The last time Boone Jenner went the World Junior Championships, he had to watch Canada’s bronze medal game from the press box due to a suspension for spearing Russia’s Evgeni Kuznetsov. This year, the Columbus Blue Jackets prospect will be starting the tournament in the same spot.
Jenner was suspended for three games after a late hit on Jesper Pettersson during Canada’s preliminary game against Sweden Saturday in Helsinki. Pettersson was taken off the ice on a stretcher and later diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and fractured wrist. Jenner was given a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct penalty.
The IIHF explained their reason for the suspension on their website:
The video material indicated that the hit was late and delivered with no intention to play the puck and with Pettersson being in a vulnerable position. The five-man IIHF Disciplinary Panel is of the opinion that the application of playing rule 552b (Charging) is correct and that it was Jenner’s intention to deliver the forceful check in spite of having the opportunity to at least make an attempt to avoid contact on Petterson.
The hit was delivered far too late. This resulted in an injury to Sweden’s Petterson and for this Jenner is to be held accountable.
Steve Spott, Team Canada’s head coach, said “Ultimately, our feeling is [the hit] was shoulder-to-shoulder. If anything, maybe interference or a charge but definitely not something that’s worth suspending, because although Boone is an aggressive player, he didn’t target anybody’s head and he didn’t leave his feet.”
The tournament begins on the 26th with Canada playing Germany that day. Jenner will also miss games against Slovakia on the 28th and Team USA on the 30th.