Canada’s Joe Veleno Receives 5-Game Suspension for Skate Stomp Incident

The Disciplinary Panel at the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship has handed a 5-game suspension to Joe Veleno from Team Canada for intentionally stamping on the leg of Switzerland’s Nino Niederreiter.

The incident was seen as one of the most disgusting plays in hockey by many. The Detroit Red Wings player lifted his skate and intentionally brought it down on Niederreiter’s leg during a sequence on the sideboards.

San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane criticized the incident and expressed his disgust in a tweet.

Interestingly, Veleno didn’t get called for a penalty during the game, but Niederreiter did as part of a later scrum in front of the net. The IIHF released a statement saying that Veleno has broken Rule 49 (kicking) and would miss the next five games.

These include Game #48 (CAN v. NOR) of the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and the Canadian National Team’s quarter-final game, semi-final game and final game of the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, if they qualify for these games.

Veleno, who was drafted 30th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings, has 18 goals and 36 points in 152 career games. It remains to be seen if this incident will have any impact when the two players meet again on the ice in an NHL game.

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