Based on the Griffin Reinhart suspension, one might think IIHF stands for Inconsistency In Hockey Fouls.
In a world junior championship which has had a slew of suspensions, the Team Canada defenceman getting a four-game ban for a two-minute high-sticking penalty on Thursday is the hardest to get wrapped around. One can abide the International Ice Hockey Federation lawyerspeak that Reinhart, who has a whopping 12 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings juniors this season, was "very careless, dangerous and avoidable" when he struck Team USA's Vince Trocheck in the head with his stick. Or, if you prefer, Reinhart's stick struck Trocheck's head as he lost his balance:
The IIHF rationale is as follows:
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Reinhart entered the corner with the puck and was checked by USA forward Vince Trocheck. Both players became tangled up with Reinhart dropping to his knees. Trocheck made contact in an attempt to continue to play the puck.
Once on his knees, Reinhart made eye contact with his opponent, raised his stick and delivered a two-handed slash to the head and neck area of Trocheck, who fell to the ice as a result of the infraction. Reinhart was assessed a minor penalty for high-sticking. There was no apparent injury incurred by Trocheck.
... the IIHF Disciplinary Panel deemed this action to be very careless, dangerous and avoidable, and for this the player shall be held accountable.
Based on the aforementioned, the Disciplinary Panel came to the unanimous conclusion that although there was no injury to the opposing player, the action was dangerous to the safety of Trocheck and was avoidable. (IIHF media release)