IIHF suspends Sweden defenceman Loof one game for illegal hit at world juniors

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The International Ice Hockey Federation has suspended Sweden defenceman Leo Loof one game for a check to the head of Slovakia defenceman Simon Nemec.

The incident occurred in the third period of Sweden's 3-0 win over Slovakia on Monday in Red Deer, Alta.

As Nemec approached the Swedish blue line, Loof hit the Slovak defenceman while elevating his arms towards Nemec's head. Nemec hit the boards and fell to the ice as a result of the hit.

The IIHF's disciplinary panel said Loof showed no regard for the puck when delivering the hit and recklessly endangered Nemec.

Sweden was scheduled to face the United States on Wednesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 29, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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