Justin Abdelkader was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct for the hit, but there were no other repercussions until today.
Team USA forward Justin Abdelkader was suspended three games for a check to the head and neck area of Czech player Vladimir Sobotka at 6:41 of the second period in the teams’ quarter-final encounter on 22nd May.
Supported by the video and the report of the championship’s disciplinary panel, the Deciding Panel of the IIHF Disciplinary Board concluded that after Sobotka had shot the puck, Abdelkader did not alter his path nor attempt to play the puck but followed through with what appeared to be a lunge, leaving the ice with his feet and delivering a very forceful check striking Sobotka in the head and neck area with his shoulder. Sobotka immediately fell to the ice. He was escorted from the ice by his team’s medical staff and did not return for the remainder of the game but did return to play in the two following games.
Despite the three game suspension, Justin Abdelkader is getting off light. The IIHF has the power to suspend Justin Abdelkader for his next three international games, but instead they are only suspending him from the first three games of the 2015 World Championships.
If Abdelkader does not play in the 2015 World Championships the suspension will not carry over into 2016 and Justin Abdelkdaer will be able to play.