Posted July 29, 2013

Report: Canucks’ Alexander Edler suspended for first two games of 2014 Olympics

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Alexander Edler will reportedly be suspended for two games in the Olympics for this hit on Eric Staal (Jonathan Nackstrand/Getty Images

Alexander Edler will be out for two games in the Olympics for this hit on Eric Staal.  (Jonathan Nackstrand/Getty Images)

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler will miss the first two games of the 2014 Olympics after being suspended by the International Ice Hockey Federation, reports News 1130.

Edler’s agent said he suspected that the federation would add two games to Edler’s punishment. He was suspended two games from the World Championships.

Edler, who plays for Sweden, injured Carolina Hurricanes and Canadian forward Eric Staal in a knee-on-knee hit in the quarterfinals of the World Championships. Sweden ended up beating Canada 3-2 in a shootout.

The ruling would have Edler miss Sweden’s first two games at the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but return for Sweden’s final preliminary round game and play in the playoff round.

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Edler met with IIHF officials on the weekend and agent Mark Stowe tells News1130 Sports that the ruling could become official as soon as today.


2 comments
steven1109
steven1109

I live in Vancouver and I'm a big Edler fan. It was a dirty hit, maybe more reactionary that premeditated, but he deserves what he's getting. No player should be on the receiving end of one of those hits. (Even Marchand and Lucic).

My generation witnessed Bobby Orr's genius drained, knee-on-knee after knee-on-knee.