Zurich, Switzerland (Sports Network) - The International Ice Hockey
Federation extended Swedish defenseman Alexander Edler's two-game suspension
an additional two contests Tuesday, stemming from an incident in the World
Edler, who plays with the NHL's Vancouver Canucks, received a major for
kneeing and a game misconduct for delivering a deliberate hit to Canada's Eric
Staal during a May 16 quarterfinal. He was suspended for the remaining two
contests of the tournament.
But after a hearing at IIHF headquarters last week, the federation decided to
extend the penalty an additional two games, both of which are set to occur
next February at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Sweden will open up Olympic play against the Czech Republic on Feb. 12 and
then takes on Switzerland two days later.
Staal suffered a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his
right knee and, though surgery was not required, the injury was set to take
three months to fully heal.
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