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Update on Jakub Zboril suspension

Update on Jakub Zboril suspension

Czech defenceman to miss game against Canada

Published 19.04.2015 13:34 GMT+2 | Author Adam Steiss
Update on Jakub Zboril suspension
Zboril will return to play in the Czech Republic's final preliminary round game against Switzerland. Photo: Richard Wolowicz / HHOF-IIHF Images
Czech national team player Jakub Zboril will miss his second game of the 2015 U18 Worlds, due to a suspension issued by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Zboril’s suspension was handed down earlier in April for a check to the head infraction that occured while he was playing with his club the Saint John Seadogs. Despite the suspension, the Czech national team dressed Zboril for the team’s opening game of the U18 Worlds against Finland. As a suspension levied by the QMJHL applies to IIHF competitions, Zboril was ineligible for participation in that game.

Once the eligibility infraction was brought to the attention of the IIHF Directorate, which immediately suspended Zboril for the team’s next game against Latvia. As the suspension was for two games, Zboril will miss the team’s next game against Canada on Sunday 19 May.

Following the tournament Directorate meeting held on Saturday night, it was decided that the use of Zboril as an ineligible player will not affect the result of the Finland-Czech Republic game, which will be maintained as 6-1 win for Finland. The result will not be a forfeit and players that registered points in the game will not be affected, with the exception of Zboril whose statistics registered in the game will be discounted.


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