Canucks: Edler’s Spot on Team Sweden Might Be in Jeopardy

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler‘s spot on Team Sweden for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics might be in jeopardy due to a suspension stemming from a hit at the 2013 World Hockey Championships.

Edler was suspended for the rest of the World Championships after he delivered an illegal knee-to-knee hit to Carolina Hurricanes captain and Canadian forward Eric Staal.

The suspension ended up being for two games after Sweden advanced to the finals to capture gold. Following the conclusion of the tournament, the disciplinary committee recommended a suspension of three additional games to the International Ice Hockey Federation.

The next IIHF-sanctioned event is the Olympics and if the suspension is upheld, it would put Edler out of action for all three of Sweden’s preliminary games. Sweden’s brass may elect to pass on Edler and name a player that will be available for them throughout the tournament rather than just the elimination rounds.

Edler will have a hearing with the IIHF on Saturday to appeal the suspension. He will attend with his agent Mark Stowe and Tommy Boustedt, the development chief of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association.

They are hoping to reduce the suspension to one or two games. Stowe believes they have video evidence to show the hit wasn’t as severe as it appeared.

H/T to TheScore.com

Topics: Alexander Edler, Olympics, Vancouver Canucks

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