Jan 23, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) during the second period against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks' Edler To Be Suspended Two Additional Games by IIHF


Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler will be suspended two additional games by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

The suspension will put Edler out of action for Sweden’s first two of three preliminary games at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia—if he is named to the team.

Edler was suspended two games at the 2013 World Hockey Championships after delivering an illegal knee-to-knee hit to Carolina Hurricanes captain and Canadian forward Eric Staal. Following the conclusion of the tournament, the disciplinary committee recommended a suspension of three additional games to the International Ice Hockey Federation.

He and his agent, Mark Stowe, along with Tommy Boustedt, the development chief of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association met with the IIHF in hopes of reducing the suspension by one game and they managed to do just that.

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