Oct 10, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) during the second period against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena. The San Jose Sharks won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks' Alex Edler Will Miss Sweden's First Two Games at Olympics

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler will miss Team Sweden’s first two games at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi stemming from an illegal knee-on-knee hit delivered at last year’s IIHF World Championship.

Edler injured Carolina Hurricanes and Team Canada centre Eric Staal and was assessed a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct on the play. He was suspended for the duration of the tournament by the World Championship disciplinary committee.

Following the tournament, the International Ice Hockey Federation decided to suspend Edler for two additional games. From NHL.com:

[The] disciplinary committee at the Worlds only could penalize for that tournament. Further supplementary discipline exceeding the duration of the tournament was handled by the IIHF Disciplinary Committee, and after a hearing last week in Zurich, Switzerland, the decision was made to add two games to Edler’s suspension.

Sweden’s preliminary schedule begins on Wednesday against the Czech Republic, then Friday against Switzerland, before wrapping it up against Latvia on Saturday.

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