Swiss Captain Yannick Rathgeb Suspended 2 Games

Photo: Andre Ringuette, HHOF-IIHF Images

Photo: Andre Ringuette, HHOF-IIHF Images

The IIHF Disciplinary Panel has decided to suspend Team Switzerland’s captain Yannick Rathgeb for his hit to the head of Team Sweden’s Anton Blidh. Blidh was injured on the play and needed help from the medical staff to leave the ice surface. The Swedish forward was unable to return to the game. Rathgeb was given a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for violating rule 122.4 – Charging. The Panel felt that Rathgeb could have avoided the check but went through with it regardless of Blidh being in a vulnerable position. In addition to rule 122.4, it was determined that Rathgeb violated rule 124.1 to 4 – Checking to the Head or Neck.

An injured Anton Blidh (Photo: Peter Wixtröm)

An injured Anton Blidh
(Photo: Peter Wixtröm)

With the suspension, the Swiss rearguard will miss the first two games of the best-of-three relegation round series against Team Germany. If needed, Rathgeb will be able to join his teammates in game 3 of the series on Monday, January 5th.

Anton Blidh currently plays for Frölunda of the Swedish Hockey League, formerly known as SEL. He has 16PIM and a -7 rating through 29 games. Blidh also played one game for Frölunda J20 where he posted a goal and an assist. Blidh was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 6th round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Yannick Rathgeb is a member of the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL. In 16 games this season, the blue liner has recorded 2 goals and 7 assists while taking a trip to the penalty box for a total of 29 minutes.

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