Vancouver Canucks’ Edler suspended for two Olympic games

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Vancouver Canucks’ Edler suspended for two Olympic games

Zurich,   Switzerland   (Sports  Network)   –  The  International  Ice  Hockey Federation  extended  Swedish defenseman Alexander Edler’s two-game suspension an  additional  two contests Tuesday,  stemming from  an incident in the World Championship.

Edler,  who plays  with  the NHL’s  Vancouver Canucks,  received  a major  for kneeing and a game misconduct for delivering a deliberate hit to Canada’s Eric Staal  during  a May 16  quarterfinal. He was  suspended for the remaining two contests of the tournament.

But  after a hearing at IIHF headquarters last week, the federation decided to extend  the  penalty an additional  two games, both of  which are set to occur next February at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Sweden  will  open up Olympic  play against the Czech  Republic on Feb. 12 and then takes on Switzerland two days later.

Staal  suffered a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right  knee and,  though surgery was not  required, the injury was set to take three months to fully heal.

07/30 15:29:27 ET
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