IIHF's decision on Jenner expected before roster deadline Staff

12/23/2012 11:04:50 AM

The International Ice Hockey Federation is expected to render its decision on whether Team Canada forward Boone Jenner will receive any supplementary discipline before official rosters need to be submitted on Christmas Day.

Jenner was assessed a five-minute major penalty for charging and a game misconduct on Saturday for a late hit that knocked Swedish defenceman Jesper Pettersson out of the tournament with a dislocated shoulder and fractured wrist.

"I made sure my arm and my shoulder were down. I thought it was a clean hit," said Jenner after the game.

"It's out of our control. Ultimately, our feeling is (the hit) was shoulder-to-shoulder," Spott said. "If anything, maybe interference or a charge but definitely not something that's worth suspending because although Boone is an aggressive player, he didn't target anybody's head and he didn't leave his feet."

The IIHF is going over the referee's report, watching video replays of the hit and gathering other information before determining what Jenner's status will be heading into the World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, Russia.

"Jenner's hit was not malicious or vicious but it was late and there was an injury on the play, so it's tough to say how the IIHF disciplinary committee will see it," said TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.

Should Jenner be handed a lengthy suspension before Christmas Day, Team Canada could opt to leave Jenner off the roster and replace him with another player.

On Friday, forward Charles Hudon of the QMJHL's Chicoutimi Sagueneens returned home after suffering a lower back injury. He has been replaced by forward Mark McNeill of the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders.

Canada opens the tournament against Germany on Wednesday (TSN, 4am et/1am pt).