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No further discipline on Dumba for kneeing Karlsson

TSN.ca Staff

12/23/2013 4:54:21 PM

Hockey Canada was informed by the International Ice Hockey Federation on Monday that defenceman Mathew Dumba will not be disciplined further for kneeing forward Erik Karlsson during Team Canada's 3-0 loss to Sweden in a pre-tournament game for the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Dumba was given a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for the incident.

"Honestly, it's hard to remember. I was going for that puck off the draw and I just fronted the guy," Dumba told TSN after being informed of the decision. "I know I went to hit him and might have just shifted sideways. I had no intent to do that hit, but obviously it was a penalty so just fortunate enough that they didn't give me a suspension."

Any suspension would have been a blow to Canada's defence, which already has Griffin Reinhart serving a three-game suspension once the World Junior tournament begins on Boxing Day.

"It was pretty nerve-wracking," said Dumba. "I just didn't want to put that on my teammates. It was a good relief before the game when Brent came in and said, 'This is the set team and we don't have to worry about that (suspension)."