Team Canada defenceman Braden Schneider will sit out Sunday’s game against Slovakia after being suspended one game by the IIHF for an illegal check to the head.

In Canada’s opening game against Germany at the World Junior Championship on Saturday night, Schneider hit German forward Jan-Luca Schumacher in the head halfway through the first period. He was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct for an illegal check to the head.

With Canada holding a 2-0 lead, Germany scored on the five-minute power play to make it a 2-1 game. Canada went on to win the game 16-2.

He is eligible to return for Canada's game against Switzerland on Tuesday.

Schneider, 19, was drafted in the first round (19th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers. In 2019-20, he recorded seven goals and 35 assists with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings.