Team Canada’s Joe Felino suspended for 5 games at IIHF World Championships with leg injury

Team Canada and Red Wings forward Joe Felino has been suspended for five games at the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship for violating International Kickball Federation rules. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Felino stepped on Swiss captain Nino Niedereiter’s leg with his skates in the second half of Saturday’s loss to Switzerland.
  • The referees did not call for a shouting order for Felino, but then awarded Niedereiter a two-minute minor penalty for his response to Felino.
  • The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Disciplinary Committee announced that Felino will miss Canada’s next five games, starting with the game against Norway on Monday.


Felino, 23, violated a section of IIHF rules that describes kicking as “the act of a player using his skateboard(s) with a kicking motion to propel the puck or enter in contact with an adversary”.

Felino has not been suspended during his NHL career, but was suspended for one game at the 2019 Ice Hockey World Junior Championships for headbutting.

Niedereater for journalists After Saturday’s game, Filino’s move “doesn’t belong in our sport” and he described it as dangerous.

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