Chris Egli hit William Nylander (via YouTube)
Swiss winger Chris Egli has drawn a three-game suspension for his hit on Swedish center and Toronto Maple Leafs top prospect William Nylander. The IIHF Disciplinary Panel ruled Egli’s hit was violent and he “endangered the safety of his opponent.”
Chris Egli won’t be back in Switzerland’s lineup until the playoff or relegation round of the World Junior Championship after the IIHF’s Disciplinary Panel slapped the Swiss winger with a three-game suspension.
Egli, 19, was the Swiss player who dropped Swedish star and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander with a vicious hit that sent the 19-year-old Swede spiralling through the air and potentially knocked out of at least a few tournament games for Sweden.
“Nylander had just gained possession of the puck and was turning to move up the ice when Egli came in and delivered a check to the head to Nylander, who dropped to the ice and then had to leave the game,” the IIHF said in a statement released Sunday. “The Panel confirmed that Egli’s hit is in violation of rule no. 124 Checking to the Head or Neck. The Panel also determined had Egli had ample time to alter his approach to avoid violently checking Nylander in the head, that his actions endangered the safety of his opponent and that supplemental discipline is applicable.”
Egli will be allowed to return to the Swiss lineup in time for the elimination rounds of the tournament, but no sooner. Egli wasn’t an offensive star for the Swiss and it doesn’t appear his absence will be a major loss for Switzerland.
The hit, which occurred in the first period, left Nylander stunned and possibly concussed, though Swedish team doctor Sofia Sunnerud would not confirm whether Nylander had suffered a concussion.
Sunday, Sunnerud told hockeysverige.se’s Uffe Bodin that Nylander is “feeling a lot better, but won’t be on the ice for the next few days.” Sunnerud also told Bodin she has been in contact with the Maple Leafs and that Nylander will remain with the team for the duration of the tournament.
The Swiss are back in action Sunday against the Danes in a game that could have major implications on which team — Switzerland or Denmark — is headed to the relegation round. Sweden is back on the ice Monday against USA.