Joe Beleno of Canada gets suspended from world championships after stomping incident.

The Canadian team’s chances to qualify for the IIHF World Championship have dimmed as Red Wings center Joe Veleno was suspended from the game for five matches after he injured second-place scorer Nino Niederreiter during their game against Switzerland. Veleno received the suspension due to a violation of “official rule of play 49 (kick)” after his skates made contact with the opponent’s leg. Although Veleno did not receive a penalty during the game, his actions sparked a reaction from Niederreiter, who retaliated and was eventually penalized for knocking Veleno down.

After the incident, Veleno apologized and accepted the sanctions from the IIHF. Canada Men’s National Team General Manager Doug Anderson also accepted the disciplinary action and recognized the Commission’s diligence in the decision-making process.

This is not the first time Veleno has been suspended from the IIHF. In December 2019, he lost a game due to a headbutt suspension after touching a Russian team’s defenseman’s helmet twice.

In the Saturday game against Switzerland, Veleno had scored two goals and three assists, second only to Frames defenseman Mackenzie Wieger’s eight. The incident is a setback for the Canadian team as they aim to qualify for the IIHF World Championship.

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