Islanders' Radek Martinek ruled out

Updated: May 1, 2011, 9:29 AM ET
Associated Press

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- The New York Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek has been ruled out of the world hockey championship after sustaining a severe concussion in the Czech Republic's opening game against Latvia.

Czech team doctor Radomir Holibka said Sunday that Martinek likely be moved from a Bratislava hospital to the Czech Republic on Monday.

The International Ice Hockey Federation handed Latvia defenseman Arturs Kulda a three-game suspension for the hit he made on Martinek in the first period of Saturday's game. Kulda was not penalized during the game, won by the Czechs 4-2.

Jan-Ake Edvinsson, chairman of the federation's disciplinary panel, said after reviewing the incident that "the video showed Arturs Kulda jumping into the situation, hitting Martinek's head and neck area."


Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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