Canada's Weber suspended 3 games for hit to head

4/29/2007 - NHL

MYTISCHI, Russia -- Canada's Shea Weber was suspended Sunday
for three matches at the Hockey World Championships for hitting
German forward Yannic Seidenberg in the head a day earlier.

Weber, a Nashville Predators defenseman, was ejected 1:19 into
Saturday's game after elbowing Seidenberg in the chin. Weber
received a five-minute major and a game misconduct. He will miss
the rest of Canada's preliminary round matches, against Norway and
Slovakia, plus its first qualifying round game.

"A three-game suspension in a tournament like this is awfully
tough," Canadian coach Andy Murray said. "It's the equivalent of
a 40-game suspension back in the National Hockey League based on
the number of games we're playing here -- but that's what they
decided and that's what we'll deal with."

Weber said he meant to bodycheck Seidenberg, not hit him in the
head or hurt him.

"Obviously, I was thinking about it all night," Weber said.
"It's unfortunate. I'm going to serve it and hopefully come back
and help out."

Following a video review of the incident, the International Ice
Hockey Federation's governing body voted 19-3 in favor of the
suspension. IIHF president Rene Fasel had proposed a five-match

"I'm not surprised there was further disciplinary action
taken," Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman said. "I am
aware that this type of hit, hits to the head is a major concern
for the IIHF. Now looking forward, everyone sees a standard has
been set.

Seidenberg had a concussion and will miss at least the next
match against 2002 champion Slovakia, and German coach Uwe Krupp
said the forward likely will be out for the rest of the tournament.

"I've seen the replay on TV," Seidenberg said. "I can't
remember anything -- not even the check itself."