Canada's Weber suspended 3 games for hit to head

Updated: April 29, 2007, 10:21 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

Shea Weber

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 ban.

"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."

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press