International Ice Hockey Federation

Sabolic suspended

Sabolic suspended

Slovene forward out for one game

Published 09.05.2015 16:03 GMT+2 | Author Adam Steiss
Sabolic suspended
Sabolic will miss Slovenia's game against Team USA on Sunday. Photo: Richard Wolowicz / HHOF-IIHF Images
The IIHF Disciplinary Panel has issued a one-game suspension to Team Slovenia forward Robert Sabolic.

Sabolic will miss Team Slovenia’s next preliminary round game on 10 May against the United States.

The suspension comes as a result of a check from behind that occurred during Slovenia’s game against Norway on 8 May. The violation occurred at 22:26 in the Norwegian defensive zone at the boards behind the net. Sabolic took 6-7 strides gaining speed from the blueline to the point of contact with Norway defenceman Daniel Sorvik, who was in possession of the puck.

Although Sorvik knew Sabolic was coming he was still unable to protect or defend himself from the hit due to Sabolic's speed and aggressive delivery of the check from behind, which trapped Sorvik who had no place to go. Sorvik fell to the ice appearing to be injured and later left the ice to receive medical treatment in the dressing room before returning to play.

The Disciplinary Panel determined that Sabolic came in clearly from behind and was committed to check Sorvik. He followed through his check which forced Sorvik violently into the boards. Having travelled a long distance before delivering the body check, Sabolic had plenty of time to make a different decision.

The Panel found that the action was in violation with Rule 123 Checking from Behind. His action took advantage of his opponent’s vulnerable position, was reckless and endangered the health of Sorvik.

Sabolic will be eligible to return in Slovenia’s final preliminary round game against Denmark on 11 May.


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