During Team Canada’s first pretournament game at the World Cup of Hockey – played against Team USA – American forward Ryan Kesler earned himself a boarding game misconduct for a hit on Canadian defenseman Shea Weber.
He won’t see any more missed time than he already has, though.
It was confirmed on Saturday morning that Kesler, who was ejected from the game for his hit on the newly-acquired Montreal Canadiens blue liner, won’t see any supplemental discipline for his hit on Weber. That means he’ll stick around for Team USA’s next pretournament game and beyond, assuming he doesn’t do anything else to get him in trouble.
Team USA made it clear coming into their game that the team wanted to play a gritty style of hockey, and the hit certainly confirmed that – although there’s a line between ‘tough to play against’ and illegal hits, which Kesler undoubtedly crossed. The subsequent scrums from his hit resulted in Team USA going on the power play, so something worked – but it isn’t likely to win them any favors with Team Canada moving forward.
Team USA and Team Canada will face off again tonight for another pretournament tilt at 7:00 PM EST. Between Kesler’s boarding issue and a particularly rough hit from fellow USA forward TJ Oshie on Canadian winger Logan Couture, it’s pretty likely that the next game will see at least a few faces with a memory for what went down just 24 hours prior.
The game will be broadcast on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada, and on ESPN3 in the United States.