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WATCH: Hockey star’s brutal move with ice skate caught on rink camera


May 22, 2023

Detroit Red Wings center Joe Veleno was playing for the Canadian team in the IIHF World Championship second-round game against Switzerland Saturday when this happened:

Veleno was in a battle for the puck on the boards when he lifted his right leg and stomped down hard and purposefully on the left leg of Nino Niederreiter, the Swiss team’s captain.

As OutKick described it, Niederreiter pinned the puck to the boards, and when Veleno could not knock it free, he just stomped on Niederreiter’s right calf.

While the egregious penalty is clear in the video, officials at the time did not notice the stomp and Veleno was not penalized. Amazingly, Niederreiter was penalized later for retaliating for the blow.

To make matters worse, the penalty resulted in a power play for the Canadian team, and according to Detroit Hockey Now, Canada scored a goal on the resulting power play to take a 1-0 lead.

Fox News reported that Niederreiter told Denik Sport, “It does not belong in our sport. You can’t do it. It’s too dangerous, the blades are extremely sharp. This doesn’t belong in hockey.”

“He try to go in the battle to hurt me and almost going to (break) my ankle. I’m very curious, what IIHF do about it. I hope they do better job,” Niederreiter continued.

Evander Kane, a star for the Edmonton Oilers, was one of many NHL stars who tweeted about the event when tweeted, “This is why fighting in Hockey is needed, it discourages ideas like this and helps police the game effectively. Disgusting play to watch.”

One of the major differences between NHL hockey and IIHF hockey, according to Sports Net, is “The IIHF is much more strict on fighting than the NHL is.”

If you fight in the NHL, you will sit in the penalty box for at least five minutes, but more than likely you will return to the game. In international hockey, on the other hand, a person who participates in a fight is assessed a match penalty and then ejected from the contest.

The injury could have been much worse than it was, and both Veleno and Niederreiter are lucky that nothing more serious happened.

Detroit Hockey Now reported that former NHL player Mikael Renberg was covering the game for a Swiss television station and stated, “It’s lucky that it’s the shin guard and not at the back. Then the heel tendon comes off, because the skate blade is so sharp. I think that is really ugly.”

According to The Athletic, “Team Canada and Red Wings forward Joe Veleno has been suspended five games in the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship for violating IIHF rules on kicking.”

Switzerland won the match 3-2.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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