Justin Abdelkader may be Team USA’s captain in the IIHF World Hockey Championships, but he certainly isn’t playing like a leader. For the second time in the tournament, the Detroit Red Wings winger has gotten in trouble for a dirty hit.
The first incident came a few days ago, when Abdelkader was suspended after a knee-to-knee shot he dished out on Konstantin Pushkaryovbegan during the U.S.’s group stage game against Kazakhstan.
Today, the punishment came immediately, as Abdelkader was ejected for charging. In the second period, with the score tied 1-1, Abdelkader took a run at Vladimir Sabotka after the Czech forward had unleashed a shot.
The hit was both late and high, with Abdelkader sending his forearm through Sabotka’s head/neck area. Abdelkader also left his feet to deliver the blow, which made it even more dangerous.
If the U.S. manage to win this matchup, they can expect to be without their captain, who is likely facing another suspension for this hit.