To miss game in 2017
Holzer will miss the first preliminary round game of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
The suspension comes as a result of a pair of violations that occurred during Germany’s quarter-final game against Russia.
Both violations occurred during the third period of Thursday’s game. The first incident occurred at 52:46, when Holzer skated behind Russian forward Vadim Shipachyov in front of the German goal, delivering a cross check to Shipachyov who subsequently fell to the ice. After Shipachyov got up onto his feet, Holzer speared him in the lower part of his body.
Later at 55:25, Holzer was in front of the Russian goal together with Anton Belov, before butt-ending the Russian defenceman in the stomach with his stick.
After conducting a review, the Disciplinary Panel determined that Holzer’s actions were in direct violation of Official Playing Rule 121 (Butt-Ending) and Official Playing Rule 161 (Spearing). Both actions were dangerous and reckless and show unsportsmanlike behavior and warranted additional disciplinary action in the form of a one-game suspension.
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