Stefan Noesen’s 10-game suspension by the Ontario Hockey League could cost him a chance to represent the United States at the world junior championships.
Noesen, the Plymouth Whalers star winger and Ottawa Senators prospect, was slapped with the penalty after receiving a charging major and game misconduct when he left his feet before hitting Tyler Hore of the Oshawa Generals into the boards on Dec. 8.
The International Ice Hockey Federation, which governs all international tournaments, has previously honoured the suspensions handed out by sanctioned leagues. Noesen, who has scored 17 goals and nine assists in 26 games and is a dangerous scoring threat for the U.S. juniors, will have only served three games of the suspension by the time the tournament begins Dec. 26.
If the IIHF stands by the OHL’s ruling, it’s believed USA Hockey would appeal the decision.
Last year, Niagara Falls right winger Tom Kuhnhackl was ineligible to play for his native Germany at the Division I world junior championships because he was in the midst of serving a 20-game suspension, also handed down by the OHL. The German team did not appeal that ruling.