Publish date:

Brutal slash will cost Canada's Mackenzie Blackwood two world junior games

The New Jersey Devils pick will miss the first two games of the World Junior Championship due to a suspension in the OHL for an overhand slash he dropped on a player from Sudbury. So what does this mean for the Canadians?
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Justice is swift and unmerciful in the OHL and since they're dealing with teenaged victims, it's probably for the best. But that's probably cold comfort for Team Canada and Mackenzie Blackwood after the world junior goalie and Barrie Colts starter was suspended eight games by the OHL – a long enough ban to see him miss time at the world junior tournament in Finland.

Blackwood, a 2015 draft pick of the New Jersey Devils, levelled a brutal overhand slash against Sudbury's Danny Desrochers. Here's the video.

Pretty nasty. The IIHF honors suspensions from other leagues, so Blackwood will miss Canada's first two round robin games. This is pretty crucial, since Canada kicks off the tournament against the rival Americans. Game 2 is a gimme against Denmark, but that USA tilt could have big implications for the medal round – should the U.S. win, Canada would likely finish no better than second in the pool, meaning a crossover game against a tougher opponent in the quarterfinal.

Not that Blackwood was guaranteed to start the tourney in net – Calgary Flames pick Mason McDonald of Charlottetown is another solid option and has more international experience, though Blackwood is having a better 2015-16 campaign. Due to the Blackwood suspension, Canada added Florida pick Samuel Montembeault to the roster as a third goalie. Montembeault struggled early this season with Blainville-Boisbriand, but is beginning to round into better form.

Team Canada also added Boston Bruins pick Jeremy Lauzon, a defenseman from Rouyn-Noranda, to the camp roster. Lauzon gets the slot vacated by injured St. Louis Blues pick Jake Walman.

TOP HEADLINES

USATSI_16949216_168394049_lowres
Play

Leafs' Campbell Bounces Back in Victory Against Canadiens

In his first season-opening start, Jack Campbell atoned for a difficult Game 7 against Montreal and bounced back with a 31-save victory.

John Gibson
Play

Could This Season be John Gibson's Last with the Ducks?

Questions about John Gibson's future with the rebuilding Anaheim Ducks surfaced during the summer. With the 2021-22 season underway, some Ducks fans are wondering if the 28-year-old goaltender will still be with the club by season's end.

USATSI_16942458
Play

Three Things We Learned On Opening Night of the 2021-22 NHL Season

The 105th NHL season kicked off with the birth of a new franchise and the start of a three-peat run. Here are the biggest things we learned on Day 1 of the NHL season.