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Associated Press
8/8/2006 8:59:37 AM

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) - Mika Hannula of Sweden has been suspended for four games and fined for his cross-check against Canada's Sidney Crosby during the IIHF world championship semifinal.

Sweden beat Canada 5-4 and went on to win the title in Riga, Latvia, by beating the Czech Republic 4-0. Hannula was suspended for the final.

The disciplinary panel found the one-game ban "not sufficient to penalize the dangerous attack," the International Ice Hockey Federation said in a statement Tuesday.

Video analysis of the game and referee reports proved that the Swede's check on Crosby came from behind and hit the right side of his neck and head, the IIHF said.

Hannula will now be suspended for the first four games of the 2007 IIHF world championship in Moscow. He was also fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($4,565 Cdn).

Hannula can appeal the decision, the statement said.
 

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I don't like Crosby much, but that was dirty. getting cross-checked like that after he scored.

I think 4 games is getting off easy, I remember when Wade Belak got 8 for when he was off balance (as always) and he slipped and accidentally caught Vanaanen in the face a few years back.

Of course, it was after the ____ ________ incident, so the National Hockey League was kind of jumpy at the time.

I guess I'll just say that I'm glad it wasn't a 1 or 2 game ban. The IIHF could have done more, but at least it wasn't a joke.
 
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