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Friday, January 04, 2013

Isles Prospect Reinhart Issued Longest Suspension in IIHF history

Griffin Reinhart has his name in the record book --but not in a way that he wants. The Islanders' first round pick was suspended four games for a high stick against the Americans yesterday.

He was given a minor penalty on the play -- and probably should have gotten at least a double minor.

The suspension is believed to be the longest in IIHF history, and will be appealed by Canada.  Regardless, it takes him out of Saturday's bronze medal game with Russia.  If upheld, the other three games must be served at an IIHF event.  Reinhart would be eligible for the 2014 World Jrs, but the suspension would take him out of nearly the entire round robin portion of the event.

As TSN notes, that could influence whether the Islanders would allow him to be a part of the team.  Assuming a) he makes the NHL next year and b) we're not talking about day 476 of this idiotic lockout.

TSN story here: http://www.tsn.ca/story/print/?id=412759

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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