I look back at the worst calls, player choices, and coaching decisions in the history of the World Junior Tournament. One entry for every day of the event, so check back often!
In a 2013 WJHC game against Slovakia, Canada found itself down 2-0 in the first 10 minutes. While still trailing 2-1 in the second period, Canada’s Anthony Camara sent Patrik Luza to the cleaners on a stretcher with a devastating blindside hit.
In a tournament which usually features rather uptight officiating as far as body contact and hitting with force, I thought this was at first an exceptional no call by the international zebras here, one being from the Czech Republic and the other from Finland. But after some discussion, the maximum 5 minute major penalty and game misconduct was served to Camara, ultimately for charging. This was clearly a panic call because of the extent of the injury and the IIHF must have disagreed with them because there was no follow up suspension.
The fact this was even called a penalty combined with zero supplemental discipline is most likely the product of a not so controversial incident from the first period of the same game.
Canada’s J.C. Lipon threw an obviously terrible hit on Slovakian Tomas Mikus. This was brutal technique resulting in a high hit directly to the head and earned Lipon a legitimate 5 minute penalty and game misconduct, followed by a one game suspension from the IIHF.
Video: Eric Burton
There were several other incidents both ways creating a tense and potentially volatile situation, but unfortunately for the Slovaks the Camara penalty incident unnerved them. Slovakia scored on an eventual 5 on 3 to go up 3-1, but Canada roared back to win the 2nd period 4-1 and the game 6-3.