The KHL Disciplinary Committee has reviewed the incident from the 37th minute of Tuesday’s game between Dynamo Moscow and Severstal, when the Muscovites’ forward Maxim Pestushko was injured as a result of a dirty hit by Cherepovets defenseman Kirill Sviyazov. After viewing the available video footage of the challenge, and taking note of Pestushko’s injuries, the Committee has imposed on Sviyazov a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) for injuring an opponent by checking to the head and neck area and banned the player for ten games – the maximum punishment allowed by the KHL Regulations.
“It was with these incidents in mind that we decided last year to increase the maximum available punishment,” said Valery Kamensky,chairman of the Disciplinary Committee. “The doctors’ preliminary diagnosis is that Pestushko has sustained craniocerebral injuries, concussion, and fractures of the facial bones. The extent to which he will recover is still unclear. A player must take responsibility for what he does on the ice, and we shall continue to use the most severe punishments on those who commit such attacks to the head, so that injuries of this nature will no longer occur.”