Slovak hockey player Juraj Slafkovský got a distance in the Finnish top competition Liiga for six matches for a foul in the match of his TPS Turku against Kärpät Oulu on January 22.
Slafkovský hit the opponent in the head and neck area with his elbow at the beginning of the second period, for which he received a penalty of five minutes in the match and by the end of the duel. Kärpät scored three goals in this power play, and thanks to them he won 5: 4.
Turku has already played one duel since then and today another one is waiting for him, so Slafkovský will not be able to play only four more matches.
The great hope for the top ten of the upcoming draft is thus not an ideal start to the new year, or the end of the previous one. The 17-year-old striker last played for Turku on December 11, then moved to the national team under the age of 20 and prepared for the junior championship.
However, the Slovaks played only two matches on it and then canceled the tournament for COVID-19 last calendar year. In addition, Slafkovský became infected with the coronavirus there, and his return to Finland was thus postponed. Then the contagion spread to the TPS Turku team and they had to postpone their matches.
When he finally finished the match after more than a month, he played in it for only 6 minutes and 2 seconds and wandered under the showers after a foul. Juraj Slafkovský is also nominated by Slovakia for the upcoming Olympics in Beijing. Between the junior championship and the Olympics, he managed to play only the mentioned six minutes.