Red Wings prospect earns multi-game suspension

He'll be sitting for a while, but is appealing.



Detroit Red Wings prospect Theodor Niederbach ran afoul of the Swedish Hockey League thanks to his hit to an opponent's head, but his club is appealing the decision.

Niederbach, who currently plays for MoDo Hockey, caught Timra’s Axel Rindell with a high hit and was given a match penalty and ejected from the game. In addition to being suspended for the next four games, he was also assessed a fine of what is the US equivalent of just over $600. 

Take a look at the play in question below: 

Translation: "MoDo is appealing the disciplinary board's decision to suspend Theodor Niederbach for four matches after this situation, reports Expressen"

The appeal process is ongoing, and according to the team sports director, the player that Niederbach hit should have had his head up. 

“We think the outcome is far too harsh considering that their players take no responsibility at all in this case,” MoDo sports director Henrik Gradin wrote in a text message to Swedish website Expressen. “I’m afraid of where Swedish ice hockey is going,”

He was selected 51st overall (Round 2) of the 2020 NHL Draft by the Red Wings, though he must be given a contract by the club by June 1 or they'll lose his NHL rights. He's scored five goals and five assists in 42 games played with MoDo this season so far. 

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