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Statement on Joe Veleno suspension

Doug Armstrong has issued a statement on the suspension given to Joe Veleno at the 2023 IIHF World Championship

May 21, 2023

RIGA, Latvia – The following is a statement on behalf of Doug Armstrong, general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team, in response to the suspension given to Joe Veleno (Kirkland, Que./Detroit, NHL) at the 2023 IIHF World Championship:

“We have been informed that the IIHF Disciplinary Committee has imposed a five-game suspension to Joe Veleno for an on-ice incident that occurred during Canada’s game against Switzerland on May 20. Canada’s National Men’s Team acknowledges the role of the committee and appreciate the diligence that went into the decision-making process, and we accept and support the IIHF’s decision.”

The following is a statement on behalf of Joe Veleno:

“I have been notified of the five-game suspension imposed by the IIHF for my actions in our game against Switzerland. I accept the sanction from the IIHF and apologize for my actions.”

To read the official announcement from the IIHF, please visit

For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Team, please visit, or follow along through social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and by using #IIHFWorlds.

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

[email protected] 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

[email protected]

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

[email protected]

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