Willie Desjardins will have one less blueliner to turn to tonight for Team Canada's round robin test against Slovakia.
Oshawa Generals defenceman Calvin de Haan suffered a suspected concussion Monday against Switzerland - the Canadian team is calling it an upper body injury - and won't be available as the unbeaten Canadians take on the 1-1 Slovaks. The youngster is a good puckmover, and now it will be up to Jared Cowan to move up in the Canadian lineup and take more minutes.
It's not clear whether de Haan will be available to play against the U.S. on New Year's Eve.
Maple Leaf prospect Nazem Kadri, meanwhile, is in some hot water for a throat-slashing gesture he made towards a Swiss player in Canada's 6-0 victory. Kadri admitted to the gesture, and Desjardins, the Canadian coach, wrote it off to the London Knights forward being frustrated with playing a poor game.
In Canada's opener against Latvia, Kadri took a minor and misconduct in the first period for what was deemed a head shot foul.
Latvia, meanwhile, fell to 0-3 today with a 12-1 loss to the United States. Latvia has been outscored 36-4 in three games.