The 2016 World Junior Championships sure have gotten off to a violent start.
The highly-anticipated matchup between Canada and the United States featured the tournament's third ejection in the first day after USA forward Alex DeBrincat speared Canada forward Travis Konecny in the groin.
DeBrincat took issue with Konecny bumping into him after a whistle mid-way through the first period, but DeBrincat's reaction probably didn't fit the crime.
DeBrincat spears Konecny. Gets kicked out of the game. pic.twitter.com/bOw5MIH7DU— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) December 26, 2015
DeBrincat was assessed a five-minute major for spearing and a game misconduct. Konecny was relatively unhurt after the incident, and the United States killed off the penalty successfully.
This is already the third ejection in the first day of the World Junior Championship. Two Swiss players were ejected in a 6-2 loss against Sweden, and one of those ejectable hits injured top Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander.