Brendan Shanahan: New NHL Sheriff Doles Out 2 Preseason Suspensions

September 23rd, 2011 by Keegan McNally Leave a reply »
Former superstar Brendan Shanahan took over the reins as the NHL's chief player disciplinarian this past June with a mission. 

As the Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations, Shanahan made it his goal to reduce blindside blows to the head, limit the amount of players suffering concussions and to further emphasize that illegality of boarding when the player being hit is absolutely defenseless. 

It is a daunting task, especially when the previous head of player safety, Colin Campbell, was severely scrutinized for the length, intent and seemingly unbiased nature of his suspensions after illegal checks and misconduct. 

Shanahan wasted no time laying down the new laws of the NHL, suspending two players—Flyers enforcer Jody Shelley and Flames winger Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond—in preseason action on Thursday, September 22. 

Shelley was suspended all of the remaining games in the preseason and five regular season games for his hit on Darryl Boyce. Letourneau-Leblond was also suspended all of the preseason plus one regular season game for Calgary after he delivered an illegal boarding hi ...

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