Colin Campbell Should Be Dismissed for the Sake of the NHL

January 13th, 2011 by Randolph Charlotin Leave a reply »
On Sunday the NHL suspended Calgary’s Tom Kostopoulos six games for a hit on Detroit forward Brad Stuart. On the play, Kostopoulos’s elbow contacted Stuart directly in the face, breaking Stuart’s jaw.

NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell made the decision to suspend Kostopoulous, saying, “Kostopoulos delivered a blow to the head of an unsuspecting and vulnerable player. As well, he targeted the head of his opponent and, while the hit was not from the blindside, the head was the principal point of contact. The fact that Brad Stuart was not in possession of the puck when the blow was delivered and the serious nature of the player's injury were also considered in my decision."

It was action that was long overdue from Campbell, the league’s disciplinarian. But it doesn’t erase years of his ignorance. The murmur calling for Campbell’s dismissal has existed for some time. The reasons to put a stop to all the talk and finally can him couldn’t be more convincing today.

The desire for Campbell’s head was personal in Boston for years. Campbell did nothing when Pittsbur ...

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