Does NHL’s Colin Campbell Just Spin a Wheel When Handing out Suspensions?

December 9th, 2009 by Ryan Pickard Leave a reply »

Colin Campbell has been the head disciplinarian of the NHL for the past 11 years and he has handed down his fair share of suspensions over the years.

The question, though, is how does he really decide how to hand out these suspensions?

To date, there have been 13 players suspended for a total of 31 this year. The most known was Alexander Ovechkin's two-game suspension for a knee on knee hit on Tim Gleason of the Carolina Hurricanes.

With the suspensions though, there have been a lot of calls asking how Campbell comes to his decisions. It seems as though he just decides how many games he wants to suspend somebody without using any sort of system.

For example, this year we have already seen two slew footing incidents. The first was done by Evgeny Artyukhin of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was suspended for three games. Then just a day later Alex Ovechkin was fined $2,500 for a slew foot incident but was not suspended.

Why would one guy be suspended and the other just receive a fine? Was Campbell saying that he won't suspend the star players in the game today? In his ruling Campbell stated that it was because ...

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