The Shanahan Era
Brendan Shanahan officially kicked off his reign as the NHL’s head disciplinarian on Thursday in a big way!
Shanny suspended Flames forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (or “Peter Hyphen”) for the rest of the preseason (four games), plus one regular season game for a hit on Vancouver’s Matt Clackson on Tuesday. It was a pretty standard hit from behind, but nothing like what Jody Shelley did the next night!
Shelley absolutely destroyed Toronto’s Darryl Boyce from behind, leaving the NHL’s VP of Player Safety no choice but to throw the book at him. The Flyers enforcer, who was suspended twice last season, will sit out the rest of the preseason (five games) and the first five games of the regular season, at a cost of $67,073.15.
Shanny let us know about the suspensions via a couple of videos on the NHL website on Thursday, a first for the league.
You know, I was a little bit worried about the level of consistency we’d be seeing from the NHL this season after watching the breakdown of the new headshot/boarding rules this week, but it might not be so bad after all. I still think it’s going to be very tough for the on-ice officials to pick out the subtleties of these rules at game speed, but the supplemental discipline side might make up for that…(AFTER THE JUMP: League bans men from games, Fan recreates Fernando Torres miss on FIFA 11) (more…)