Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 12/19/11
I'm Harrison Mooney of Puck Daddy's department of blogs devoted to looking at suspensions handed out by the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety. Monday night, an incident occurred: One day after a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Calgary Flames in which Rene Bourque hit Brent Seabrook from behind, Brendan Shahanan made a video explaining his decision to suspend Rene Bourque two games for this hit. This is that video: That's two games for a player with no history of discipline for a play on which there was no apparent injury. In other words, Shanny showed mercy. Here's the part that really stands out to me: Not only does Boruque pursue Seabrook for several feet -- he fails to minimize this dangerous play to an acceptable degree. Not unlike the Kevin Porter knee-on-knee with David Booth, the distance the player travels to get to the hit is a major factor in Shanahan's decision. Presumably, the farther you travel, the more time you have to recognize you're ...
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