Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 10/4/11
There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s redefining the way the NHL treats dangerous and illegal hits. Former player Brendan Shanahan took over Colin Campbell’s role as League disciplinarian in June. Though the regular season has yet to begin, Shanahan has already set a strong tone and has demonstrated how he will handle discipline in the NHL. With the season set to start this week, Shanny has already suspended 9 players for a total of 31 regular season games. Even more importantly, he has been extremely transparent, releasing videos explaining his decisions. This makes the issues considerably more black and white, helping players, coaches, and fans understand certain situations that can often be very gray. By all accounts, people approve of Shanhan’s decisions so far. He has a good rapport with players, as he was very well-liked and well-respected when he played. Additionally, because he just retired in 2009, Shanahan is intimately familiar with the way the game is currently played. Ironically enough, Shanny owns the unofficial record for most Gordie Howe hat tricks in a career (goal, assist, fight). He was a tough player and the kind of player who would get fiery on the ice. He’s seen [...]
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