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Jody Shelley gets 10 game suspension

Posted on: September 22, 2011 7:58 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:31 pm

By: Adam Gretz

We knew Thursday was going to be a big day for Brendan Shanahan to see how he would handle the Jody Shelley incident from Wednesday's Flyers-Maple Leafs game, when the Philadelphia forward was ejected for boarding Toronto's Darryl Boyce.

Just hours after Shanahan appeared in a video describing the five-game suspension he issued to Calgary's Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, it was announced that Shelley will be suspended for what amounts to 10 games -- the final five games of the preseason and the first five games of the regular season.

He won't be eligible to return to the Philadelphia lineup until Thursday, Oct. 20 when the Flyers host the Washington Capitals.

The incident occurred midway through the second period when Boyce chased the puck into the Flyers zone and was then sent into the glass with a high hit from behind by Shelley. The play resulted in a five-minute major penalty as well as a game misconduct.

As he did earlier in the day to announce the first suspension under his watch, Shanahan again appeared in a video describing the incident (the description of the play was nearly identical to the first one) and all of the factors that went into his decision. In this instance, Shanahan explained that he took into consideration that Boyce was injured on the play, as well as the fact that Shelley was suspended twice last season to reach the decision to suspend him for the remainder of the preseason as well as the first five regular season games. 

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Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:19 pm

Jody Shelley gets 10 game suspension

Shanahan is not trying to rid the league of enforcers, he is trying to put a stop the cheap shot artists. Shelly will make the team because the Flyers were dumb enough to give this human punching bag a 3 year 3.3 million dollor contract.
The guy can't play even a little bit is nothing short of one of the cheapest players in the league. The only thing he does well is put his face into someones fist. I don't think the guy has won a fight since he has been with the Flyers.
There is nothing wrong with two players going at face to face  but the hits from behind have to stop and this guy obviously will not or else he cannot skate good enough to stop. Do the Flyers a favor and suspend him for the year that way I won't have to spend another season bitching about him being in the lineup and taking away playing time from someone who deserves to be on the ice. 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:12 pm

Jody Shelley gets 10 game suspension

The length of suspension was fine with me. For all the people complaining about 10 games, you need to remember that 5 of those games are preseason

Shelley still loses 10 games pay though.  As of the last CBA NHL players get paid during the pre-season..... it's fairly new in sports, I don't think it happens in any other sport at all.   I'm not sure if they divide his salary by 82 games or by about 90 games to come up with his per game loss due to the suspension, but either way this is a huge hit for Shelly's pocket book in the neighborhood of around 120 or 130 grand.  For a guy grossing just over a million dollars in the NHL with no guarantee he gets anywhere near that much his next contract that's a ton of money. 

The only way these idiots are going to figure it out is when they suffer financially from the consequences of hits like this.  Boneheads like this guy or Matt Cooke don't care about player safety or anybody else around them.   The only way to get their attention is by affecting their bank account....

I still say the NHL with support from the NHLPA could easily get rid of dirty hits like this, it's not that hard.  Make the first suspension for a dangerous hit like this 20 games.  A second offence should be 40 games and a 3rd offence a complete season.  A fourth? Life, see ya later.   I'm not talking about the serious suspensions like what I'm suggesting above be applied just for the heck of it or just to ruin lives. I'm not talking about suspending somebody for 20 or 40 or 80 games for hitting somebody from behind that just a split second earlier turned on the guy that hit him.   But when a guy literally follows another player towards the boards like Shelley did knowing full well the guy is facing the other way and has been for a while and he still hits him, to me that's very serious and players doing these things need to disappear from the game. 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:03 pm

Jody Shelley gets 10 game suspension

Really Shanahan your going to add a factor on last year? New year move on ! Shelley never let his feet and hit him under his shoulder blades. Boyce may want to look into the glass to see behind him next time.

Wow. For such a short post you really proved your stupidity very nicely, good for you man.   First of all why don't you try something.  Go commit a crime, any crime you'd like small or big.  Wait about a year and when the crown attorney and judge call you a repeat offender tell them to shut their mouths and focus on only THIS year and then come back and tell us how that turns out for ya.

Shelly ( as Shahanan pointed out) had plenty of time to avoid hitting the guy or at the very least let up a little bit.  The player he hit had been facing the other way for a while before he tried to make him put him through the glass and into the first row.  One of these days a player is going to either be killed or paralyzed in the NHL from a hit like that..... it's gonna get really ugly when  that happens, wait and see.

What I LOVE about this 10 game suspension during the pre-season is unlike up until a couple seasons ago the 5 pre-season games actually mean something.   As of the last CBA the players start getting paid in training camp, not just the regular season.  So Shelley is going to miss the equivalent of 10 games or about 12 percent of his pay which comes to about 130 thousand dollars that Shelly burns on for his idiotic hit.

Looks good on him.... 

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:05 am

Jody Shelley gets 10 game suspension

I thought we got rid of Carcillo?  BONEHEAD move. The NHL does need to detail the protocol for following up and finishing off on a dump in.  Too many inexperienced skaters still go in "flat" instead of sideways.  The follower should hip check instead of chest to back but if the skater does not know any better (which has been the case in 99% of these cases) they go in awkward even during a clean hip check. 

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:34 am

Jody Shelley gets 10 game suspension

Wow, Shanny sending a Huge message this season with this suspension and the one in Vancouver, looks like Anything resembling boarding or a questionable boarding is gonna get a suspension handed down. The long arm of the Shanahan Law. lol

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 8:37 am

Wonder if that game didn`t concern Toronto

I wonder if that game had been between Anaheim and Florida,and not televised,if the punishment would have been as tough.Shanahan grew up his whole life with Toronto Maple Leafs head cheer leader,bigot Don Cherry,cheering for Shanny because Shanahan`s a WASP,same as Cherry.Anything else in Cherry`s book is just less,on a VERY steep sliding grade,starting with French Canadians and getting worse as you move on to Europeans.And Cherry is a state funded cheer leader for the Leafs
Cherry yaps on socialist state funded television constantly about players he likes( usually according to ancestral background) and players he dosen`t like.Obviously,Shanahan is in the favoured and acceptable group.And don`t think for a second these guys don`t listen to how they`re refered to on national tv by their life long idol,a racist troglodyte named Don Cherry

Since: Jul 17, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 8:27 am

Jody Shelley gets 10 game suspension

I hope Shelley doesn't even make the team.

Since: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 8:21 am

Jody Shelley gets 10 game suspension

Who cares about the preseason games.   !0 games is too short for a repeat offender especially when it includes preseason games.  

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 8:12 am

Jody Shelley gets 10 game suspension

A guy of his caliber should just be barred from the league.  There's no room for the sport, he's not worthy of playing in the league, esepcially if he's going to go out and try to hurt other guys that fans would rather see play the game.  Here's to the Flyers doing the right thing and making sure this guy never see's their lineup again

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 8:10 am

Jody Shelley gets 10 game suspension

The length of suspension was fine with me. For all the people complaining about 10 games, you need to remember that 5 of those games are preseason. I would guess that their reduced importance impacted the decision on number of games. As for taking last year into account, they always do. It's called repeat offender. Guys that show a history of illegal hits will always receive an escalted penalty. I have no idea why people would be surprised by that.

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