Tag:Colin Campbell
Posted on: September 29, 2011 10:59 am

Shanahan not happy with criticism of Campbell

By Brian Stubits

Since taking on the responsibility of handling the discipline of players, Brendan Shanahan has been receving nearly universal praise. People had grown tired of Colin Campbell's reign and have embraced the new open and transparent era with open arms.

But the inverse of that equation is that it also has a lot of people continuing to bash Campbell. Let's be frank, the guy was never really liked by fan, feeling that he was unfair, especially when there was anything involving his son Gregory or his son's team.

Overall, fans viewed Campbell as a joke. So they are making jokes like this (rather hilarious) video from Down Goes Brown of the "lost" Colin Campbell suspension video vault. Here he looks at the hit from Matt Cooke that probably ended Marc Savard's career (for which Cooke received no suspension from the league).

Shanahan, however, isn't enjoying his predecessor being the butt of all the jokes. Here's what Shanahan had to say to Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy regarding the criticism of Campbell.

It's actually been really upset me over the last few days, because I still rely on him almost daily.
I just think he's one of the most moral people I've ever met in hockey. He was a great teammate when he played. He's a great dad who raised a son to play in the NHL. He's built the War Room. He's built this whole department. He's one of the reasons I got hired in the first place.
He and I are not one vs. the other. He's helped me transition to do this. It was Colie who recognized that it was time for a new voice. If people want to see this first week as successful, they have to understand that Colin is as responsible for it as anybody else.

However, this is the lay of the land. When you deal in the world of doling out suspensions, you are likely to cross almost every fan at some point. Shanahan will get his fair share of criticism, too. I don't think Shanahan expects anything different on either of those fronts.

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Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: September 27, 2011 12:50 pm

Simmonds to meet with NHL over use of gay slur

By Brian Stubits

Wayne Simmonds is going to have a hearing with NHL Vice President Colin Campbell regarding Monday night's on-ice incident with Sean Avery, according to ESPN.com.

In the heated contest, cameras caught Simmonds yelling at Avery and it's pretty easy to read his lips (that includes some NSFW language). As a result, he'll be hearing from the league.

In this case he has to report to Campbell instead of new discipline chief Brendan Shanahan since it doesn't fall under Shanny's player safety umbrella. According to the CBA, Simmonds could only face a fine of up to $2,500 for the incident. One obstacle to a fine might be the lack of audio from the video just in case he was possibly saying something other than it what it clearly appears.

But that might not be the end of it. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is getting involved in the matter.

Here's GLAAD acting president Mike Thompson's statement:

"Hate speech and anti-gay slurs have no place on the ice rink. The word that Simmonds used is the same word that is hurled at LGBT youth on the playground and in our schools, creating a climate of intolerance and hostility. He should not only apologize for this anti-gay outburst, but the Philadelphia Flyers and the NHL have a responsibility to take action and educate their fans about why this word is unacceptable."

GLAAD is in dialogue the Philadelphia Flyers as well as the National Hockey League (NHL) about specific next steps. Updates will be posted on www.glaad.org/blog as they become available.

Recently, GLAAD has worked with sports leagues including the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWE) to address issues of homophobia in sports.

To compare this to similar happenings in the past year, there were two high-profile cases in the NBA. Joakim Noah of the Bulls received a $50,000 fine for using the homophobic slur and Kobe Bryant was docked $100,000 for the same.

Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke also spoke up about the incident. Burke, who's deceased son Brendan was gay, has been an ardent supporter of gay rights. While he hadn't yet seen the video, here's what he told Katie Strang of ESPN New York.

"That type of comment has no place in the game," Burke told ESPNNewYork.com when reached by telephone Tuesday morning.

"If that happened, that is just so embarrassing and the league should not tolerate it," Burke said. "That should be treated on the same level as a racially charged incident. It's the same level of offensiveness and inappropriateness.

"I think sometimes it reflects the habitual rather than the homophobic," he said. "Players reach into their back pocket and that's what they say, not necessarily meaning to target someone's sexuality."

But that does not make the use of the word acceptable, Burke said.

"That does not make it OK," he said. "It's got to stop."

After the game, Avery confirmed Simmonds threw offensive language his way while Simmonds wouldn't elaborate, only saying things were said in the heat of the battle.

It's a classic case of Avery being Avery. Here's a very NSFW (language) video from the game in which you can hear Avery yelling at somebody about him not wanting to have to kill Claude Giroux during the game.

So clearly Avery was up to his usual antics and they got to the Flyers, Simmonds in particular. The agitator is no saint in this story by any stretch. But that doesn't absolve Simmonds for crossing the line that has been established. No matter what the actual intent was behind Simmonds' use of the word doesn't make it acceptable. Much like Shanahan did to explain the new rules, the league sends out memos to teams every year explaining what is acceptable and what is not as far as language goes.

It is something said to be an insult. Echoing some of Burke's sentiments, no matter if Simmonds is actually trying to insinuate Avery is homosexual or using it in a non-sexual orentation manner, the intent to insult Avery remains. And the particular insult he used is offensive to a segment of the population.

I imagine Simmonds will have a full and sincere apology coming soon enough and hopefully that will be the end of it. I'm just ready for some good ol' hockey.

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Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 3:06 pm

Report: Campbell out as NHL sheriff; Shanahan in?

It looks like there's going to be a new sheriff in town.

NHL Senior Vice President and chief disciplinarian Colin Campbell will relinquish his duties in the crime and punishment department, leaving the door open for Brendan Shanahan's role in the NHL offices to further grow and for him to take over, Darren Dreger of TSN reported Wednesday.

Campbell has held the role in the NHL offices since he was fired as coach of the New York Rangers in 1998. In his time, he's been a busy -- and controversial -- man. Let's face it, being in charge of fines and suspensions in the NHL is no piece of cake. In recent years he's really been under the microscope with the increased attention on hits to the head.

Then there was the big mess Campbell found himself in back in November of last year. Emails came to the surface that Campbell had sent, accusing Boston's Marc Savard of being "a little faker" after he drew a penalty from Campbell's son, Gregory, in a game. Ironically, Savard and the younger Campbell are now together with the Bruins, who are playing for the Stanley Cup.

Shanahan, meanwhile, has become a recognized rising star since joining the NHL in the role of Vice President of Hockey and Business Development.

-- Brian Stubits

Category: NHL
Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:50 am

Morning Skate: Should Chara be suspended?

Montreal Canadiens coach Jacque Martin all but called for the suspension of Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, who minutes earlier Tuesday sent young Habs forward Max Pacioretty to the hospital for at least an overnight stay. 

“The league has to deal with those issues,” Martin told reporters after his team’s 4-1 victory over the Burins at Bell Center, a game marred by the scary collision. “It’s not the first time. It seems to be getting worse. The league has to take some responsibility.”

As frightening as Pacioretty’s headfirst collision with the so-called turnbuckle, word came out later that he was able to move all his extremities and was conscious. His agent, Alec Schall, sent a message via Twitter that Pacioretty “is going to be OK.”

There’s no telling how long the 22-year-old from Connecticut will be out of action, but debate raged into the morning on how long Chara should sit -- if at all.

Chara said the hit that sent Pacioretty into the divider between the benches was the result of a few unfortunate events. Here’s a link to video of the incident along with more details

“We were racing for the puck and battling for position,” Chara told reporters after the game. “I was riding him out and it was very unfortunate that at the same time I pushed him, he kind of leaned and jumped up a little bit and hit the glass extension.”

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien said Chara is not a dirty player, something that’s not really in dispute. But there are a few things working against Chara: his scuffle with Pacioretty the last time these two rivals met, the score (it was 4-0 when Pacioretty went down in the final minute of the second period), the fact the puck was already well up ice when he finished the check and the recent scrutiny of head injuries. 

TSN’s Bob McKenzie wrote that it’s hardly an easy decision for the league’s disciplinarians, who could be minus VP Colin Campbell’s voice since his son, Gregory, plays for Boston.

Personally, I didn't see or sense any malice or obvious intent to injure on the play but one would have to be a mind reader to know for certain what exactly Chara was thinking at that moment. Who knows, really?

Chara was given an interference penalty and a game misconduct becaues Pacioretty was injured on the play. Since the Bruins don’t play again until Thursday, the league has a little bit of time to figure out if any more punishment is needed. 

BETTMAN TAKES A STAND: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman hasn't given up in hockey in Arizona, even if it appears to be the easiest path once again. 

The Goldwater Institute, a public policy group, who is seeking legal action to stop the City of Glendale's $100 million bond sale that would clear way for Chicago investor Matthew Hulsizer to take over the Phoenix Coyotes

The Arizona Republic reported the latest Tuesday:

"It's time for Goldwater to stand down," he said. "In light of their conduct in this matter, I question whether this is really an organization concerned with the public interest."

Bettman affirmed the league continues to support the city's deal with team buyer Matthew Hulsizer.

"Our commitment remains as strong as ever," he said. "But time is running out."

The Vancouver Sun's Cam Cole said the NHL is going to let Glendale to explore every option before the franchise is allowed back into Canada. 

If it were put to a vote of the NHL player membership at large, rest assured the league would be back to three Canadian cities, not thinking about adding a seventh in one of the coldest, windiest parts of the land — and Phoenix would be granted exempt status as a destination of choice, unto eternity, regardless of viability as a hockey market.

FORMER NHLERS VISIT TROOPS: NHL Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald, former NHL goaltender Mark LaForest and retired forward Pierre Turgeon were in a group of former players who visited Afghanistan on Tuesday.

They met some of the 2,800 Canadians serving in Afghanistan and even played in a pickup ball hockey game, which was dubbed "Hockey Morning in Kandahar." 

"Everyone's thankful that we're here, but I've got to be honest with you, it's just a privilege for us to be here," Turgeon told The Canadian Press.

 Comedian Tom Green was the celebrity component of this of the trip, so we’re guessing fellow Canadian Bryan Adams was on tour. 

Philadelphia 4, Edmonton 1
NY Islanders 4 Toronto 3 (OT)
Ottawa 2, New Jersey 1
Pittsburgh, 3 Buffalo 1
Montreal 4, Boston 1
Florida 3, Chicago 2
Minnesota5, Colorado 2
Vancouver 4, Phoenix 3 (OT)
San Jose 3, Nashville 2 (OT)

Photo: Getty Images
Posted on: March 4, 2011 3:40 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 3:56 pm

Surprise: Trevor Gillies gets 10-game suspension

New York Islanders enforcer Trevor Gillies was suspended 10 games for a headshot delivered to Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck, the NHL announced Friday afternoon. 

“By targeting his opponent's head, three shifts into his first game back from a suspension for a very similar action, Mr. Gillies has forfeited his privilege of playing in the League for 10 games,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior executive vice president of hockey operations, in a statement. “While it is fortunate there was no injury on the play, there can be no justification for a player delivering a dangerous check to an opponent in this manner."

The incident occurred Wednesday in Gillies' first game back from a nine-game suspension for a blindside hit to the head of Pittsburgh's Eric Tangradi on Feb. 11. Unlike Tangradi who had to be helped off the ice, Clutterbuck remained in the gamne. 

Either way, Gillies was considered a repeat offender by the league. 

Gillies met with NHL officials in Toronto on Friday, a sign that he was in store for a lengthy penalty. In the 33 games that he has played in this season, the 32-year-old winger has 124 penalty minutes and one point. As New York Times SlapShot blogger Chris Botta points out, Gillies has played less than four minutes over his last two games and has been suspended a total of 19 games. 

Gillies will forfeit it $60,975.60 in salary and will be eligible to return March 26 for a game against the Flyers

With players like Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby on the shelf for long periods of time with concussion-like symptoms and the revelation this week that late NHL enforcer Bob Probert had signs of a degenerative brain disorder, a double-digit suspension was likely an easy call for the NHL.

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