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3 Game Suspension For Shane Doan

Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.

added 10:04pm, NHL Release is below…

NEW YORK (March 21, 2012)—Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan has been suspended for three games and will forfeit $166,463.40 for elbowing Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn during NHL Game #1094 in Dallas on Tuesday, March 20, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

Doan, who received a three-game suspension in October 2010, is classified as a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (185).

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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42jeff's avatar

Just three games?  For shame Shanny.  For Shame.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/21/12 at 11:24 PM ET

scotts0's avatar

Just goes to prove my theory that Shane Doan is an *#$%@&.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 03/21/12 at 11:40 PM ET


Shane isn’t the brightest bulb in the box.

Posted by timbits on 03/22/12 at 12:27 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

So Brendan Smith gets five games for hitting someone in the head when that player ducked at the last second and put his head into a position that made contact with Smith’s elbow unavoidable. But Doan (a perennial P.O.S. player) gets just three games for intentionally sticking out his elbow and hitting a guy in the head.

Okay, so now I get the new rules. Play for a top-tier team and you get the book thrown at you. Play for an NHL-owned team and, well, you get a “discount” on your player’s intentionally dangerous play.

Buttman must be stroking himself over this decision.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/22/12 at 12:38 AM ET

Paul's avatar

GLENDALE—The NHL on Wednesday suspended Coyotes captain Shane Doan for three games for a hit on Stars forward Jamie Benn during Tuesday’s game in Dallas. After the suspension was announced, Doan issued the following statement:

“I accept the NHL’s decision and ruling. I am thankful that Jamie Benn was not hurt on the play. I recognize how bad it looked but there was no intent to injure him. Jamie Benn is a class act and I appreciate how he handled everything. I apologize to the NHL, my teammates and our fans for missing the next three games as we continue to fight for a playoff spot.”

The Coyotes’ next three opponents are Colorado on Thursday, at San Jose on Saturday and St. Louis on Sunday.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/22/12 at 12:53 AM ET

UMFan's avatar

I recognize how bad it looked but there was no intent to injure him.

Ok. Sure. You give an intentional elbow to the head and your intent was not to injure. I’m glad Shane was honest there. It would be a shame for a player of his statue to say something completely insane just to appease the public.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 03/22/12 at 03:59 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I’m just happy he FINALLY got nailed for something.  Because now, anything else makes him a Reapeat Offender, and would result in even worse suspensions.  Maybe he should just retire already…

Doan is a dirty POS.  This needed to happen years ago.

Posted by Primis on 03/22/12 at 08:15 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Doan is such a meathead that I believe he had no intent to injure. That would have required a level of thought I do not believe he is capable of.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/22/12 at 08:57 AM ET



This play looks very similar to Cooke’s elbow last year that he got 10 games and a 1st round suspension.  As a Pen’s fan, that was a fair suspension to Cooke, but what message does 3 games send to the players for this?  Cooke’s suspension forced him to completely change his behavior.  Does anyone think Doan will as a result from this?

It doesn’t matter if this is his first suspension or not, the play dictates the punishment.  You don’t walk in the courts if it’s the first time you murder someone do you?  This was one of the worst plays this year.  How can Doan say it wasn’t his “intent”?  Total BS IMO.  You don’t carelessly put your elbow up into a guy’s face as he skates by.  You INTENDED to put your elbow up.  My body just doesn’t do things by itself and neither does Doan’s.

Posted by BillK from Lancaster, PA on 03/22/12 at 10:47 AM ET


Because now, anything else makes him a Reapeat Offender, and would result in even worse suspensions

He is already a repeat offender and Shanahn mentions that in his video, it is NHL math that is screwed up. See three games for the first offense, then a fine, then three games for a third offense in the last 17 months. They believe that 3 is greater than 3. This is still a bush league that operates on reputation and perceived value to the team.

Until Doan’s reputation changes (like Cooke becoming a poster child for head shots), then nothing else matters. Pronger was elbowing guys to the head for years (crocodile tears that he is concussed now), but was always given a slap on the wrist. Each of his subsequent suspensions were always pitifiully low because the precedent set by the previous suspension “proved” he wasn’t “that” type of player. Chris Simon was alwasys a minimum 10 games at aclip.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 03/22/12 at 11:05 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

I wonder if the Pens were owned by the NHL and on the playoff bubble if Cooke would have gotten 10 games.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/22/12 at 12:13 PM ET

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