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by Alanah McGinley on 06/01/11 at 05:48 PM ET
Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail reflects on today’s news of Colin Campbell’s departure as chief disciplinarian:
In my view, Campbell’s integrity is unimpeachable, but eventually the optics of being the head of discipline in a league where his son had a prominent role this season became too difficult to ignore. Campbell recuses himself in any series involving Gregory and thus is at the Stanley Cup final as a spectator, leaving the disciplinary duties and video reviews to his staff - primarily Mike Murphy and Kris King.
The primary benefit of shifting duties in hockey operations is that it gives the NHL a chance to revamp the disciplinary process.
Campbell has long believed that there can be no one-size-fits-all standard of discipline because no two NHL plays are ever exactly alike - and that multiple factors, including a players’ history of reckless play, must factor into any disciplinary decision.
Others disagree - and believe the system needs to be more narrowly codified, in the same way the ordinary judicial system has a known list of penalties for anyone who breaks the law.
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