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Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond Suspended Until Second Regular Season Game

NEW YORK (September 22, 2011) – Calgary Flames forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and one regular-season game and will forfeit $6,402.44 in salary for a hit from behind to Vancouver Canucks forward Matt Clackson during a preseason game on September 20, National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan announced today.

Letourneau-Leblond, who was suspended for one game on October 9, 2010, is considered 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.

The incident occurred at 14:47 of the third period. Letourneau-Leblond was assessed a minor penalty for boarding.

“Letourneau-Leblond took a direct route toward Clackson, hit him squarely from behind into the boards and drove through the check high and hard,” Shanahan said. “Clackson’s back was turned toward Letourneau-Leblond well before the contact, requiring that Letourneau-Leblond avoid or minimize the check. He did neither.”

Watch below as Shanahan explains the hit and suspension.


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Paul's avatar

Using the video and explaining the rules and what the player did wrong is a great addition by Shanahan.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/22/11 at 07:30 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

From colon campbell version of playing NHL judge to Shanny’s is dramatically different.
Shanny looks like he’s going to be consistant and that’s all we can ask after years of unpredictable Colie decisions.
His biggest test will come when a star player commits an ugly attack. Then we’ll find out for sure if he’s a bettman/owners puppet or very respectable league judge.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 09/22/11 at 07:35 PM ET

Mac's avatar

Shanny has certainly set the bar as far as discipline goes.  I hope not to have to see another of those devastating head shots, however I am not that naive as to think it won’t happen, so when it does I can only imagine what the suspension will be.  Hope he stays consistent with this.

Posted by Mac from Canada on 09/22/11 at 08:37 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 09/22/11 at 06:30 PM ET

Couldn’t agree more.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 09/22/11 at 08:38 PM ET


This is fantastic! Far better to deliver verdicts in this manner than old Colie’s “it’s clear that this guy should be suspended (and if you are lucky I will give you an arbitrary reason)” way. It’s clear, with video evidence, of why and how it is a violation that is a suspendable offence. Shanny just needs to be consistent and keep it up and I have a feeling he will. Good stuff.

Posted by Iggy Rules on 09/22/11 at 09:12 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Campbell’s wheel seems to have been taken out of the office and put in storage. This makes the league a much better operation.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 09/23/11 at 10:44 AM ET

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