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by Paul on 12/18/11 at 12:42 PM ET
from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,
What prompted you to make the disciplinary process more transparent by offering your famous video explanations for suspensions on the NHL web site?
I think it was something that evolved in conversations with Gary Bettman. In the end, I think he felt that it suited this new age of communication. You’ve got to keep in mind that when Colin Campbell took the job 13 years ago, he wasn’t dealing with things like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Not every game was being televised. Not every fan had a laptop in their home. There weren’t a bunch of radio shows and TV shows dissecting every play that occurred on the ice from the home feed, the away feed, and the six different camera angles. Overall, what’s happened to hockey is a good thing. The game has evolved, and the appetite for information from fans and their ability to now communicate directly with players and reporters has improved. I think Gary Bettman’s belief was that this was a much-needed necessity.
When I do the videos, the other thing is, I understand that on any hearing there are two markets that have a very skewed perception of the video: the market that probably thinks the infraction was nothing, and the market that thinks the infraction should lead to a lifetime ban. But in the other 28 markets, I hope the players specifically see it as an opportunity and an education tool, and look at it with perspective. To me, as much as each video and each decision needs to be explained, I really see the videos as a teaching tool.
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