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Colin Campbell Taking Some Heat

from TSN,

NHL vice president and league disciplinarian Colin Campbell is under fire for comments he made in a string of emails to then director of officiating Stephen Walkom.

Posted on hockey website http://www.mc79hockey.com and w,ritten by Tyler Dellow, the emails raise questions about Campbell’s impartiality, especially as it pertains to his son Gregory, an NHL player who was then on the Florida Panthers, but now plays for the Boston Bruins.

The email correspondence became a matter of public record in the wrongful dismissal case of referee Dean Warren against the NHL.

Contacted by TSN for his reaction, Campbell said: “For me, it’s much ado about nothing. Stephen and I would have banter back and forth and Stephen knows I’m a (hockey) dad venting and both of us knowing it wouldn’t go any further than that….

cread on

KK members have had their say on this earlier today, read their comments.

added 3:20pm, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL defended Colin Campbell on Monday in the wake of 3-year-old e-mails that surfaced and quoted the league’s disciplinarian saying unflattering things about players as well as former referee Dean Warren.

continue for more words from Bill Daly on this topic.

added 4:11pm, Tyler Dellow was on Fan590 with Greg Brady today.  You can listen to the interview here.

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Campbell said: “For me, it’s much ado about nothing. Stephen and I would have banter back and forth and Stephen knows I’m a (hockey) dad venting and both of us knowing it wouldn’t go any further than that….

And the problem is solved. No way to argue that language, at least when it comes from the NHL. Maybe they’ll review his position after the season, or when his next contract comes up.

Posted by NathanBC on 11/15/10 at 05:15 PM ET

WingsFaninCO's avatar

Good job to TSN for picking this up so quickly. Now, it is time for the league to downplay this as much as possible (as evidenced in the end of the TSN article) and try to ignore it, rather than do the RIGHT thing.

Also, this was put up in the A2Y comments earlier, so a stick tap to the Boston Globe as well for being active.

http://www.boston.com/sports/columnists/wilbur/2010/11/did_a_grudge_ag.html

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 11/15/10 at 05:17 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Doesn’t TSN usually allow comments to their articles?  Wonder why this particular article doesn’t support commentary?  Just asking?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 11/15/10 at 05:23 PM ET

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just going away from the whole point of the article, is this the biggest investigative story ever wholly done by just a ‘blogger’?

Posted by Pharazon from England on 11/15/10 at 05:26 PM ET

Paul's avatar

It very well could be Pharazon.  One thing I would have liked to see is Tyler at least attempt to get a comment from Campbell and Bill Daly.

Not sure if he tried to get one, but I don’t believe he addressed that.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/15/10 at 05:29 PM ET

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Being swept under the rug as we speak. Typical NHL.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 11/15/10 at 05:37 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, that makes them look even more suspicious.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 11/15/10 at 05:44 PM ET

Jakub's avatar

In the defense of TSN, stories that go typically do not have comment sections right away. Over a little bit of time, or as the traffic increases, they always seem to appear. If there’s no comment section up by tonight, then that’s a problem.

Posted by Jakub on 11/15/10 at 05:44 PM ET

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Pretty explosive story. Pretty lame excuse.

“I’m a dad venting”?

You’re an officer of the NHL. You have a duty.

Anyways….couldn’t resist glancing at the decision myself. (Warren loses, if anyone is interested).

Also note that Mr. Walkom appears to have aspirations. In one email he tells Campbell “I hate soft penalties…remember that when I’m a GM!”

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 11/15/10 at 05:46 PM ET

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If anyone expected the NHL to make the responsible, professional decision in line with the best interests of the League and the fans, they have not been paying attention.

Hanlon’s razor always seemed apt when it came to League decisions: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” Not anymore; this is just corruption.

Posted by false_cause from DC on 11/15/10 at 05:56 PM ET

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Contacted by TSN for its reaction to Dellow’s piece, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said: “Any suggestion that Colin Campbell performs his job with any less than 100% integrity at all times and in every decision he makes is way off base and just factually wrong.


All this blogger did was post Campbell’s & Wlakhom’s own words, verbatim, from legal documents. How can this be factually wrong???????

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/15/10 at 05:57 PM ET

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To me, the real story here is going to be the establishment hockey media’s reaction to all this.

Are they going to side with the old boy network as usual or are they finally going to grow a pair?

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 11/15/10 at 06:00 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

If I were the blogger who reported this, I’d call a lawyer.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 11/15/10 at 06:04 PM ET

Jakub's avatar

@Mandingo I think you, me and everyone else knows the answer to this. Nothing will change and this will all be dust in the wind by this time next week, maybe earlier.

Posted by Jakub on 11/15/10 at 06:06 PM ET

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People, people, you can’t blame the NHL!
They simply did what Colleen does on a daily basis; they spun the ‘Wheel of Suspension’ to decide Campbell’s fate.

As luck would have it, it landed on the part of the wheel that takes up 99% of the space ‘No suspension warranted”.

Posted by Hank1974 on 11/15/10 at 06:06 PM ET

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Nothing will change and this will all be dust in the wind by this time next week, maybe earlier.

Posted by Jakub on 11/15/10 at 04:06 PM ET

Yep. And then the mainstream hockey media can go back to pretending like they care about the legitimacy and honor of the game.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 11/15/10 at 06:14 PM ET

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added 4:11pm, Tyler Dellow was on Fan590 with Greg Brady today.  You can listen to the interview here

Great find, Emperor.  Yet another reason, you rule the ‘Net.

Go Tyler!  Keep at it, man.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 11/15/10 at 06:22 PM ET

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As I was re-reading the TSN story, at the bottom of the story is a link to “the comedy channel” - - hows that for irony.

Are they going to side with the old boy network . . .

Note Bill Daly’s comment in the TSN story: 

Because of the potential for a conflict of interest, or more importantly a perceived conflict of interest,  the League has implemented various structural protections that prohibit Colie from having any oversight or disciplinary authority relating to any game in which his son, Gregory, plays.

BFF’s.  Nuff said.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 11/15/10 at 06:39 PM ET

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All this blogger did was post Campbell’s & Wlakhom’s own words, verbatim, from legal documents. How can this be factually wrong???????

I laughed. See, it can’t be factually wrong, because they’re emails that were submitted as evidence in a court of law. Is Daly saying the NHL lied under oath? wink

But then again, this would be like someone getting a high stick in on a player, then saying “I didn’t do anything wrong!” when the tooth is still stuck in the blade.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 11/15/10 at 06:46 PM ET

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Daly’s trying to establish a difference between what’s said in the emails and the inference drawn by Dellow - that Campbell is biased against certain players, that said bias lead him to make certain decisions related to that player, etc.

The distinction might not pass muster on a hockey forum, but in other forums - say, a Superior Court hearing a libel action - you never know.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 11/15/10 at 07:26 PM ET

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If I were the blogger who reported this, I’d call a lawyer.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Ottawa on 11/15/10 at 04:04 PM ET

I believe that Tyler Dellow actually is a lawyer. Perhaps that “fool for a client” adage applies, but I suspect he can handle himself fine. smile

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 11/15/10 at 11:48 PM ET

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Well, then maybe those who republished the comments should call him?

Not a bad way to drum up business, I guess.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 11/16/10 at 04:18 PM ET

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