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Shelley Suspended 10 Games

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Shelly suspended 10 games. 5 pre-season and first 5 gms into the regular season.

If you missed the hit, you can watch it here.

added 7:53pm,

Shanahan explanation and video can be watched below… and also added NHL release.

NEW YORK (September 22, 2011) – Philadelphia Flyers forward Jody Shelley has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and five regular-season games and will forfeit $67,073.15 in salary for a hit from behind to Toronto Maple Leafs forward Darryl Boyce during a preseason game on September 21, National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan announced today.

Shelley, who was suspended twice last season for a total of four games, 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 12:34 of the second period. Shelley was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

“Shelley hit Boyce squarely from behind into the glass,” Shanahan said. “Boyce’s back was turned toward Shelley well before the contact, requiring that Shelley avoid or minimize the check. He did neither.

“Shelley’s two suspensions last season weighed heavily in this decision.”


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Paul's avatar

Not yet HTT, no official release from NHL yet.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/22/11 at 09:40 PM ET

Lisa Brown's avatar

Love the video addition, love the suspension.

I’m glad that Shany really laid down the law, great way to kick off his new job and let people know that he means business.

Posted by Lisa Brown on 09/22/11 at 10:11 PM ET


Good suspension! I like the video explanation of the why it was illegal, it really shows the NHL’s final opinion on the matter.  Here’s hoping they have a video following every future incident so we aren’t left wondering why.  If only Colin Campbell would’ve made a video explaining the Cooke/Savard incident we may have had a better understanding of why he’s an idiot.

Posted by Ecllipse from Boston, Ma on 09/22/11 at 10:40 PM ET

graf's avatar

I agree with everyone about the video addition for explaining suspensions like this.  Hopefully they keep with that.

Posted by graf on 09/22/11 at 10:42 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Repeat offenders and goonery in general are finally being addressed. It’s aboot time.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 09/22/11 at 10:47 PM ET


Ha. That was way cool. Great job by the league on this one.

Also, sweet avatar Graf.

Posted by godblender on 09/22/11 at 10:50 PM ET


Love the videos.  Good to see.  Hopefully they do these for things that do not result in suspensions as well.  Hopefully as the season goes on, we can see comparisons between hits, such as this hit is/is not suspension worthy as it was similar to this one.

Posted by Ecllipse from Boston, Ma on 09/22/11 at 08:40 PM ET

Of all the statements Campbell made, the Savard-Cooke one was one of the clearer ones.  A quote from a TSN article:
In explaining his decision, NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said that the ruling was based on consistency involving similar incidents. Philadelphia’s Mike Richards was not suspended for a similar hit on Florida’s David Booth last October, so using that as precedent, Cooke was not suspended either.

Doesn’t make it right or wrong, but he was a lot clearer on that incident than others (such as the all the elbow incidents from last year that all had varying punishments).

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 09/22/11 at 10:58 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Alright Shanny! Keep up the good work.

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 09/22/11 at 11:06 PM ET


Excellent. What I like is how it plays for serious hits that cause severe damage. Maybe they can get this thing fixed.

Posted by timbits on 09/22/11 at 11:44 PM ET


Loving the videos.

Looks like the NHL has declared zero tolerance on boarding. With all these boarding calls lately (to say nothing of the suspensions) looks like Shanny’s having the refs approach this the same way they approached the obstruction crackdown (which worked).

Two things I want to see how they play out though
-how is the league going to approach headshots
-what happens when it isn’t some thug committing the infraction? Shelley and Letourneau-leblonde are goons (not to be confused with enforcers) and the degree to which anyone will object to their suspension is minimal. But what happens if Joe thornton (to pick a ‘repeat offender’ who shouldn’t really be one, imo) makes the same play?

Posted by steviesteve on 09/22/11 at 11:49 PM ET


It’s a five game suspension, not a 10 game suspension.  I hope for shanny’s sake, he is consistent making his suspensions. Days of Enforcer are here. Atleast, it gives flyers a reason to get rid of him.

Posted by FlyersFan on 09/23/11 at 01:39 AM ET


Right call.  A good warning shot.  Stay consistent and this stuff will get cleaned up.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/23/11 at 02:17 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Wu Tang Shanahan ain’t nuthin’ to… well… you know the rest.

Puck Daddy did a rare eye-opening article a couple weeks ago I think on some of the disciplinary inconsistencies that honestly explained a lot to me.  The gist was that they were (under Campbell) suspending players to be able to reach a certain fine level, because in the CBA the two are linked.  So x-amount of games was required to able to levy a fine of Y dollars, and they’d then hit them with x-amount of games, whether it made sense or not under the idea that the only thing players care about is their wallets.

However it clearly wasn’t working that way still, so it’s refreshing to see Shanahan dropping the hammer early.

Posted by Primis on 09/23/11 at 09:14 AM ET

Alan's avatar

The explanation video, as linked here, does not seem to work any longer. However, it’s one of the first things I saw on NHL.com this morning, and I like the video explanation. I hope these sort of things continue throughout the regular season.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 09/23/11 at 09:15 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Alan, just tested the video, it works fine for me.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/23/11 at 10:22 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

It is amazing how much goodwill the league is building with the fanbase with a simple thing like a coherent explanation video. For the three decades I have been a fan, I’ve always loved the game, loved my team and hated the league. It’s almost as if they realized they had a problem and are now addressing it. This is well-overdue, but still very welcome.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 09/23/11 at 10:38 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Well done Shanny.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 09/23/11 at 01:04 PM ET

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