One of the most prominent changes in the NHL is already front and center this preseason as Brendan Shanahan, the league’s Senior Vice President of Player Safety, has been quite busy doling out seven suspensions already.
In what many agree is a refreshing take on supplemental discipline in the NHL, each suspension is accompanied by a video where Shanahan explains why a player received their punishment. Shanahan then walks through the video replay, highlighting what is not acceptable.
The video’s aren’t just posted on NHL.com, though. Teams watch the suspension videos, so there is little question whether players are aware of what is or isn’t a punishable offense.
“We’ve seen all the tapes and the players have watched them, they know,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said of Shanahan’s new video system. “There’s no surprises, they know what’s legal, what’s illegal as every player on every team has. When they do something they shouldn’t be surprised.
“I think, in the end, it’s all about player safety,” Boudreau added. “They want to feel safe out there. I think Brendan’s done a great job.”
If you haven’t seen any of videos about a suspension yet, check out one below that explains why Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski was suspended for the remainder of the preseason and eight regular season games for hitting Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck in the head.