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Jody Shelley suspended two games for sucker punching Andrew Alberts

Dec 29, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

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Philadelphia will be without their main man enforcer Jody Shelley for two games after being suspended for delivering a sucker punch to Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts. Shelley will give up nearly $27,000 in salary for the two games.

If it sounds like a familiar offense, it is. Just last week we saw Boston’s Milan Lucic receive a match penalty for delivering a sucker punch to Atlanta’s Freddy Meyer. Lucic, however, was not suspended for his punch. If you think this sounds inconsistent, you’re right. Shelley was suspended for two games earlier this season for a hit from behind on Boston’s Adam McQuaid.

If you’re the kind of person that enjoys wearing tinfoil on your head and puts a lot of stock in Colin Campbell’s effect on punishment where it involves his son Gregory’s team, you’ll find it interesting that a Boston player was not punished for the offense and a player that has wronged Boston earlier this year gets smacked again by the league.

Of course that’s got nothing to do with anything here but it sure makes for interesting discussion if not a raised eyebrow or two.

  1. canuckland - Dec 29, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    The difference between the Shelly punch and the Lucic punch was that the player who got knuckled by Lucic deserved it for the hit from behind…..whereas Alberts did nothing to provoke Shelly. The flyer goon was looking all game to stir up some &%$& and took it too far. Its too bad….he is out $27,000 for the stupidity.

  2. cahelms37 - Dec 29, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Definitely agree with canuckland….also, like you said in a previous article, Mike Murphy takes care of disciplining the Bruins, not Colin Campbell, because Gregory is on the team…don’t really understand why the McQuaid hit was brought up because Shelley deserved to be suspended after that hit

  3. polegojim - Dec 29, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    Wow – drop the gloves like a man.

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