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Jody Shelley waives in-person meeting with NHL regarding Darryl Boyce hit

Sep 22, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

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One night after the NHL released two videos explaining rules changes related to hits, Jody Shelley landed what many believe was a dirty one on Darryl Boyce Wednesday night. This isn’t exactly the first incident for the Flyers tough guy, either, as Shelley received two separate two-game suspensions for similar hits during the 2010-11 season.

It’s likely that the NHL is making a decision regarding suspending him today. They might even be in the process of preparing an announcement as of this writing.

In situations like these, players are often given the opportunity to speak with the league involving a controversial infraction. Shelley decided to waive his right for an in-person meeting, however, which has already generated speculation as far as how long his suspension might be.

Nick Kypreos reports that the suspension could be five games or more, while TSN’s Kevin Gibson speculates that maybe the penalty might be for three contests. Naturally, when CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio asked Shelley if he deserves a suspension, the Flyers tough guy said “No” although he admitted that he was nervous about the situation. (Danny Briere told Shelley that he should send new head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan an “edible arrangement” to smooth things over, which sounds exactly like something Briere would say.)

As we await word of the punishment or lack thereof, how long do you think the suspension should be – if you think he should be suspended at all? (Click here if you need to see video footage of the hit.)

  1. dstars2797 - Sep 22, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Saw the hit last night, pretty nasty. I’m guessing 5+

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 22, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    I still think Shanahan could assert the league’s position on disgusting hits like this by handing him a 15 – 20 game suspension. The guy is a repeat offender who has thrown hits like this before and escaped with minimal punishment. It would be great to see him not get of so easy this time

  3. polegojim - Sep 22, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Not only a nasty hit, it was an intent to injure. He deserves a maximum.

    IMO, only other travesty is the penalty on Rosehill. What do you expect should happen, just skate by and say ‘shame on you’?

    Sometimes, a little vigilante justice is completely appropriate.

  4. kingjoe1 - Sep 22, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Please the Boyce was up against the boards and got rocked by a good shot. That is not Shelly’s fault this dude is huge P.
    No suspension. If he ran him from behind when he was 4 feet from the boards sure, bad play, not this one however.
    Before you know it, the NHL will turn into a baseball game.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 22, 2011 at 8:13 PM

      I take it you’ve never watched a hockey game before

  5. kingjoe1 - Sep 22, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    @1943mrmojorism – Why because I am not a big P, who thinks hitting should be taken out of the game? Stop with your nonsense, the hit was far less traumatic than you are making it out to be.

    The hitting in hockey is an element to the game that gets lost in these 8-5 games, and quite frankly the sport lacks interest without it.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 22, 2011 at 8:44 PM

      I’m the last person to say hitting or fighting needs to be taken out of the game. This was not a hit. It was a cheap-shot on a completely defenseless player. It was a disgrace to the game. Just because there was no major injury doesn’t make it ok. The 10 games he got was well deserved

      • flyersfan88 - Sep 23, 2011 at 4:02 AM

        it’s a part of the game. like I said in another article,the pussification of pro sports has begun. Too many lame rule changes in not only hockey,but football as well.It’s just sad. They’re not even worth watching anymore.Especially football. Hockey is quickly getting there as well.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 23, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        If you think this hit was part of the game you don’t know anything about our game. If you think all there is to hockey is hitting and fighting we don’t want you to be a fan of our game. Go watch UFC or something if you’re so desperate for needless violence

    • polegojim - Sep 23, 2011 at 5:50 PM

      1943 is dead on. queenjoe and flyersfur – you guys need to get a clue. Maybe you need a stenchion face plant to bring you to your senses. That was not a ‘hit’, it was a cheap shot run.

      Boarding has ALWAYS BEEN BOARDING… this is not a new rule. Plus when you run at a guy from behind and plant him face first into the boards, you deserve BOTH, a butt whooping AND a suspension.

      That has nothing to do with fighting, tough play, or good hits. Its LONG been a fact of the game. Remember WHO the ‘NHL Enforcer’ is… Brendan SHANAHAN. Did you ever watch him play? He threw down with the best, and put hits on guys that took them from the ice onto the bench.

      Learn, think, then post, or push back from the keyboard and remain wordless, along with your cluelessness.

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