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Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond will miss rest of preseason, Flames’ season opener for illegal hit

Sep 22, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Jody Shelley AP

As the hockey world ponders the potential penalty for Jody Shelly’s hit on Darryl Boyce, Brendan Shanahan and the NHL have taken action for a different check. The league decided to suspend Calgary Flames enforcer Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond for the remainder of the preseason and one regular season game for an illegal boarding check on Vancouver Canucks’ forward Matt Clackson.

(Scroll to the bottom of this post for video of the hit and Shanahan’s explanation.)

Much like Shelley’s check on Boyce, it was a hit from behind. Both players are also repeat offenders, which often factors into the severity of a suspension. Letourneau-Leblond received a minor penalty for boarding during that contest, while Shelley received a major penalty and was ejected from Wednesday night’s game for his infraction. Letourneau-Leblond’s hit came on Tuesday, which might explain why that decision was announced before Shelley’s situation has been clarified.

Letourneau-Leblond will lose $6,420.44 for missing that game and will be eligible to return against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 10. The suspension covers four preseason games and the Flames’ season opener against the Penguins in Calgary on Oct. 8.

Here is the text version of Shanahan’s explanation for the suspension.

“Letourneau-Leblond took a direct route toward Clackson, hit him squarely from behind into the boards and drove through the check high and hard,” Shanahan said. “Clackson’s back was turned toward Letourneau-Leblond well before the contract, requiring that Letourneau-Leblond avoid or minimize the check completely. He did neither.”

So what do you think of Shanahan’s first decision in Colin Campbell’s old role?

  1. jleimer - Sep 22, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    I like how Shanahan used a video to explain his decision because as far as Im concerned if he does this the rest of the season and is consisent in disclipine then we could be good shape as far as Im concerned.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 22, 2011 at 6:47 PM

      I don’t like it. Shanny isn’t a player anymore. You don’t need to put your face in front of a ruling. We know who you are. I agree with the ruling (I assume Shelly will get something comparable). But he doesn’t need to put out a video saying, ‘here is the rule and I’m the one who gave it.’ No point.

  2. polegojim - Sep 22, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Totally support it. Explanation of violation, reasoning behind length of suspension, not hiding behind his desk…shows strength of character and commitment.

    Great job Mr. Shanahan!

    Love to see Goodell do the same and fess up to his reasoning on fines in NFL. Won’t happen, he’s too weak.

  3. Exiled1 - Sep 22, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Wow, who named that guy?

  4. capsrockva - Sep 23, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Totally support it. The league had no discipline to speak of w/ Colin as the director of Suspensions in years past

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