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Statement made: Jody Shelley suspended 10 games for reckless hit against Toronto

Sep 22, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

Jody Shelley AP

Consider Brendan Shanahan’s message sent to the rest of the league.

After seeing Shanahan book Flames forward Pierre-Luc Letorneau-Leblond for six games for his reckless play already this preseason, Jody Shelley didn’t stand much of a chance to skate by lightly after his wicked hit from behind on Toronto’s Darryl Boyce last night.

Shanahan threw the book at Shelley suspending him for 10 total games for his careless play. Shelley will miss the rest of the preseason for Philadelphia as well as the first five games of the regular season. After Shelley had been suspended twice last year for hitting from behind as well as Shanahan’s own clarification on what boarding hits are worthy of being sat down, Shelley delivered a thunderous hit from behind in last night’s preseason game against the Leafs. The hit put Boyce down on the ice and cause Leafs brawler Jay Rosehill to go after Shelley for committing the offense.

With two major suspensions doled out in the same day, the one thing that is clear is that things will not be run the same way as they were under Colin Campbell. The days of minimal suspensions or fines being used to mete out justice for reckless and dangerous play are through.

Shanahan explains his take on the hit through this video at the NHL site.

Shanahan explains that Shelley’s history of reckless hits as well as his actions against Boyce both played into his decision in sitting him down for the rest of the preseason and the first five games of the regular season. Shelley will be eligible to come back in the Flyers’s sixth game of the season on Thursday October 20 against the Washington Capitals.

If players aren’t getting the message yet that times are going to be different, it’ll be up to Shanahan to stay diligent and continue to lay down the law that careless, dangerous hits will not be tolerated. Eventually the players will learn that they can’t keep putting their hand on a hot stove, they will get burned for it.

  1. lesleyvissersfacelift - Sep 22, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Go Shanny Go

  2. flyerscup2010 - Sep 22, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    before this turns into “the flyers are unclassy just like their fans”, we dont like shelley either for the most part. apparently hes a nice guy, hes just fairly useless and overpaid on the ice. wouldnt be surprised to see him get waived here.

    • capsrockva - Sep 23, 2011 at 9:25 AM

      what do you think the chances of that are

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 22, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Excellent job by Shanahan. Not the 15 – 20 I wanted, but that may have just been my Leafs bias showing. 10 games is well deserved

    • flyersfan88 - Sep 23, 2011 at 3:54 AM

      15-20 games? Are you freakin serious? On a hit that didn’t result in an injury? what’re you tryin to do ? pussify the game? It didn’t deserve ten games. Five at best and that’s pushing it.. It’s sickening whats being done to sports today. It’s a friggin contact sport,shit happens.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 23, 2011 at 8:45 AM

        I’m all for hitting and fighting in the game, but this was neither. It was a cheap-shot on a defenseless player by a repeat offender. 10 games is just fine with me, and I’d say the same thing if it was a Leaf hitting a Flyer. Hits like this one have no place in the game

  4. sknut - Sep 22, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    I don’t know how you guys feel but it seems the 10 games should be regular season and not a mixture of both. To me missing preseason games isn’t enough of a deterent.

    • stakex - Sep 22, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      Well 5 regular season games is a pretty serious suspension in of itself to be honest. I mean how many times do you see someone suspended for 5 games? Not that often at all… so its not a slap on the wrist or anything.

      Personally, I’m fine with a 5 regular game suspension from this. Given Shelleys history of reckless play I wouldn’t have been shocked by a longer suspension… but I think 5 games (plus what ever you deem the pre-season worth) is a solid call for such a play.

    • Jeff Thomas - Sep 23, 2011 at 7:56 AM

      Unless preseason games are played for free, it hits his wallet just the same. That’s where the deterrent is.

      Are players paid for the preseason games?

  5. chasemutley - Sep 22, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    It’s a pretty steep price considering Shelley is fighting for a roster spot. This could cost him a spot on the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Flyers squad.

  6. stakex - Sep 22, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Gotta say I love the video explanation for suspensions now… hope they keep that up. Always sucked having absolutely no idea what was behind past decisions by the league, especially the ones that left us all scratching out head.

  7. dutchman1350 - Sep 23, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    NHL needs to start punishing teams too. The flyers won’t miss Shelley. NHL should not allow flyers one on the bench for 10 games too. Then you’ll see coaches, and teams policing their players.

  8. capsrockva - Sep 23, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    I think 10 games is fine

  9. polegojim - Sep 23, 2011 at 6:00 PM


    Yes, it is a steep price. Yes it may cost Shelley a roster spot.

    Explain to me the downside? Shelly could have cost Boyce his season, or his career.

    Too bad they can’t take back Rosehill’s instigator penalty.

    Take it one step further and place Shelley’s game checks into an account that suppliments injured hockey players pensions.

  10. erinp1 - Oct 8, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Are you kidding me?!?!?! This is hockey!!! Take your skirts off!!!! The hit was fine….. you guys are weak!

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