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Colin Campbell feels Brendan Shanahan’s pain

Apr 19, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

Colin Campbell AP

Former NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell is one of the few people that truly knows how Brendan Shanahan is feeling as the league’s justice system continues to take a beating in the media (many, many, many, many beatings).

“It’s a very difficult job and lots of people have lots of comments on it,” Campbell told Sportsnet’s Prime Time Sports yesterday evening. “There isn’t an answer and you just do what you can do and you do your best.

“I told Brendan going into the playoffs that it’s different than the season. During the season, you deal with managers and they’re upset with decisions but you come to the playoffs and you got whole cities that dislike you.”

That said, Campbell expressed alarm over the numerous violent and illegal plays we’ve seen in the playoffs, including the ones that have been missed by the on-ice officials.

You can listen to the entire interview here. (Campbell’s on about two-thirds of the way through.)

  1. WeWantTheCup - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    really collie, you understand how difficult the job is?? Sure seemed like it was pretty easy for you when you did it. All you did was throw the book at everyone without an ounce of consistency except when it came to your weasel of a son’s team and you refused to suspend any of them. You are a joke and the reason shanny has failed at trying to fix the mess you created. You are about as good to the league as an NHL team in Atlanta.

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      Habsman get a new username? You have to make the playoffs before you start asking for the Cup…

  2. rca26 - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Shanahan has made some questionable calls, but Colin Campbell was an utter disaster. The two don’t even compare. I to this day can’t understand how someone with such an obvious conflict of interest was kept in that high of a position, especially after the Savard flap.

    The Bruins were a very good team and there’s a good chance that having Greg Campbell’s daddy in that position didn’t affect their Cup run, but the fact that there could even be a question of it is still an embarrassment for the league.

    • crmgoodness - Apr 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      They must be handing out free tin foil hats at the Konspiracy Konvention in the Bell Centre.

      Since 2008, Bruins players have been suspended a total of 16 games. 15 of the 16 games have come since Gregory Campbell joined the team.

      Repeating the nonsense must make it easier to believe.

      • rca26 - Apr 19, 2012 at 4:46 PM

        Wouldn’t know, never been near the Bell Centre.

        Bottom line is, remove all doubt. You can come up with stats, the other side can come up with anecdotes. Neither side SHOULD need any ammo. The NHL knowingly allowed a serious conflict of interest to exist, even after evidence that it affected day-to-day operations.

        That is embarrassing, and I don’t care who you are. If I’m a Bruins fan, I don’t want people to be able to point to something as an asterisk, regardless of whether you think it’s viable or not.

      • crmgoodness - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:42 PM

        Look, I’m no fan of Collie. He did not discipline the cheapest of career ending hits by Cooke on Savard because of a petty grudge. Fact is he recused himself on Bruins discipline and the facts and suspensions and evidence bear that out. The idea that supplementary discipline had anything to do with the Bruins winning the cup last year is just a complete and total fiction and if you want to perpetuate that by all means have at it.

  3. habsman - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Can you imagine with all the controversy and issues that Shanahan is dealing with in these playoffs, if he had a son playing for one of the teams involved?

    How crazy would that be? Suspending players on teams your son might play down the road. Exerting his influence on suspensions involving his young fella’s team. Well I bet there would be outrage across the league. The media would be in a frenzy. Politicians would get involved. The league would be subjected to unending ridicule.

    Whew, good thing we never have to worry about that.

    • bergeronforselke - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Don’t forget the police would be called.

      • habsman - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        And rightly so.

  4. michiganhockey11 - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Whatever you may think, I’m sure that we can all agree that Shanny can’t wait til the first round is over and when the whole playoffs is over to get his clubs out of the garage.

  5. darenpuppa31 - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Looks like Colin’s gotta go drop a deuce

  6. pens5829 - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Two idiots without a clue.

  7. dropthepuckeh - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Watch out for flying stanchions that attack innocent defenseless players. Third man on a hill reported in shooting. Habsman on the case have no fear, nothing new will be revealed…

  8. thehighcountrybear - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Colin’s picture looks like he was captured on the long elevator ride to the NHL offices after an ill-advised sampling of seafood smorgasbord selections at Lee Ho Fook’s…?

  9. thehighcountrybear - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Can I make it, can I make it, can I make it…ooooooooh, damn, I don’t think I made it?

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