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Report: Quintal to become NHL’s new discipline czar (Update: It’s official)

Apr 11, 2014, 10:58 AM EDT

Stephane Quintal

In the wake of Brendan Shanahan taking the Maple Leafs’ presidency, reports claim Shanny’s right-hand man in the player safety department, Stephane Quintal, is set to become the NHL’s new chief disciplinarian.

According to Montreal’s La Presse, Quintal will assume the role immediately. The former Boston, St. Louis, Winnipeg, Montreal, New York Rangers and Chicago defenseman was brought into the disciplinary department in 2011 under the Player Safety Manager role and, according to Sportsnet, will be overseen by NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly while working with the existing disciplinary group that includes Patrick Burke and Brian Leetch.

Most recently, Quintal served on the Olympic disciplinary committee at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

Update: The NHL has made the move official, per the following release…

At the direction of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Brendan Shanahan immediately relinquished responsibility for overseeing the League’s Department of Player Safety upon accepting the position of President of the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday afternoon.

Effective with Thursday night’s games and for the balance of the regular season and throughout the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stephane Quintal assumes the role of conducting hearings and administering supplementary discipline.

The National Hockey League has a first-rate and fully functional team of professionals staffed in the Player Safety Department that will continue to monitor all plays in all games and to flag plays that warrant review and potential discipline. There will be no change in the approach that has been established by the Department of Player Safety and the League will take all steps necessary to ensure a consistent standard of enforcement and application of discipline for the balance of this season.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    “New discipline czar.”

    “Here he is punching P.J. Stock.”

    There’s an analogy here; I just can’t think of it. Fox guarding the hen house?

    Or is it supreme irony?

    • laxnhockey - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Right, I’m sure Shanahan was never involved in any melee.

    • clover1163 - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Quintal, will look like a Superstar replacing that Idiot Shanahan. This was a hall of fame player who has ruined his reputation. The inconsistent handing out of fines and suspensions was a Joke.

  2. guitarhunterdude - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Quintal-a-ban…it just doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Shanaban.” Color me disappointed.

    • killerpgh - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      “QUINTessentiAL” needs to be worked into whatever nickname he gets.

    • hibackhand - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      I guess the new phrase will be “how long will he be suspended? No one Quintal”

      • hawkeedawg - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        Now that is funny, two thumbs up!!

  3. blomfeld - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM


    Case # 1 … Gretzky ‘traded’ to LA ?

    And the Academy Award goes to …

    The bottom line is that Gretzky ‘wanted’ to go to LA as per instructed by his new lover, a pair of breasts called Janet … the ‘fake’ crying at his press conference was utterly ‘pathetic’ and truly one of the worst acting performances ever by anyone …

  4. dprouse - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Punching P.J. Stock? Anyone forced to watch P.J. on Hockey Night In Canada now supports Quintal 100%.

    • skeeterbarnes - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Crap. Beat me to that one.

  5. 2qswing - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    in a related matter, what happened to Rinaldo? Is he suspended? I never heard anything.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      Who cares who the face of NHL discipline is? Everyone knows he’s not the one making the decisions. The suspensions are still a joke.

      • drewsylvania - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        (I see that despite my efforts PHT wouldn’t free me from having to nest this comment)

  6. bsaures - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Anyone who punches PJ Stock in the face is ok in my books

  7. laxnhockey - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Anything or anyone would be an improvement over the inconsistent and nonsensical BS Shanahan was doling out. Never minded him as a player, but he’s been a disaster in the discipline department.

    • hibackhand - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      haha BS, his initials, I see what you did there..

  8. muckleflugga - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    there can be no sense of fairness in any system that itself employs those who regulate those parts of the system in conflict with itself … historically a farce and proven more so despite brendan’s best effort

    shanahan and his successor are effectively paid by team owners … as part of their role in the department of player safety their behaviour is implicitly tied to wants and needs of owners …

    it is painfully evident some owners have greater influence on disciplinary ruling than others … odds-on shanahan couldn’t wait to leave the stink behind

    if toronto was not already a favoured son in the old boy network, buying brendan shanahan’s vestigial influence with the nhl certainly improves the relationship … still, wit and humour will finally invade leafs’ nation long darkened by ballard’s blighted shadow

    now montréal has polished its already glittering relationship with the nhl head office by finding a bigger role for quintal on the avenue of americas … how you say keystone kops in french …?

    an off topic response to herr blomfeldt’s claim …

    • patthehockeyfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      “how you say keystone kops in french …?”

      flics de Keystone

  9. pwshrugged - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Given the already inconsistent reputation than the disciplinary office has, it seems sort of dubious and unfortunate to me that a new discipline czar is being appointed the weekend before the playoffs start. Whatever opportunity presents itself, it seems bad for the game to have someone in a position as high up or important as discipline czar bail on the office at this time of year.

    Shouldn’t this be the kind of position that has a clause in the contract along the lines of “thou shalt not bail on this job for another in the middle of the season or right before the playoffs”? I mean, I respect the kind of work that goes into being a team president and whatnot, but can’t the argument be made that Shanahan stepping down right now potentially comprises the integrity of the playoffs to a small degree? Not that Shanahan was the be-all/end-all fan favorite as discipline czar, mind you, but he’s familiar with how calls have been made this year, and players are (in theory) familiar with what he’s gonna call. Just seems like bogus timing.

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