Campbell issues statement on Flyers-Rangers flap; Simmonds, Avery unpunished

It was only a matter of time, that the maelstrom of reaction from all sides today, crossed with some very stern words from GLAAD, caused a lengthy response from the National Hockey League. NHL discipline czar Emeritus, Colin Campbell, issued a statement this evening regarding an  incident  during  Monday night’s preseason contest  between Rangers forward  Sean Avery (Caucasian-Canadian) and Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds (African-Canadian). Allegedly,  anti-gay and  racial slurs  were exchanged  in heated  discussions between both players. Campbell’s  statement said  the league has looked into the allegations but has not  been able  to substantiate what was  said and by whom. …

Campbell out, Shanahan in as NHL disciplinarian

Colin Campbell will step down from his role as the National Hockey League’s disciplinarian, commissioner Gary Bettman announced on Wednesday during a press conference in Vancouver prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Campbell, who has served as the league’s discipline czar since July 1998, will no longer hold that position, but he will not be giving up his role as league vice president and director of hockey operations. The 58-year-old played 12 seasons in the WHA and NHL as a defenseman, making the Stanley Cup Finals with the Canucks in 1982. He later served as head coach of the …

On Chara and Pacioretty

When Zdeno Chara hit Max Pacioretty during Tuesday’s tilt between the Bruins and Canadiens, my stomach turned. I was not angry. I was simply worried about Pacioretty. It’s the most fear and concern I felt since Ondrej Pavelec mysteriously collapsed during a stoppage of play back in October. I could care less about the outcome of either game or what it meant for either team. These situations transcended the artificial boundaries of hockey and all I could do was sit at the edge of my seat and wait, hoping to hear that the player was going to be alright. The …