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NHL's Shanahan highlights the good, not just the bad

October 5, 2011 |  4:45 pm

You knew it was just a matter of time before Sheriff Shanny started giving some kudos to the citizenry, instead of only putting the players in NHL lockup.

Lockup being multi-game suspensions.

The arrival of Brendan Shanahan’s video clips via the Twitter feed has quickly become a habit. Newspaper, morning coffee and a daily dose of a tie-less Brendan.

But Shanahan, the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations and player safety, seems to have his finger on the pulse of opinion and issued a new video Tuesday, offering praise and examples of clean hitting and good decision making.

After all, you CAN teach by offering positive examples and evidence of how it is done. And there has to be some sort of market correction after he briskly handed out suspensions to nine players this preseason.

Time for some balance.

Hey kids, look at Corey Perry.

The Ducks’ gifted agitator and league MVP was singled out for the way he properly handled a situation along the boards with the Canucks’ Chris Tanev in Anaheim’s game at Vancouver on Sept. 24.

Video can be a more powerful response than words. Not that the Shanahan was silent, offering a succinct response to his critics.

“For anyone to wrongly suggest that physicality is being taken out of our game, we offer the following examples of good, clean hard checks,” Shanahan said.


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