April 24, 2013 3 Comments
COMMENTARY: Despite efforts over the last couple of years to help everyone better understand their process, procedures and rules, supplementary discipline in the National Hockey League is as big a joke as it ever was, and it will continue to be unless one key change is made.
LOS ANGELES — On April 24, Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown was suspended two games, without pay, for elbowing Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville at 10:04 of the second period in a game at Minnesota on April 23, a 2-1 Wild victory.
No penalty was called on the play.
Brown will forfeit $34,324.32 in salary, with the money going to Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Whether you agree with the decision by National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan or not, what is crystal-clear is that despite the league’s noble efforts over the past couple of years, supplementary discipline in the NHL is as much of a joke as it ever was.