We, the general public and fans of the NHL, hereby request that the NHL, all governing bodies and said entities consider our plea to fire current NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan. It is our belief that Mr. Shanahan has shown a wanton disregard in his duties as SVP of Player Safety. Mr Shanahan has established a dangerous track record throughout this, the 2011-12 NHL season as showing preferential treatment to players the league would deem 'star' players. While we applaud Mr. Shanahan is his consistency in upholding safety issues related to repeat offenders, we take issue with the fact that punishment to first time offenders rarely is consistent and in line with any other punishment. We've seen punishments range from simple $2,500 fines to players missing up to and including 3 games for initial infractions. As such, we the general public and fans of the greatest game on Earth request that Mr. Shanahan either be fired from his position, consider resigning due to conflict of interest, or reassess the punishments he doles out to become more consistent across the board, regardless of whether a player is a 'big ticket' player, or not. Sincerely, NHL Fans Everywhere
Brendan Shanahan is also well known for issuing suspensions when an offending player incurred a Minor Penalty for that offence.
Under NHL rules, suspensions can only be issued if a player incurs two Major Penalties and Game Misconduct or a Match Penalty.
In other words, its ok to suspend Shawn Thornton for maliciously attacking Brooks Orpik since he incurred a Match Penalty, but not Dion Phaneuf or David Clarkson whom got suspended despite getting Minor Penalties.
Since Brendan Shanahan thinks he can issue suspensions anytime he wants and go against NHL rules, the NHL has to get rid of him sooner rather than later.
Otherwise, Shanahan's heavy handed reign of disciplinary terror will continue, and giving the NHL a bad name.
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