About damn time. Colin Campbell stepped down as the NHL’s “discipline czar” in favor of NHL great Brendan Shanahan, who will fill the role starting next season. Campbell, a frequent target of fan criticism, served in the admittedly thankless position for 13 years – a ridiculously long tenure for a job of this nature. Shanahan brings a wealth of recent playing experience and, perhaps more importantly, a fresh perspective to a position that will be even more high profile and significant next season due to the league’s crackdown on head shots.
Was I a fan of Campbell? Hell no. His rulings – most of which were almost impossible to comprehend and/or justify – lacked consistency. His credibility was routinely called into question, mostly because of the fact he had a son currently employed by an NHL team. So, yeah, I think it was time for a change. Is Shanahan a good choice? I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but he has to be an improvement over Campbell. In Shanny we trust.