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Campbell to step away from NHL discipline position

Colin Campbell. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Colin Campbell. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 2:10 PM ET

Brendan Shanahan is reportedly the NHL's new director of discipline, replacing Colin Campbell who has chosen to relinquish the duties.

Campbell will remain vice-president and director of hockey operations of the NHL. Since July 1998, Campbell's responsibilities have included dishing out supplementary penalties, fines and suspensions in the NHL.

According to information published by TSN.ca, Wednesday, Shanahan, a long-time NHL star, will take charge of those duties.

Campbell has been criticized for his decisions over the years, perhaps most harshly during the past year.

Campbell has been seen as being inconsistent with the length of suspensions and as being soft on head shots. The NHL has come under fire for seemingly condoning such hits - an issue that gained extended prominence when Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby suffered a concussion in early January and was lost for the season.

Campbell also came under fire in November 2010 when a blogger uncovered e-mails from three years ago in which he complained about penalty calls on his son, Gregory, now with the Boston Bruins, and called Marc Savard a "little fake artist."

In Montreal, fans still have not digested the blow from the Boston Bruins'

Zdeno Chara on Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty in March. Pacioretty left the game on a stretcher after being drilled into a stanchion along the boards by Chara, who was not suspended.

Former Montreal Canadiens goalie Ken Dryden has complained about a lack of vigilance regarding blows to the head.

Dryden compared the issue with drunk driving and smoking.

It’s time to stop being stupid,” Dryden said.


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