Through two periods of preseason hockey, Jody Shelley of the Philadelphia Flyers had a very Jody Shelley kind of night against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday: 6 minutes and 27 seconds of ice time and 22 minutes in penalties, before he was ejected.
The reason for the ejection? This hit from behind on Darryl Boyce of the Leafs at 12:34 of the second period.
Boyce had his back turned at the end boards, playing the puck and eying another Flyers player. Shelley skated hard and gave him a stiff check from behind. Shelley was given five minutes for boarding, five minutes for fighting (after Jay Rosehill sought retribution) and a game misconduct. Boyce didn’t return to the game in the second period.
Problem No. 1 for Shelley: Brendan Shanahan, the new NHL sheriff in town, just released a video this week telling players what not to do, and this hit will make a great addition to next year’s clip reel.
Problem No. 2 for Shelley: The game was vs. Toronto and nationally televised, which meant a few people saw the hit and immediately wondered if this will be Shanahan’s first test as player safety czar.
Prediction: We’ve seen the last of Jody Shelley in the preseason and won’t see him in the first two games of 2011-12.
Forget the player education video and Shanahan statement-making; this hit gets a suspension no matter who’s in charge, and especially given that Shelley was suspended twice last season, including for this boarding penalty on Adam McQuaid:
Maybe Shanny needs to sit Shelley down with his eyelids pried open, Alex DeLarge-style.