Here is the full text of one of Shanahan's unsealed emails to Gary Bettman, Bill Daly, and Colin Campbell.

From: Brendan ShanahanWe all know that we've talked about a time where we impose stiffer penalties for fighting so I wouldn't see this so much as reactionary but more opportunistic that the timing is right to get the support to finally say enough.

Regardless of what the specific reasons are that drove Wade to this, I think it simply goes back to concussions and brain injuries. The specific role is also becoming more specialized and more pressurized.

Some former enforcers have reached out to me and offered their support to us. They're all scared.

Fighting (light slashing) is NOT legal. There is a penalty. Unlike fightinghowever, teams don't employ "slashers" for that simple role. We could work out the details but maybe it's time to propose increases the penalty for fighting. If you fight, you get kicked out.

It's only a matter of time before the CHL and other feeder leagues do it. Let's be first. I believe it's the right thing to do.


I admit I was braced for the worst. But now I feel like we're lucky, and Shanahan is one of the most forward-thinking people in the league.


Kelly: Unsealed e-mails show an NHL in the midst of an existential crisis | Globe and Mail
'The "smoking gun" conversation is started by then-vice-president of player safety Brendan Shanahan. He sends league commissioner Gary Bettman a link to a story by The Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek, headlined Getting rid of hockey’s goons. The piece wonders whether a more concerted effort by the league to eliminate the role of enforcer might have saved the lives of former players Rick Rypien, Derek Boogaard and Wade Belak. All three deaths have been tied to the effects – both emotional and physical – of their brutal work.'

Inside the NHL Department of Player Safety | Puck Daddy
"It could not have been a slower night. Everyone in every game we watched was on the edge of angelic, in the hockey sense. While this is great for those in Player Safety, it makes for a boring article. Instead of giving a blow-by-blow - or lack thereof - picture of night, let’s drop a little knowledge." -- Pretty cool first-person narrative of visiting player safety by Ms. Jen of Puck Daddy.

In light of NHL emails on the risks of dropping the gloves, why has the league not banned fighting? | National Post
"Reading this [email] exchange, I come to one conclusion: How in the world has the NHL, five years later, still not banned fighting?"

The NHL needs to finally put an end to the concussion debate | Globe & Mail
"What a glorious opportunity for the National Hockey League to celebrate its coming centennial in style. By 2017, the league might actually step into the 21st century."

Topical article from the PPPast:

NHL Fighting Majors At 15-Year Low | PPP
"The NHL deserves criticism for a lot of its administrative decisions, from the way it handles sexual abuse allegations, to the way it goes about changing some of its rules. But I think the league deserves some credit for fostering a drop-off in fighting that has lead to fighting being at its lowest rate in over 15 years."

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Yale goaltender Alex Lyon to forgo senior season, sign NHL contract | NH Register
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-- Leafs? Another goalie prospect?

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Last night, Virtanen laid a hit on Roman Polak that was so bad, he was immediately ejected.