The Flyers' Jody Shelley has been suspended for two games by the NHL for his inadvertent hit on Adam McQuaid in the second period Saturday against Boston.
Shelley had a conference call with NHL officials this morning.
Shelley was chasing down a puck deep in the Boston zone to negate an icing call when he said he lost his edge and sent McQuaid flying headfirst into the boards. Video of the play is available on our blog. Shelley quickly apologized to McQuaid, who remained on the ice momentarily before being helped off. McQuaid returned later in the period.
Shelley received a 5-minute major and a game misconduct.
"I didn't mean to do that," Shelley told reporters on Saturday. "I lost my edge. Next thing, we're in the boards together. I'm glad he is OK. It was one of those things - you don't want to see a guy laying on the ice. The referee had to make that call. I was disappointed that it happened."
Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 12-13-2010 at 10:02 AM.
So I guess he'll get 4, in keeping with tradition!
This is likely the rule to be referenced in the hearings:
Any contact between opposing players while pursuing the puck on an icing must be for the sole purpose of playing the puck, and not for eliminating the opponent from playing the puck. Unnecessary or dangerous contact could result in penalties being assessed to the offending player.