When the Bruins raise their Stanley Cup champions banner against the Flyers on Oct. 6, one Philadelphia villain will be watching from the press box.
Jody Shelley was suspended 10 total games (the remaining five preseason games as well as the first five games of the regular season for his hit on Darryl Boyce in Wednesday’s preseason game between the Flyers and Leafs.
Bruins fans should know Shelley’s name well, as the Flyers forward’s dangerous hit on Adam McQuaid last season earned him an early exit from the two teams’ Dec. 11 meeting as well as a two-game suspension.
Shelley got another two games for sucker-punching Vancouver (and former BC and Bruins) defenseman Andrew Alberts on Dec. 28. This season, he didn’t wait until December to be suspended, and new disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan hasn’t waited long to hand out suspensions.
Shanahan also suspended Flames forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond for the rest of the preseason and one regular season game for hitting Canucks forward Matt Clackson from behind.
The league sent out a couple of released regarding the suspensions late Thursday night, and Shanahan noted that Shelley’s status as a repeat offender played a role in his suspension.
‘Shelley hit Boyce squarely from behind into the glass,’ Shanahan said in a release sent out by the NHL. ‘Boyce’s back was turned toward Shelley well before the contact, requiring that Shelley avoid or minimize the check. He did neither.
‘Shelley’s two suspensions last season weighed heavily in this decision.’