Ray Emery is a thug.

Brendan Shanahan does not disagree.

The league’s current  VP of Player Safety – who piled up 2,489 PIMs in his 21-year NHL career – spoke out on Rogers Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at Noon (via Frank Seravalli at the Philadelphia Daily News):

Brendan Shanahan

NHL VP of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan

“I hate what Ray Emery did,” Shanahan told Rogers Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at Noon show. “I don’t like it. I wouldn’t like it if I were a teammate of his, I wouldn’t like if it I were an opponent of his.”

“I’m not defending this one bit. I hated what I saw,” Shanahan said. “I think, more importantly, if the rest of the caretakers of our game, the general managers, don’t like it, it’s important for them to say it’s not properly addressed in the rule book. I don’t think it is. I think this is an opportunity to make even a bigger change.”

“If they approve it, they will pass it to the competition committee; they need to approve it, it will go back to our GMs and then our board of governors.”