The Shanaban era is over.
Brendan Shanahan has stepped down from his role as head of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. He’ll be heading from the league offices to a new job right around the corner, taking on the role of President of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Taking over is Stephane Quintal. Quintal played 16 seasons in the NHL, spending time with the Bruins, Blues, Jets, Canadiens, Rangers, and Blackhawks. The defenseman posted 63 goals and 180 assists in 1,037 career games. He also piled up 1,320 career penalty minutes along with one suspension, so he’s somewhat familiar with discipline. Quintal was suspended one game back in 2003 for intent to injure after trying to kick Bob Boughner after the linesmen broke up a fight between the two.
What will change? Puck Daddy’s Nick Cotsonika breaks it down:
Shanahan set up the DPS so it could run without him, and it will continue to operate essentially as it has. Damian Echevarrieta, the vice president of player safety and hockey operations, has been with the DPS since the start and will keep running the video room. Brian Leetch, the former star defenseman, and Patrick Burke, a former scout, are in their first seasons with the DPS and will stay in their roles.
From the NHL:
At the direction of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Brendan Shanahan immediately relinquished responsibility for overseeing the League’s Department of Player Safety upon accepting the position of President of the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday afternoon.Effective with Thursday night’s games and for the balance of the regular season and throughout the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stephane Quintal assumes the role of conducting hearings and administering supplementary discipline.The National Hockey League has a first-rate and fully functional team of professionals staffed in the Player Safety Department that will continue to monitor all plays in all games and to flag plays that warrant review and potential discipline. There will be no change in the approach that has been established by the Department of Player Safety and the League will take all steps necessary to ensure a consistent standard of enforcement and application of discipline for the balance of this season.