Wednesday, September 26, 2012

NHL Fire in Lieu of the Lockout, Round 2: The Disciplinarian

By Danny Klau

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With the Lockout well underway and no end in sight, SBz brings you a series entitled NHL Fire in Lieu of the Lockout. This series serves to fill the void that is missing in our hockey-less lives, as well as to influence the powers that be - to remind them that it is the fans, not the players, who are truly locked out.

When Editor in Chief A-Maher asked my brother and I to author this series, B-Shan was the first memory that popped in my head. He embodies everything I will miss about the game if this season is indeed cancelled. 

Brendan Shanahan is remembered for his leadership, toughness, and goal scoring capabilities. Not a bruiser, but always willing to step into a friend's beef if needed. He generally was not needed, as most teams he played for would not staff their 600-goal scorer with the purposes of fighting. As was the case for the 2006-07 New York Rangers, a team that employed the likes of Knockout-Artist Colton Orr. But some situations require a statement to be made. 

In a late December match-up with the Washington Capitals, the Rangers were in the process of snapping a season's-longest seven-game losing streak, up 3-0 late in the 2nd period. But that did not stop Capitals enforcer Donald Brashear from taking runs at Rangers all over the ice. This prompted a fight between the two heavyweights, Orr and Brashear, a fight that Brashear won rather easily. Not exactly the deterrent Orr had intended, as Brashear continued to exercise his will against Rangers skaters. Brashear had taken several liberties towards Captain Jaromir Jagr, and at 7:29 of the 3rd period, Shanahan "went to the faceoff and I asked him to fight, and he did. I don't think he thought I was serious. In the beginning he kind of gave me a chance to back out of it and I told him, 'No.'"

While he certainly didn't win the fight, he gave his best. Still, Brashear felt the need to throw one last cheap shot at Aaron Ward. This act did not go unpunished:

Hockey Justice. The Rangers would go on to win the game 4-1, ending their losing streak and parlaying that into a four-game winning streak. They would later go on to win their first playoff series in 10 years.

This game was just a microcosm of the legacy Brendan Shanahan would leave behind. He is unofficially the all time leader in Gordie How Hat-Tricks (a goal, an assist and a fight) and is the only 600 goal scorer with over 2,000 penalty minutes in NHL history. He now serves as the NHL's VP of Hockey and Business Development, as well as the league's Head Disciplinarian - a job he'd been doing for years.


1 comment:

  1. Enjoying this. And I am MISSING HOCKEY so need more hockey related posts; anything!