The International Ice Hockey Federation has announced the four-man panel that’ll be in charge of discipline at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Former NHLers Kay Whitmore, Stephane Quintal and Valeri Kamensky will serve under panel chairman Franz Reindl, who normally serves as the general secretary of the German Ice Hockey Association.
Quintal has extensive experience in the disciplinary field, having served in the NHL’s Department of Player Safety since the 2011-12 campaign. Whitmore has been working as a senior manager in the NHL’s hockey operations department for years, focusing primarily on goalie equipment rules and regulations. He’s also served as a playoff series manager on a number of occasions.
Kamensky is a high-ranking KHL official that serves as both the vice president of development and chairman of the league’s disciplinary committee.
According to the IIHF site, this panel “shall automatically review all violations sanctioned with a game misconduct or match penalty,” and “will conduct an official Disciplinary Review” in the case of any disciplinary issue. The hockey portion of the Winter Games gets underway on Feb. 12.
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.