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Campbell deserves praise, not criticism

There are those who say that Colin Campbell, the NHL's vice president of operations and its disciplinarian, may not be the best fit for a job that requires politcal correctness. He often uses words that are unprintable. He gets angry, just as he did during a career that finished with 1,292 penalty minutes and five years behind the Rangers bench.

Campbell has the toughest job in the NHL, perhaps in all sports, and he has executed it well. Hockey is a fast, violent game and no amount of rule changes or suspensions will change that, as evidenced by Campbell being as busy with hearings and meting out suspensions as he ever has been.

Campbell follows rules set forth and changed by the league's general managers, who meet twice a year; they met last month and declared that the rules on head shots were working well.

Calls for Campbell to be replaced by some sort of tribunal or committee might not work, as hearings need to be held quickly and judgments issued in a timely matter.


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