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NHL Names New Head of Department of Player Safety

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With Brendan Shanahan leaving his job with the NHL to take over as president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHL needed to find a replacement for Shanahan as the head of the Department of Player Safety. In less than 48 hours, the league has found that replacement in the form of former journeyman defenseman Stephane Quintal.

From NHL via press release:

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.

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