The preseason is usually a time to refine lineups, get a better look at players trying to make a team, and implement systems. But not so in hockey! No, the preseason is played with the same intensity as the regular season, all the way down to the occasional fight and dirty hit. On Wednesday, one such dirty hit, laid by Jody Shelley of the Philadelphia Flyers, sparked a brawl and left Darryl Boyce down on the ice after eating the boards.
Video of the hit after the jump.
Take it away, Broad Street Hockey.
As you can see in the video above, Jody Shelley's cheap shot on Leafs forward Darryl Boyce is 120 percent suspension worthy. It's just absolutely disgusting and something we don't want to see in hockey anymore. Shelley's mother would probably agree with that assessment, too. The puck is gone, Boyce has his back to the board, and Shelley decides to throw an elbow right into his upper back. It's impossible to defend something like that.
Can't argue with that. New NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will certainly have a look at the video, and it's hard to conclude he won't deem it suspension-worthy. The question probably isn't if Shelley will be suspended, but how long the suspension will be.