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NHL Wheel of Discipline: Sheldon Souray

Jan 16, 2009 – 11:50 AM
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Bruce Ciskie

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Welcome to another exciting edition of the NHL Wheel of Discipline! Our effort to chronicle the stupidity of the NHL's supplementary discipline system continues. Just remember, Sean Avery got six games for a sex joke. Instead of serving as a baseline, it seems to be a forgotten fact at NHL headquarters.

I had no clue about NHL rule 47.15 until after Thursday's Minnesota win over Edmonton. The rule calls for a match penalty (with automatic one-game ban) whenever a player "wearing tape or any other material on his hands (below the wrist) ... cuts or injures an opponent during an altercation." Watching this video of Edmonton defenseman Sheldon Souray whaling on Craig Weller of Minnesota, it's pretty clear that Souray uses his wrist pad as a weapon.

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