Quintal named new interim head of NHL Player Safety

Quintal named new interim head of NHL Player Safety
April 11, 2014, 3:00 pm
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A former Boston Bruins first round pick and defenseman will be the new face of the NHL discipline system for at least the upcoming playoffs.

Stephane Quintal, a former NHL blueliner with the Bruins, Canadiens, Jets, Rangers, Blues and Blackhawks, first came aboard with Brendan Shanahan as the Players Safety Manager in 2011, and will now replace the outgoing Shanahan as the single person responsible for conducting disciplinary hearings, and handing out supplementary discipline to offenders.

Quintal will be overseen by NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, and work alongside current Player Safety Department officials Patrick Burke and Brian Leetch. Quintal was a member of the Bruins from 1988-92 until he was traded to the St. Louis Blues along with Craig Janney for Adam Oates.

Here is part of the release announcing Quintal’s role as the interim replacement for Shanahan, who has agreed to become the new President and alternate Governor for the Toronto Maple Leafs:

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.