The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - December 11th, 2013

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently the board of governors like the Shannyban.

The NHL’s board of governors wrapped up two days of meetings in Pebble Beach, Calif., Tuesday, with the focus shifting mostly to safety and discipline issues, two topics that keep the league in the news, for better or for worse.

On the same day he suspended Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf for two games, NHL disciplinary chief Brendan Shanahan delivered a report to the board, essentially echoing comments made by commissioner Gary Bettman three weeks ago – that of the more than 50,000 hits the league’s statisticians record every year, fewer than 100 require review.

Iggy took a victory lap in Calgary.

Yes, he's humble. True, he's never been a showboat. But Jarome Iginla usually has a flair for the dramatic.

We've seen him make a good first impression, like he did when his junior career concluded in the spring of 1996. Twenty-four hours later, he was in a Flames sweater in front of a new fan base in Calgary, assisting on a Theo Fleury goal in a Stanley Cup first-round playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks. In his next outing two nights later, Iginla scored his first goal.

Of course, there were his heroics in the Flames run to the 2004 Stanley Cup final. There was that brilliant Game 7 in the first round against the Vancouver Canucks, in which Iginla scored twice and it was a rebound from his shot that teammate Martin Gelinas banged in for the overtime winner.

Shawn Thornton will have an in-person hearing on Friday.

Judgment Day is fast approaching for Shawn Thornton.

The NHL announced Tuesday the Boston Bruins forward will learn his fate on Friday, when he has an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for his actions on Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He had been suspended indefinitely pending the hearing and will have missed three games by the time he has the meeting. The league offers in-person meetings for any suspension that has the potential to exceed five games, but it could also be less.

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