This is a story that is sure to get bigger in the days to come, and has a strong Boston angle to it.
Colin Campbell, who serves as Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations for the NHL – and chief disciplinarian – seems to have had a grudge against Bruins center Marc Savard, and that may have played a role in Campbell’s decision not to suspend Matt Cooke for his cheap hit on Savard which has essentially halted his NHL career. The story is based on emails from and to Campbell.
See the following links for more:
Leaked emails suggest Colin Campbell held bias against Savard, Bruins – (New England Hockey Journal)
Have Savard emails exposed NHL’s Colin Campbell as corrupt? (Yahoo! Sports)
Who did Colin Campbell call “a little fake artist”? (Cached version of the site that originally broke this story – mc79hockey.com – the site is down from so much traffic.)
A complication to this is that ironically, Campbell’s son, Gregory, now plays for the Bruins. Colin Campbell apparently also has a history of trying to intefere in matters to defend his son.