Colin Campbell: Savard A “Little Fake Artist”

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Okay, this looks bad.

For Colin Campbell, that is. A series of e-mails from 2006-2007, unearthed by the above linked Tyler Dellow, a Torontonian lawyer and blogger, between the embattled NHL Head of Discipline and then Director of Officiating, Referee Stephen Walkom as they discuss firing Referee Dean Warren who’s employment with the league was terminated in April, 2008. Mr. Warren had filed a lawsuit claiming unlawful termination because he was an “advocate for officials” whom the NHL viewed as a “threat to it’s plan”.

In the course of these e-mails, Campbell reveals a serious bias towards Marc Savard, referencing a game February 24th, 2007 featuring the Boston Bruins against the Florida Panthers and an incident between his son, current Bruin Gregory Campbell, and Savard and a high-sticking call made by Warren.

“Your answer re: his high stick calls and the score of the game were horse shit. The 3rd call on [Gregory Campbell] was while they were down 5 on 4 and on a def zone face off vs that little fake artist [Marc Savard] I had him in [New York] biggest faker going. And Warren fell for it when he grabbed his face on a face off. Your supposed to see the act, not call the embellishing act. Dean Warren has to go…” – Colin Campbell

Joe Haggerty offers an excellent summation of the situation. Puck Daddy has some good stuff, as you’d expect.

This is just ugly, folks. real ugly. It looks bad for the NHL. It looks bad for Colin Campbell. The Bruins are going to find themselves right in the middle of it for many reasons, not the least of which is that they now have the two players involved in that very incident on the team together and one of them is trying to come back currently from a very high profile head injury resulting from a highly controversial incident that, guess who, Colin Campbell failed rule correctly on.

People are already asking.

Matt Cooke wasn’t suspended for concussing Marc Savard last year. Did Campbell’s apparent loathing of Savard play into it? – Dellow

This is just the beginning of this one, kids. Stay tuned.

Heads are going to roll.

And they should.

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