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Colin Campbell steps down as NHL disciplinarian before Stanley Cup final

VANCOUVER - Colin Campbell is no longer in charge of NHL discipline.

The veteran executive decided to relinquish a key component of his job just before the start of a Stanley Cup final involving his son Gregory, a member of the Boston Bruins.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed the news ahead of Game 1 of the final and said Brendan Shanahan will take over the job. Shanahan will also oversee a committee on player safety.

Campbell had already been excused from making any rulings during the Vancouver-Boston championship series — just as he was any time the Bruins were involved in a decision from the league.

The former NHL coach and player became the league's senior vice-president and director of hockey operations in 1998 and was largely responsible for handling suspensions and fines.

Campbell will continue to work for the league.