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Bettman Upholds Thornton Suspension

NEW YORK (Dec. 24, 2013) –  Commissioner Gary Bettman today upheld the 15-game suspension that was assessed to Boston Bruin sforward Shawn Thornton by the Department of Player Safety for punching and injuring an unsuspecting opponent,Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins, in NHL Game No. 438 at Boston on Dec. 7.

Commissioner Bettman heard Thornton's appeal at a hearing in New York on Friday, Dec. 20. The original decision was assessed Dec. 14.

The incident occurred at 11:06 of the first period. Thornton was assessed a match penalty for violating NHL Rule 46.15.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Thornton will forfeit $84,615.45. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

View Bettman's ruling here...

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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

This is precisely why the NHLPA has to trust their leadership when it comes to negotiating CBAs.  Bettman comes across as slightly less warm than Hoth when it comes to media/PR/speech-giving appearances, but when it comes time for the lawyer stuff like the appeals process, he’s in his element completely.

This is another slam dunk for the NHL in absolutely crushing the NHLPA’s case for lightening up on a suspension.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/24/13 at 01:47 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/24/13 at 01:57 PM ET

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I couldn’t have said it better myself @ Alan from ATL : )

Posted by BC two hander on 12/24/13 at 02:29 PM ET

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Has any player gone to the next step, which is independent arbitration?

Posted by rjman48 from Royal Oak on 12/24/13 at 04:11 PM ET

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View Bettman’s ruling here…

“...As I noted in my recent opinion concerning Patrick Kaleta, the protection of Players’ heads has been a matter of intense and increased attention over the course of several years. A Player who today blatantly flouts the rules in a manner that causes a head injury can and should expect to be severely disciplined.”

... unless you play a game against the Detroit Red Wings
and a player on their rooster suffers a concussion

... such as one who’s name is Pavel Datsyuk

... or Johan Franzén

...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/24/13 at 04:22 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Has any player gone to the next step, which is independent arbitration?

Posted by rjman48 from Royal Oak on 12/24/13 at 03:11 PM ET

Not yet. This is only the second time this season the NHLPA has had an option to do so and they were so thoroughly beaten in the Kaleta decision that they didn’t try an independent arbitrator. 

I don’t figure they’ll try one here either, but you never know.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/24/13 at 04:31 PM ET

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The NHLPA assists the players through due process. It is the player, not the union, that is furthering this. If the player wishes to arbitrate, then the NHLPA will assist the player through the process. The NHLPA itself does not have an interest in appealing or in arbitrating.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/24/13 at 07:24 PM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

im sure if it was a star who did it like ovechkin the suspension would have been shorter for sure.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 12/24/13 at 09:30 PM ET

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The NHLPA itself does not have an interest in appealing or in arbitrating.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/24/13 at 06:24 PM ET

If I was Fehr, I’d want a test case for arbitration. Not to win, just to get a feel for the landscape and let the NHL that there will be pushback against long suspensions. Even ones I know we’ll lose.

This is another slam dunk for the NHL in absolutely crushing the NHLPA’s case for lightening up on a suspension.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/24/13 at 12:47 PM ET

Might be the first time I’ve seen someone use a word with that spelling correctly on the internet. Kudos.

Posted by larry on 12/26/13 at 02:10 PM ET

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