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from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,
Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has decided not to appeal his 15-game suspension to an independent arbitrator for attacking the Pittsburgh Penguins' Brooks Orpik during a game at TD Garden on Dec. 7.
After the team's morning skate Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena, Thornton said it was not an easy decision and he's had difficulty sleeping the last couple of days. He was even late getting onto the ice Tuesday because he was exhausting all his options with his lawyers.
Thornton, his agent and the Bruins felt that by the time a decision on the appeal was made, it actually wouldn't save him any games. He's eligible to return on Jan. 11 at San Jose.
Thornton said he'd rather not be a distraction for the team and wants to focus on preparing for his return. He thought there would be a hearing prior to Jan. 11 but it was not a guarantee that it would happen.
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...
The next tweet from Bob McKenzie...
If, after receiving Bettman's judgment and narrative, Thornton wants to appeal that, he can go to independent arbitrator.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
It’s a severe sentence for Thornton, a first-time offender who compiled nearly 900 PIMs without incident as an NHL enforcer. He has a well-deserved reputation of being clean and honorable, and had never crossed the line to hurt a fellow player. Still, a harsh penalty is justified on nearly every level given his regrettable actions, though the NHL got it right by coming in under the 20-game suspension mark that defines despicable acts from guys like Marty McSorley and Todd Bertuzzi.
However, the decision to throw the book at an honest, respectable enforcer like Thornton could also be setting a dangerous precedent.
The suspension covers the league in the wake of anti-fighting sentiments with a growing number of lawsuits on the horizon, and it placates the non-hockey crowd that can’t begin to understand the sometimes violent code of honor that’s always existed in hockey. It’s a delicate balance between predator and enforcer that’s always kept both NHL species in check.
But now the scales seem to be starting to tip more toward the hyena than the lion.
Thornton’s suspension sends the message to players like Orpik that it’s okay to target skill players around the NHL with a “human missile” hit like the one the Pittsburgh defenseman was intent on delivering last weekend to Loui Eriksson, which is what prompted Thornton's response.
“Higher than I expected and higher than I think is warranted."
“We’ve had our fair share of players hurt badly by concussions, I don’t think anyone’s gotten a 15-game suspension out of those. Thornton is a guy who plays the role he plays and has never had any suspensions or issues. It comes down a little harsh for me.”
-Cam Neely, President of the Boston Bruins on the Shawn Thornton suspension, via CSNNE.
More coming when it is available.
added 4:03pm, Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension below...
No excuse for what Shawn Thornton did there. Looked to me like he completely lost it after couple borderline hits from Penguins. Cant happen
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) December 8, 2013
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik was taken off the ice on a stretcher in the first period against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
With play stopped, Orpik and Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton were in a confrontation, and Orpik remained injured on the ice.
Penguins players immediately called for medical assistance.
Thornton and Orpik became involed after Bruins forward Brad Marchand, while on the ice, took a knee to the head from Penguins forward James Neal.
Thornton was assessed a match penalty; he appeared to pull Orpik down and punch him while he was on the ice.
Neal was assessed a two-minute penalty for kneeing.
Bruins forward Loui Eriksson left the game after his first shift following a hit from Orpik.
Watch the incident below... added 8:36pm, both Boston and Pittsburgh broadcasts can be viewed below...
added 8:40pm, Orpik hit on Eriksson added below too...
Bruins have announced Thornton is done for the evening.
The Boston Bruins and forward Shawn Thornton have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $1.1 million a year.
Thornton was scheduled to become a free agent on July 1.
The 34-year-old Oshawa, Ontario, native has four goals and eight assists this season and leads the Bruins with 145 penalty minutes. He has led the team in that category in each of the last two seasons.
a bit more...
On being excited for Game 7 despite being focused…
There is no doubt that everybody is excited about this opportunity. But like you said you got to stay the course. I think it’s served us well. Our group right now seems calm and focused and ready to do the job. Our team if it gets stressed out has never performed well so I don’t expect us or I don’t want us to go out there stressed out. I expect our team to go out there excited and determined to do the job. So far I haven’t seen anything different than that.
On what the most important thing is for the team to focus on tonight…
Lots of energy, energy so that we can focus on putting pucks in deep and forechecking and the physicality of our game, the fact that we need to get to the front of the net like we’ve done every time that we’ve had success. If we can do that again, offensively our game is going to be a lot better. I don’t have much complaints about our defensive game here in Vancouver but certainly our offensive game has got to be better today.
Today’s transcripts of Q&As with Michael Ryder, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell and Andrew Ference.
Q. The suspension for Rome’s four games, does that surprise you? Do you think that’s just?
MICHAEL RYDER: Well, it was a League decision that came out just then. I guess we heard the same time you guys did. It’s their decision, and that’s it.
Q. Are you satisfied?
MICHAEL RYDER: Well, you know, Horty is a big part of our team. He’s been huge for us all season in the playoffs. We’re definitely going to miss him.
It’s not my call how many games Rome gets or whatever. The league just decided that four was it. Everybody is going to have to deal with that.
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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
At 3:31 of the second period, Thornton was cut by Fernando Pisani’s skate blade. Thornton was trying to finish his check when he lost his balance and fell. The blade carved open a J-shaped wound above Thornton’s right eye. Had it been an inch lower, Thornton might have lost his eye. Thornton required 40-plus stitches to close the gash. Thornton didn’t return.
“Lucky,’’ Thornton said. “A little lower and it could have been on my eye. No headache, no concussion, no nothing. It’s throbbing a little bit from getting a lot of stitches in there. But nothing bad.’’
Thornton wasn’t pleased about an unidentified Blackhawk chirping. As Thornton made his way to the dressing room, he heard one of the Blackhawks give him the business from the bench. Thornton stopped and made it known he didn’t appreciate it.
“There was some stuff said that I’m not very happy about,’’ Thornton said. “If I ever find out who it was, I’ll deal with it in my own way.’’
read on and watch Thornton post-game and a video of the injury below…
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Hockey has given Shawn Thornton many things in life, but he never imagined it would bring him back to his roots.
Yet, there Thornton sat Thursday afternoon—after an overnight flight from Boston—in the city of his mother’s birth, peeling off a sweaty Boston Bruins jersey and ruminating exactly on what the game has given him.
Just since signing with Boston in 2007, Thornton has found a hockey home and been exposed to experiences he never believed to be possible.
“I’m pretty fortunate, my first exhibition game with Boston after I signed was in Newfoundland and I hadn’t been back there in five or six years and now this,” Thornton told NHL.com Thursday. “The timing has been pretty good for myself.”
Thornton played his first four pro seasons in the American Hockey League with the St. John’s Maple Leafs, which made that first trip such a powerful homecoming.
via Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog,
Shawn Thornton has signed a two-year extension with the Bruins. In 74 games, the 32-year-old tough guy scored one goal and nine assists while recording 141 penalty minutes. Thornton, who skated on both sides of the fourth line, averaged 9:02 of ice time per game. Thornton recorded 21 fights, including his beatdown of Matt Cooke in the first Boston-Pittsburgh game following Marc Savard’s concussion.
First shift for both players, they drop their gloves and go at it.
Hopefully the end of the story.