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Rome Gets A Four Game Suspension

via Dan Murphy tweet,

NHL suspends Canucks Aaron Rome 4 games for hit on Nathan Horton in game 3 of Stanley Cup Final.

added 12:45pm,

BOSTON (June 7, 2011)— Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome has been suspended for four games for delivering a late hit to Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final, the National Hockey League announced today.

“Two factors were considered in reaching this decision,” said NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy.  “The hit by Rome was clearly beyond what is acceptable in terms of how late it was delivered after Horton had released the puck and it caused a significant injury.”

Rome was assessed a five-minute major penalty for interference and game misconduct at 5:07 of the first period.

Rome will miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup Final series. In the event that the Final ends before Game 7, the suspension will carry over to the start of the 2011-12 regular season.


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shazam88's avatar

Wow. Two more than I’d have guessed. Interesting.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 06/07/11 at 02:39 PM ET



*waits for Vancouver Sun to write article about how Canada is being discriminated against*

Posted by steviesteve on 06/07/11 at 02:39 PM ET


so was this Shanahan’s first suspension?

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 06/07/11 at 02:42 PM ET

Tripwire32's avatar

Regular season or SCF games?

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 06/07/11 at 02:43 PM ET


Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 06/07/11 at 12:42 PM ET

I think Mike Murphy did it…doesn’t Shanahan start next season technically?

Posted by Garth on 06/07/11 at 02:50 PM ET

Pharazon's avatar

seems a bit much, considering the chance of it going 7 is pretty negligible..

should have just suspended him for the rest of the series, but even that is harsh…

Posted by Pharazon from England on 06/07/11 at 02:51 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I cannot WAIT for the NHL to build off the standard they’ve established with this LANDMARK decision!


We’re all talking about the Matt Cooke suspension still, right?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/07/11 at 02:59 PM ET


Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/07/11 at 12:59 PM ET

Rather early for that. Mike Murphy has one series and it’s about five months until we even begin to see if the change has worked.

Posted by NathanBC on 06/07/11 at 03:03 PM ET


Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/07/11 at 12:59 PM ET

Well at least Mike Murphy, for once, said something other than ‘uh, I didn’t see it.’

For past examples, see th infractions in Bruins games that he neglected to rule on: suckerpunch by Lucic, suckerpunch by Lucic, uh suckerpunch by Lucic (again), hitting guy in face with weapon by Campbell, suckerpunch by Lucic and bite by Burrows.

Some people would include Chara, but I don’t think he did anything illegal.

Posted by steviesteve on 06/07/11 at 03:14 PM ET

Leo_Racicot's avatar

Hamhuis and Rome are now done for the series, that is huge.  The Bruins need to continue to be really agressive with their forecheck now that Ballard and Albert will have bigger roles for the rest of the season.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 06/07/11 at 03:23 PM ET

perfection's avatar

as someone without a horse in this race, i definitely find it to be an extreme punishment. it’s essentially a 5 game suspension since he was ejected early in the first period last night.

no doubt the hit was a half second late, but the ‘significant injury’ part was all on Horton in my opinion. If Rome just stood totally still Horton would have skated right into him because he wasn’t looking at all where he was going. If the hit was NOT late it still would have knocked him the fuch out because he wasn’t looking. He was admiring his pass.

This doesn’t excuse the interference by any means, but I really think this deserves no more than 2 games. And even that seems a bit excessive to me only because I feel like supplementary discipline is handled much like on-ice discipline where rather than looking at the acts themselves as objectively as possible, it’s all circumstantial and is more about evening scores. Basically, Boston lost their guy for the series, so Vancouver needs to lose their guy for the series. That’s how the league approaches it. I hate that. It’s the same mentality that leads to makeup calls and the attitude where if one team gets a PP in overtime, the other team has one due. That just isn’t how sports or games are supposed to work. It’s one of my biggest qualms with hockey, which is otherwise by far my favorite sport.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 06/07/11 at 03:27 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Wait a minute…NOW they factor in injuries when deciding the length of the suspension?

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 06/07/11 at 04:03 PM ET


Four games is a joke. The NHL is clueless in how to put an end to this stuff.

Rome’s hit was 100% blatant intent to injure. It should be 25 games without pay. Your second incident should be 50 games without pay. Your third blatant intent to injure (Matt Cooke, Patrick Kaleta, etc.) should be 100 games without pay. After that you’re out of the league. It would put an end to this in a hurry.

I grew up in the ‘80s with Probert and all those guys slugging it out. There was some really rough and tumble play, but I don’t remember anything remotely close to the blatant disregard for your fellow man that I’ve witnessed in the NHL this year. It’s absolutely disgraceful.

Posted by Eric H. on 06/07/11 at 04:38 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

No dog in this hunt.  Watching the games for entertainment.  That being said, I am developing a loathsome attitude towards the Boston Pandas.  Surprised to see them this deep in the playoffs. The East representative would prolly be more seasoned/skilled if the Wings switched Conferences. Just saying…

The hit?....Keep your head up next time old sport.  I wish you a speedy recovery.

The suspension?....to extreme.  Seems the justification for the suspension is that the Pandas lost a player so the Nucks should to. “Perfection from Chicago” is spot on.  Funny how the announcers were marveling at all the shenanigans (Thornton….BIG Hit!) until Horton went horizontal. 

Drop the puck.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 06/07/11 at 04:39 PM ET


When the NHL’s golden cash cow, Crosby, comes back for three weeks next season and is concussed again and retires, maybe then the joke that is the NHL will get serious about this stuff. Four games is not a deterrent at all—I don’t care if that takes him out for the rest of the Cup or not.

Posted by Eric H. on 06/07/11 at 04:40 PM ET


4 games is a joke.  Bigger joke is that Raffi Torres got 0 games on a blatant hit to the head of Brent Seabrook against Chicago when Seabrook had never touched the puck.  Guess what happened after that hit?  Inspired Chicago to win the next 3 games, and almost eliminate Vancouver.  They came up short in Game 7 OT.  Way to go Romey!

Posted by wolverine from hockeyheaven on 06/07/11 at 04:45 PM ET

gusoline's avatar

I thought I remembered hearing that players do not get paid salaries for playoff games.  So, If they win, he would still get his name on the Cup, he would still get his ring and his time with the Cup with no financial disincentive.  I know for a very competitive athlete, not playing in the finals hurts, but is there any other personal disincentive here?

Anyone know whether salaries are paid in the post-season and/or how they are affected by suspensions?

Posted by gusoline on 06/07/11 at 05:18 PM ET


Just posted this over at Empty Netters, but:

The part the sticks in my craw is “and it caused significant injury.” In no way should that be part of a disciplinary decision. A bad hit is a bad hit. Are you telling me it would be one or two games if Horton got back up? Garage league.

Posted by Matt from Glen Burnie, MD on 06/07/11 at 05:35 PM ET

awould's avatar

Obviously your opinion of the suspension largely depends on what your opinion of the hit was. To me, it was very late, making it a dangerous hit, and no amount of excuse-making can change that. It was not Horton’s fault for not preparing himself for a hit when he had no reason to believe one would be coming. Players skate around all the time looking at the play that’s going on, they have awareness of the ice and other players but they certainly don’t need to be looking directly ahead at all times. It’s very possible Horton saw Rome in his peripheral vision but, again, had no legitimate reason to worry. Had Rome not laid him out, it likely would’ve been interference as Horton was skating across the blue line and Rome moved into his lane.

But he did lay him out and he did it with a very late hit. Whether Horton was or wasn’t injured should have nothing to do with it - the problem is that this type of hit has a very high probability of injuring a player and should be dealt with accordingly.

The fact that Horton actually was injured may have increased the penalty time. Who knows. We’ll see how it goes next time it happens and the guy gets up and skates the rest of the game. Obviously under Campbell, it was ridiculous and no amount of logic every entered into his rulings. But Murphy made this call and Shanny will make the call next season. Hopefully there will be some consistency in the future and I hope this is a precedent. 4 games is a good start.

Posted by awould on 06/07/11 at 05:47 PM ET

blammo's avatar

So Rome, who has no past record of transgressions, a stand-up player if there ever was one, who has suffered a similar but worse hit (in terms of its intent) in the San Jose series for which there was no suspension, will now not be allowed to finish this series, a moment he has likely dreamed of his whole life because he hit a guy, north south, coming into his zone, a fraction of a second late.

Seems unjust to me.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 06/07/11 at 08:54 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

It’s also unjust that Nathan Horton won’t be able to finish this series because he got creamed by a guy who shouldn’t have hit him.

Of course, Horton is a nigh-unlikeable dickweed, but that doesn’t make it ok to hit him dirty.

The real injustice will likely come next season when twelve hits like this one result in four different levels of punishment, ranging from “hockey play” to “two game suspension.”

I hope Shanahan can bring sanity to all of this.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/07/11 at 09:00 PM ET

awould's avatar

Boo hoo. Poor Rome. Lifelong dream down the tubes just because of he broke a rule. It’s just not fair that every other player on both teams get to play just because they didn’t break the rules. I mean, every player but Horton of course. He only broke the unwritten homer-fanboi rule of ‘admiring his pass’ instead of bracing for a late hit he just had to know was coming…. he’d be playing tomorrow night if Rome hadn’t broken that one rule.

Screw Rome. Tough break for him, I’m sure he feels bad, but actions have consequences. One consequence is you get punished. The other, the more serious one, is that Horton is injured with the type of injury that can shorten a career. Just because a lot of guys in the past have gotten off too easily doesn’t make it right. Like I said before, I just hope this is a precedent and not the old random Campbell Wheel of Justice taking a spin.

Posted by awould on 06/07/11 at 09:08 PM ET

blammo's avatar

Hey, if this is the new standard. I’m all for it. But to apply the ‘new standard’ in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals? That is bush league. You don’t make new rules in the midst of your championship series.

He was already penalized for interference, which is all this was, 5 min and a game. The other stuff is all politics. End of story.

If you think for a second that from here on out, everybody that finishes their checks a fraction of second late will be suspended for the equivalent of (potentially) 4 SCF games, you are dreaming.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 06/07/11 at 10:03 PM ET

awould's avatar

finishes their checks

Ha. Good one!

Posted by awould on 06/08/11 at 12:18 AM ET


a fraction of second

That’s 29 fractions of a second late.

Posted by Garth on 06/08/11 at 12:22 AM ET


that is a bogus suspension. I’m a huge wings fan and if one of the wings was suspended for that hit for 4 Finals games I’d be Irate.

Claude Lamiue basically destroyed kris drapers face and got Zero suspension.

the NHL sucks anymore. Since when does the result of the hit warrant the suspension you receive? 

Look at the hit on brad stewart. He got his jaw broken and Kostopoulos who clearly targeted Stewart’s head got a lousy 6 game suspension in the regular season. 4 Stanley cup games is like being suspended for an entire season in my book

Posted by Jason on 06/08/11 at 07:21 PM ET

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