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Aaron Rome suspended four games for his hit on Nathan Horton

Jun 7, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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While some debated whether or not Aaron Rome would be suspended for his wicked hit on Nathan Horton in the first period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, there was no debate amongst the NHL officials. Rome was suspended for four games for his hit meaning he’ll sit out the rest of the finals. With the Bruins ruling Nathan Horton out of the playoffs with a severe concussion, in this case, the punishment fits the crime.

Rome’s suspension is the harshest one delivered in the history of the Stanley Cup finals as previous suspensions have all been of the one game variety. The last time a player was suspended in the Stanley Cup finals came in 2007 when Anaheim’s Chris Pronger received a one game ban for elbowing Ottawa’s Dean McAmmond in the head.

Senior VP of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy had this to say about the hit:

“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.”

With Vancouver being without Aaron Rome and with a lingering injury to Dan Hamhuis, they’re going to have to fill ranks from within falling back to either Keith Ballard or Chris Tanev to take his spot on the blue line the rest of the way out. While Rome isn’t a top flight defender, he earned his spot in the lineup and earned coach Alain Vigneault’s trust. With him having to fall back on Ballard or Tanev he’s either putting his faith into a player who lost his trust and spot in the lineup in Ballard or a rookie in Tanev.

There won’t be anyone feeling too bad for Vancouver in this instance as Rome’s importance to Vancouver is dwarfed by how important Nathan Horton is for Boston. The trade off isn’t fair by any means but the punishment given to Rome fits the situation and how the league needed to take a tougher stand on questionable and dirty hits delivered to players’ heads. If this is the kind of change that could be on the way in the future, perhaps the game will be a bit safer.

Aaron Rome made a statement about the hit issued through the team.

“I want to express my concern for Nathan’s well being and wish him a quick and full recovery. I try to play this game honestly and with integrity. As someone who has experienced this type of injury I am well aware of its serious nature and have no desire for another player to experience it. I will not take away my teammates’ focus on the task at hand and intend to speak at an appropriate time in future.”

Rome doesn’t have a history at all with dirty hits delivered and he too was knocked out of action for a short while in the playoffs this year. During the Western Conference finals against San Jose he was taken out thanks to a questionable hit from Sharks forward Jamie McGinn. McGinn was not suspended for the hit.

This won’t be the last time we’ll have an instance like this, but considering how severe the punishment was to Rome in this instance without any prior record perhaps the league is finally getting serious.

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  1. abrienza428 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    I don’t think either team has a right to complain after this ruling.
    They got one right finally.

    • ob1canobie - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:14 PM

      Horton for Rome? If I were a Canuck fan I would take that trade all day…

      • mgp1219 - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:22 PM

        Which is why it was a deliberate, cheap, late hit.

  2. warpstonebc - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Punishment fits the crime? C’mon. It’s never been run this way and it’s rich to change tack when it’s against your team.

    Homer.

    Nobody wants to address it, but it wasn’t a blindside hit. Horton not seeing the defencemen stepping up does not make rule 48 applicable here. The NHL just doesn’t like the optics and would like us all to pretend like they have it under control. Fact of the matter is that there are far dirtier hits that happen every game compared to this one. The only difference is that if the player taking the hit avoids injury (and US media attention), it’s not on the league’s radar.

    • murraychadwick - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:35 PM

      You’re right, it wasn’t a blindside hit. It was a headshot that Rome delivered clearly late and he also left his feet. Everyone that know anything about hockey can see that this was a hit worthy of a suspension.

      • ob1canobie - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:07 PM

        Anyone who watches the NHL knows that this hit was deliberate and coached. This was no mistake… this was old style take him out of the playoffs hit where you use an expendible member of your team to make sure a valuable player doesnt return to the ice.

      • warpstonebc - Jun 7, 2011 at 8:35 PM

        Get real Ob. Cranking a guy in open ice is incredibly hard. Headhunting is usually done in the corners. Deliberate shots are not carried out like that.

      • ob1canobie - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:04 PM

        There was nothing difficult about delivering the hit. Watch the video his feet left the ground and he intentionally aimed for the head. That was old school coached defense. I have been watching hockey for 40 years or so and have not seen that move in 20…

      • mgp1219 - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:14 PM

        Hey warpstonebc,
        Do you mean hits like the one that Matt Cooke laid on Savard or the one that took Crosby out in the winter classic? Yeah, those were not in open ice, were they? Time for you to get real.

    • eyecorporations - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      You obviously didn’t even bother reading the ruling. Nowhere does it say anything about a blindside hit, or rule 48.

      • warpstonebc - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:53 PM

        That’s the point. The precedent for a lengthy suspension due to a headshot IS rule 48. The league has not eliminated hits to the head in the regs. I’m sure it will at some point, but this is a ridiculous platform on which to float a change.

        There are hits that are way worse than this every game. The standout part of this incident is that Rome targeted a player that was lollygagging. The injury is not due to contact on impact, but rather Horton’s head slamming to the ice. This is a major, a game misconduct and possibly a game suspension.

        But reactionary crap like “blindside hit” talk is what started this overreaction which carried into Murphy’s inconsistent ruling.

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM

        @warp – I completely agree with you – totally inconsistent.
        Chara does the same thing in the middle of the season and Murphy looked the other way. (Murphy was in charge of Boston’s Discipline because of Campbell.) Boston is clearly his golden child. I don’t want to here Boston fan complaining about the NHL being biased against them because it’s flat out false.

        The sad part is if Horton hadn’t gotten hurt they would not have even called a 2 min minor.

      • manhorse69 - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:04 PM

        So somebody that shoots somebody else shouldn’t be punished because they fired the gun? The bullet should get it because it caused all the damage? Ok got it

      • orig6 - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:11 PM

        hystoracle, again, you’re an idiot. One, the Chara incident and this are two completely different things. Two, Murphy is in there because Campbell stepped down because of d-bags like you and your whining about undermining discipline, so Murphy has nothing to do with it. Three, if Horton didn’t get hurt, THAT WOULD MEAN ROME WOULDN’T HAVE HIT HIM IN THE HEAD. Where you come up with the Bruins being the “Golden Child” is beyond any of us here. Please go back to that rock you crawled out from under.

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:19 PM

        @ manhorse — What??? — How many hits at the Blue line have their been this year in the NHL playoffs on guys who don’t have the puck? I would be willing to bet dozens if not close to a hundred. How many resulted in even a 2 min minor for interference? No where close to a hundred – probably less than 5. One guy gets hit and hits his head on the ice, unfortunately getting injured and it’s a four game suspension. My point is even given that Rome was late if Horton pops right back up and is fine – there is no penalty, no suspension, and no arguments. The length of this Suspension in the NHL Finals is totally reactionary to the end result and the public furor and not the act itself. Which is what I was agreeing with. One game – fair – stops the nonsense in this series. Four Games too much.

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:34 PM

        orig 6 –
        One, the Chara incident and this incident are completely same thing. Both were late hits. Both incurred 5 minute majors and the gate. BBoth resulted in injury to the opposing player. Totally the same thing. the differences – (A) one was in the middle of the regular season and (B) Rome is the only one who got suspended.

        Two, Murphy has everything to do with it. Who was reviewing Boston incidents this season Campbell? No .. Murphy because Campbell had recused himself. Murphy is in there because Campbell stepped down because it was undermining discipline. You can’t have one set of perceptions and discplinarian style reviewing 29 teams and another reviewing the other team. There is going to be an inherent bias one way or the other. And raises questions from the 29 other teams when the rulings are inconsistent.
        “Three, if Horton didn’t get hurt, …” Well, Duh!! I have said on here that Rome’s shoulder pads did make contact with Horton’s head. But I think the most damage came when a stunned Horton hit his head on the ice. – that wasn’t the point – the point was that if there was no injury there isn’t even a penalty. If it is interference then it is interference whether the player gets hurt or not. BUt in the NHL if you don’t get hurt it’s a great hit. If they do get hurt it’s dirty and suspend him for four games.

        Where you come up with the Bruins being the “Golden Child” is beyond any of us here. The only people that haven’t seen the separate set of rules for the bruins this year are Bruins fans because they are too busy waiting for their team to choke instead of rooting them on to victory. You have the best goalie in the game right now; who does a grade A flop job in the first game, and you whine about the Sedins’ diving prowess. I saw enough diving from the Bruins during the Bolts series to make Greg Louganis proud.

        “Please go back to that rock you crawled out from under.” – Hey I can save 15% on my car insurance – good thing I came out for a while.

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:02 PM

        “Two factors were considered in reaching this decision,” said NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy in a statement. “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.”

        The injury was a key factor in the suspension. To my point that this stuff isn’t dealt with until someone gets hurt. Dangerous hits should be penalized even if the opposing player doesn’t get hurt.

        This behavior in this series by both teams as been so unprofessional it’s sickening. We are trying to cultivate new fans to this game. the way these two teams are acting they may be turning people off. Too much nonsense..

        These are two talented teams that could put on a show if they would just play hockey and quit being stupid.

      • manhorse69 - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:11 PM

        Oracle, the point is that the guy did get hurt and off of an late and illegal hit. Had he not been hurt it wouldn’t make the hit any more legal. The Chara incident is very different in that he was playing a man who had the puck and dumped it in the zone and had a couple seconds of contact with the player. There is a lot more question of intent and awareness of the danger in the Chara play than in this one. This was a 2 game suspension for Rome and the other 2 games were to appease a team/fanbase that felt they had a case for another player to have been suspended.

      • manhorse69 - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:13 PM

        Ps I agree with your last post. Cut the bull and play hockey.

    • bruins18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:40 PM

      your dumb he hit him like 6 seconds after he released the puck there was no reason why horton should have been hit which is why he wasnt looking or expecting to get hit bcuz he DIDNT HAVE THE PUCK ANYMORE gotta love canadians fans

      • stakex - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:55 PM

        @Bruins18

        It was a late hit, but it sure as hell wasn’t 6 seconds late. Sit there and count six seconds to yourself… its quite a long time. This hit was about a second and a half after the pass, which is a bit late (generaly a second is ok).

        The hit being late is not what made it bad thought. It was a clear (and dirty) headshot, and Rome left his feet. Thats why he was suspended, and rightfully so. Don’t try and twist the facts around thought, if this was a clean shoulder on shoulder hit it wouldn’t have even been a penelty.

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:58 PM

        It was less than six seconds as confirmed by NHL on the Fly. It was ALMOST 1 second. 29 frames of video to be exact – (@ 30 frames per second).

      • manhorse69 - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:11 PM

        Stakex is probably right. And it seems fairly clear that Rome had the opportunity to make it a clean shoulder hit and chose to leave his feet and go shoulder to chin. And for those who say he didn’t leave his feet, that’s bull. He used his feet to propel himself into the hit and off the ground. What I don’t understand is the people who say it was late and then try to defend it saying it’s a split second decision. If it’s late he had time to assess the situation and choose the correct course of hitting the player.

      • mgp1219 - Jun 7, 2011 at 5:05 PM

        it was only 1 second, be fair, but three strides by Horton., but i agree with the rest odf what you said.

    • nolesshabitual - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:40 PM

      They didn’t say hit from behind they said blindside, as in the way he wasn’t looking leaving him defenseless. I notice you put homer in your post, but signatures generally go at the bottom. Just be glad they came down as hard as they did, if this wasn’t deserving of a suspension then I could see Thornton or McQuaid throwing a similarly “clean” hit on one of the Sedin Princesses.

      • warpstonebc - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM

        A blindside infraction occurs when a player has reasonable expectation of not being targeted from a lateral or rear check. When a defenceman steps into the play to make a hit at the blueline that is a de facto example of NON-Blindside hit.

        It’s only “blindside” in the sense that Horton wasn’t aware.

        The NHL did not convert interference penalties into 4 game suspensions in the finals until know. It makes no sense. Interference penalties are timing calls. The gratuitous injury could merit a one-game suspension, but that’s mitigated by Horton’s situational awareness.

        There is no cause for 4 games besides grandstanding to people like Yerdon who love to misinterpret hockey plays as drama. It was a bad hit. Not a 4 game suspension for homers and media to verbally masturbate about,

      • manhorse69 - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:13 PM

        That was 2 games for the hit and 2 games as a mea culpa for Burrows from the league.

    • savoirlaire - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      Ya know, there is this group of brainless Canuck fans on PHT that just won’t let this one go…no matter how blatently clear it is on video, no matter how many people on these forums (including non-Bruin fans) disagree with them, no matter how many announcers and writers state the obvious, and now, no matter what penalty the league imposes…these Canuck fans, like the nuclear scientist warpstonebc above, insist this wasn’t a dirty hit and somehow Horton is at fault.

      All you can do is shake your head and thank god you don’t have to root for this team alongside these pathetic loser fans…

      • orig6 - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:16 PM

        Amen, going into this series, I didn’t realize how dirty this team was. They make a mockery of the game, I think Avery would fit in nicely with this group. They are by far my #1 hated team of all time. (They put Philly to shame).

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:47 PM

        Not a canucks fan — After the hit, Torres put on Thornton in the last round I was fully aware of what was coming in this series. I could see the Canucks getting ugly with the Bruins and Bruins fans getting all up in arms about it. Not so fun when the shoe is on the other foot is it?

        I also thought all of Canada was going to adopt the Canucks as their one true team or something.. Which luckily isn’t happening as bad as I expected. I was actually thinking of pulling for Boston but then I remembered how obnoxious their fans are. I’d still like to see it for some of thier players though. Thomas, Chara, Recchi, Krecji all play hard and are quality players who are fully capable of leading their team to the cup.

        The emotion of the moment has got caught up in this incident. Boston fan and Canuck fan can’t see it because they are too close emotionally. Believe me, as a Bolts fan, if it was one of our guys being laid out I would want more than four games too.. I feel your pain but not sure I agree with the penalty here.

      • spiffy53 - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:20 PM

        orig6, whoa whoa whoa. don’t bring philly into this. you don’t get any of this nonsense when the bruins play the flyers. it’s usually a tough go and you know what you are going to get. with vancouver, you get european soccer and shady diving.

      • lnc0gnito - Jun 7, 2011 at 6:07 PM

        Only loser I see is you you whiny lil ho, suck it up sister I see american teams laying out way nastier stuff, how quickly you forget. Go get a towel and go cry in the corner whinin lil loser.

  3. dreadpiratesteve - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Fair and correct. NHL got it right.

    • bobwsc - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:14 PM

      one for two. biting is still ok.

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:48 PM

        Murphy is the only one in North America who didn’t see the bite because he watched all the replays from the radio broadcast.

  4. sknut - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    The NHL nailed this one. I do wonder if the series goes less than 7 games does he have to sit out the remaining games next year? It only seems fair.

    • dreadpiratesteve - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:35 PM

      Yes he does. CBS reported that if the series ends early the remaining games will be served at the start of next season.

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:08 PM

        But 4 games??? There were worse hits during the season that were WAY more blindside and lateral than that one that got fewer games – regular season games. I think they overreacted. One game was enough to send a message. four games is ridiculous. He is not even a repeat offender.

        Kubina elbowed a guy in the head and only got 3 games. Chara got all but an apology for the 5 minute major on his hit.

        We’ll see how consistent they really are when the next one occurs.As much as I would like to see this mayhem stop it will happen again.

  5. chrismule - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Blindside or not, Rome left his feet to deliver a late blow direct to Horton’s head. He desrves to be suspended. The only injustice is that Rome is raplacable while Horton is not.

    • warpstonebc - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:37 PM

      Have you ever hit someone head on? When your connect your skates leave the ice! Rome is not guilty here of a targeted head hit, he is not guilty of a blindside hit, nor a hit where his feet leave the ice. He IS guilty for a late hit.

      Mike Murphy even calrifies this in his interview. This was purely for interference and injury.

      Horton’s injury is the result of his head cracking on the ice. Just like most open ice head injuries. The body impact on a hit like this is not what concusses you, it’s the fall from being taken off your feet.

      BTW, “leaving your feet” is not a factor in an interference call, nor was it here. Rome followed through. That happens in ice hockey. Leaving your feet is a big issue in charging because you’re actually leaping into a player. Rome’s hit was North/South.

      The punishment does not make any sense according to the rules of the game. Three out of the four games assessed to Rome are because of Mike Murphy’s nebulous interpretation of his rulebook as applied to this case.

      God help us, this is how bad it is even before you get into the ludicrous notion that Brian Burke actually was asked to consult on this case by an exec who is directly reporting the VP whose son plays for Bruins.

      This is bush league.

      • bahston - Jun 8, 2011 at 5:34 AM

        I have hit someone head on and been hit head on (thankful I have all my original teeth). One’s skates do leave the ground no doubt. However the issue for me, in addition to the agreed upon late hit, was the the trajectory of Rome’s body as the hit unfolded. As also agreed, a skater’s skates will leave the ice while delivering a hit of such force. Again however, Rome’s body was still uncoiling and it as it did so it was in the diagonal, not the straight up vertical that occurs in most checking situations. Head hunting, I’d like to think not of a guy with Rome’s reputation, but good people do bad things sometime. That hit was late and high. Not rolling around in the mud dirty but soiled none the less.

        For the record, I don’t believe the NHL should base it’s disciplinary decisions on the outcome of the play. The play (the hit) itself should have been the only issue under consideraton. The fact that Horton ended up in Mass. General should have played little or part in the decision nor should Horton’s place in the line-up. I understand why the NHL went for four games but I don’t agree with it. I expected and would have agreed with a fine, a two game suspension and a serious warning that this crap is over – for both teams.

        At times I’ve wanted to yell at the t.v., “Don’t you know you’re playing for The Stanley Cup (the coolest trophy in sports)?” Play hard, hit hard, but play with some respect. They’re in the frikkin’ finals. Neither team is acting like it.

  6. govtminion - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    It doesn’t bring back Horton, unfortunately, but at least Rome won’t be able to make a repeat performance on Bergeron or something like that. For once, it feels like the league may have actually done the right thing. Which means the world really IS going to end.

    • mrcowpatty - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:09 PM

      I think they should give Rome a raise. I think there should more head hunting, cheap shots and anything else that hurts hockey goons. What a bunch of idiots. All they want to do is fight.

      Now everyone give me a thumbs down, just like the cheap shot I say on ESPN’s replay.

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:50 PM

        All they do is fight??? When’s the last time you’ve watched hockey? I haven’t seen a good fight in months.

      • mgp1219 - Jun 7, 2011 at 5:08 PM

        why are you even in this discussion?

      • spiffy53 - Jun 7, 2011 at 6:44 PM

        mrcowpatty, please stick to your sporting strongsuits like figure skating and bowling. you obviously do not watch hockey. you are on the wrong forum.

  7. semnsportsfan - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Personally, I have no vested interest in either team…in fact I dislike both organizations and think both are dirty, nasty teams and have been for quite some time. I do, however, think that the 4 game suspension is fitting.

    From watching the video, Rome saw Horton wasn’t looking, lined him up, squared his shoulder to Horton’s jaw and unloaded, leaving his feet and driving his shoulder up and through Horton’s jaw. Whether rule 48 comes into play or not, leaving your feet to hit a player LATE is a violation of the rules, hitting said player in the head is further violation of the rules and should be punished.

    Horton doesn’t have the luxury of coming back to play in the rest of the Cup series (and judging by similar injuries suffered by my home state’s players (Pierre Marc Bouchard – Wild, Justin Morneau – Twins), it may be a long time before he steps back on the ice) neither should Rome.

    • bobwsc - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:16 PM

      rubbish. and you forgot the ‘e’ in your username, Mr. Semensportsfan.

      • semnsportsfan - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:22 PM

        LOL, funny…my 4 year old could have come up with a better zinger than that one… Just because you don’t have the sense to come up with a coherent and decent argument to support your position that this D-bag Rome should get away scott-free doesn’t mean you have to resort to namecalling and generall @sshattery.

      • semnsportsfan - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:24 PM

        LOL…nice try, my 4 year old could think up a better zinger than that one…Just because you don’t have the capacity to come up with an argument as to why this d-bag Rome should be slapped on the hand and let go scott-free doesn’t mean that you need to resort to name calling and general @sshattery…try using your brain to come up with an argument as to why I’m incorrect, rather than being a worthless homer!

  8. 8man - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    No way to compare this to the regular season. I don’t believe you can do any “call ups” and in this situation, every game counts and counts big.

    There has always been a school of thought that says if a player injures another player in an unsportsmanlike or cheap way, the first player should miss as much time as the player he injured does. Clearly not practical in all situations, but seems about right here.

    This is a clear warning to both teams. Time to play hockey and play it clean.

    • baminator - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:27 PM

      I totally agree with you 8man. “an eye for an eye”. Oh well….. if you hurt someone that ends their career then yours is over too!!

    • hystoracle - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:15 PM

      Actually you can still do call ups probably already did weeks ago – If the canucks are like most teams they probably called up a slew of guys from their AHL team early in the playoffs just in case it was needed. I know the Lightning called up like seven guys who were never going to see the ice just in case they were needed.

  9. ronjon77 - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Hockey used to be a man’s game. No helmets, no face shields and when fans got hit with the puck they just sewed them up. Where are the Hansens? Old time hockey – Coach?

    • govtminion - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:14 PM

      Certainly you’d have to agree that Horton’s concussion isn’t quite the same as a broken finger or cracked rib. There’s playing through pain, and there’s a major concussion like this.

      • bahston - Jun 8, 2011 at 5:48 AM

        I agree, these guys are padded almost as much as a line baker. However, they all 6’2 230 lbs. If Johnny Bucyk had taken that hit in the ’70’s, he’d likely be in long-term coma or more likely – dead. The game might have been suspended it’d take so long to clean up the blood soaked ice.

        It’s still a man’s game but I can’t help feeling it’s been somewhat diminished.

        Now get off of my lawn before I call the police on my rotary phone.

      • bahston - Jun 8, 2011 at 5:51 AM

        Oh yeah, I forgot. Blame Jacques Plante – pussy!

  10. Chris Ross - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    I just don’t think the Rome hit is as bad as everyone is making it out to be. The Torres hit, in my opinion, was much worse than this one because of the obvious intent to injure and the fact that Torres went for Seabrook’s head. Everyone’s opinion, including the league who handed down the decision, is swayed because Horton was lying on the ice for so long. He was severely hurt, which is something you never want to see, but it shouldn’t take way from what the hit actually was. 4 games once again shows the inconsistency with which the NHL wants to govern its league and there are no precedents ever set because each penalty given out is so different than the previous no matter the degree of similarity among them.

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/significant-injury/

    • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:25 PM

      Torres is quickly catching up to Cooke as the dirtiest player in the League. Between the Seabrook hit and the way he lined up Thornton, he may be on the verge of surpassing Mr.Cooke.

  11. theoldie - Jun 7, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Boston should get to pick a first line Canucks player who should have to sit out as long as Horton has to. Like a Sedin.

    That would be the only fair and equitable outcome of Rome’s actions.

  12. emperorzero - Jun 7, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    I’m neither a Bruins or Canucks fan, but it kills me to hear Canuck fans complain about Rome being suspended when they’ve already had a player get away with biting. I love Austrailian Rules Football as much as the next guy, but this is hockey – a civilized sport.

  13. threechordmonte - Jun 7, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Until the NHL institutes a game misconduct for fighting, they are not serious about protecting the NHLPA from injury due to intentional hits to the head. Handing Rome four games is not a tough decision for NHL brass. Pulling the plug on fighting, the base intent-to-injure form of sideshow entertainment so coveted by NHL dinosaurs of all stripes, would be a tough decision. This noise about protecting players from each other is nothing more than hooey, particularly as Mike “I didn’t get convicted of assaulting any fans” Milbury remains the television voice of NHL morality.

  14. tommytd - Jun 7, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    GOOD. I sincerely hope it costs those knuckleheads the series.

  15. tonybuck - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Anybody who actually gets into this criminal behavior is as sick as Aaron Rome!!! This goes way beyond the ice arena. This case belongs before a judge. The NHL is a blood sport. The league owners condone this activity and love it. Theres no other reason or excuse. I hope your kids enjoyed watching a man suffer brain damage at the hands of a coward. Big men. No. Sick men

  16. ccslick - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    No wonder Canucks have never won cup. They have the more dominate team more speed more skill better special teams yet they are the ones biting making questionabe hits, firing up the Bruins. To quote Lombardi ” What the hell is going on around here” they are the ones that stared this foolishness. If I am Canucks coach I would hve suspended that idiot myself and told his players to just play hockey

  17. canuckdude82 - Jun 8, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    As a Canucks fan I know someone will complain I “dared” to post but wtf I’m a big boy. Rome deserves to sit as it was a late hit and whether the injury came from the actual hit or from when he hit the ice is irrelevant. most hockey fans agree that if you injure someone you should be suspended and maybe if they start doing it consistently teams will pay attention and this crap will stop. I hope Horton recovers before next season as I would hate to see this have a long term effect on his career. Now on another note, I still hope my team beats yours :)

  18. pilot206 - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    “If the hit hadn’t been late it would have been a legal hit” Mike Murphy

    The NHL has chosen this time to make an example of Rome and how they are supposedly dealing with players delivering these dangerous hits.There have been at least 15 hits in the 2011 playoffs that should have resulted in similar suspensions. If not more severe than Rome’s 4 game suspension as there was clear intent to hurt the opposing player with blind side hits. The only difference is because the guy got up the refs turned a blind eye.

    As I said, the NHL is to blame for this. They should have sent this message from day one of 2011 season and not waffled so embarrassingly throughout the season. Is it any wonder that things have gotten to this state.

    Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final was an officiating joke. It was something you’d expect to see watching a junior league game. As a hockey fan, the game was embarrassing to watch . The players have lost all respect for the officials because their calls are inconsistent and arbitrary. One hack is a penalty the other is not.

    Until the NHL and the officials figure out the NEW standard of what is acceptable and what is not ; and stick to it. The NHL will continue to be the laughing stock of pro sports.

  19. zinck99 - Jun 8, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    The hit was clean, but late and I think he didn’t have to hit him due to the fact he didn’t have the puck on his stick. Now if he had the puck on his stick would Rome still be suspended. I say yes because the NHL wants a pussy league.

  20. mikeinindy - Jun 8, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    The hit was dirty, and the canucks are thrilled to trade Rome for Horton. Of course, Horton shouldn’t have been playing now. If the NHL would have done their job and suspended him and Lucic for their sucker punches, the Bruins would be done. Sad to say (would’ve rather seen him suspended than hurt), but what goes around, comes around. Maybe one dirty play was rewarded in kind.

    • canuckdude82 - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      The suspension was for the lateness of the hit.

      MIKE MURPHY: Yes. The lateness combined with the injury.

      Q. Without speculating too much, had that hit occurred quicker, a split second after he released it, would that hit have been deemed legal under Rule 48?

      MIKE MURPHY: This has nothing to do with Rule 48. This is just an interference penalty, an interference hit. If it was immediate after he released the puck, it would be a legal hit. We have them all the time.

      • mgp1219 - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM

        BUT IT WAS LATE. That’s the point. And first point of contact was shoulder to head. (I know, no rule 48…) Rome had Horton lined up and could see that he had passed the puck. Intentional, late hit. He deserves the suspension. Can’t wait until next season when these two teams play during the regular season, and i believe it will be more than just one game. Perhaps the Bruins can bring up a journeyman from Providence to take out one of the Seidn sisters and then we can listen to the sirens wailing from the Vancouver police rushing to the stadium due to all the 911 calls. Oh wait, that was Montreal, but it’s getting difficult to tell the difference.

      • hystoracle - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:26 PM

        His head bouncing off the crappy Boston ice didn’t help. Horton definitely absorbed most of the blow from the hit because he wasn’t prepared for it.

        What is with the Ice in Boston? It sucks. This is an Original 6 team they have had a long time to figure out how to improve the ice. Five minutes into a period and the puck is already sticking. That slows down the play a lot and kills the creativity. They have better ice in warmer climates. Buy a better ice machine and tape up the door ways – do something. It was 90+ with 90% humidity the first of April in Tampa and we had better ice than Boston. And we have only been at this for 18 years.

  21. wheresdapuck - Jun 8, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    It was a great open ice hit. Worse case scenario 2 minutes for roughing. Suspension: no way. Is this hockey or is this ballet?

  22. derpdederpdederp - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    if horton didnt go off on a stretcher this would have been a 2 min penalty. suspending players based on whether or not they injure an opponent makes no sense

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