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Aaron Rome doesn’t understand why he was suspended four games for hit on Nathan Horton

Jun 12, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

Aaron Rome, Nathan Horton AP

If you were to conduct an informal study of all the players who were suspended for questionable hits, it might be safe to say that 99 percent of them were left incredulous by the league’s decisions. In some cases, they have a point regarding the NHL’s seemingly random policies toward discipline. Yet it seems like they come across as insensitive and selfish just as often.

A lot of people will probably have that reaction to Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome‘s objections to the league’s four-game suspension for his hit on Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton.

In his first round of comments about the incident, Rome said he “wouldn’t change much” about the check he delivered. Rome called the league’s suspension criteria “arbitrary” and complained about getting punished for a hit that was “barely illegal.” He also said that he sent an unanswered text to Horton, but understood why the Bruins forward elected not to respond.

While both teams are rough-and-tumble bunches, it seems like the Canucks are losing favor with a lot of casual fans because of their antics. Whether it’s Roberto Luongo’s comments about Tim Thomas, extensive accusations of diving or Rome’s not-so-shocking criticisms of the official decision, the Canucks continue to come up as the villains in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.

Of course, with one more win, the “bad guys” could take it all.

  1. shaqattaqer - Jun 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Luongo’s comments are currently the most overblown story ever. Jeez, everyone couldn’t be more sensitive. Sometimes it’s fun to hear trash talking, even amongst guys who are supposed to be part of a sports “fraternity”. And this doesn’t even qualify as trash talking.

    I didn’t agree with the length of Rome’s suspension, but really he shouldn’t publicly complain about it. I don’t agree with the length, but I understand it, at least.

    The diving – both teams have done that. At least Stu Hackel pointed it out from the Boston side… i haven’t seen another site do that.

  2. chadyola78 - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Boston, Bettman, Media, Refs, you can’t stop us now! Vancouver get ready!!!!!

  3. habsman - Jun 12, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Rome is right.

    If it wasn’t for Colie Campbell, the Bruins wouldn’t have made it past round one. Chara, Lucic, Ference (twice), Horton all should have been suspended at some point over the past two months. But Gregory Campbell had daddy looking out for him and the dirty play of the Bruins. Didn’t anyone think it was a bit curious that Old Colie stepped down before the finals? Just a coincidence right? The NHL head office is cesspool of nepotism. Did Rome deserve to be susspended? Yes, but so did the sucker punching thugs from Boston, and they weren’t.

    • cannonblast14 - Jun 12, 2011 at 10:28 PM

      Goddamn you so stupid. Campbell has nothing to do with anything that has to do with Boston. Get it through your tiny canadian head.

      • habsman - Jun 12, 2011 at 11:06 PM

        Are you really that naive cannonblast? Really? Do you still believe in the Easter Bunny as well? Daddy Colie has been in charge of discipline for the past 8 years. He should have resigned the day little Greg made an NHL roster. His right hand man (Lackie) Mike Murphy was following his orders. That is obvious to everyone. But you dont see any conflict there? Not even a perception of a conflict? The timing of him stepping down with a week to go in the season is just a coincidence right? OK what ever you say big head.

    • Ralphie - Jun 13, 2011 at 8:41 AM

      Got a little sand there in your vagina Canadiens fan? Getting dispatched in game 7 OT must have really sucked in Montreal, especially after your arrogant fan base was crowing that you would sweep Boston after winning games 1 and 2 in Boston. Have a fun summer.

      • habsman - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:37 PM

        Please stop dreaming about guys with vaginas. Yes I’m enjoying my summer. It will be no different than you. I just got an earlier start.

    • mgp1219 - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM

      Really? Then why didn’t the Florida panthers win the cup the last 4 years?

  4. hockeyisourgame23 - Jun 12, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Well said Habs man…..when I spend next Friday or Saturday downtown Vancouver watching the cup parade, enroute to Stanley Park, where the cup’s namesake statue is, these amazingly dumb American comments will be but a faded memory. I am curious too as to how many Bostonians even have a clue where British Columbia even is…..

    • Ralphie - Jun 13, 2011 at 8:44 AM

      I know where BC is, I wipe it every time I evacuate.

    • cannonblast14 - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      Thats fine if you win the cup. I dont care honestly. Your just making a bad name for Canadians by being stupid. I though Canadians were supposed to know hockey.

      • wheresdapuck - Jun 13, 2011 at 3:22 PM

        “I though Canadians were supposed to know hockey”.

        May be I “thought” becuase it is difficult for you to THINK!

    • mgp1219 - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:12 PM

      BC? Isn’t that Boston College, where your best goaltender went to school?

  5. wheresdapuck - Jun 13, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    The NHL made an example out of Rome – it was the wrong time to make a statement! The open ice check was good and Rome should have been called for roughing at worst – some say interface. Suspension was out of line!

    If Rome had made that check on Ovechken or Stamkos, they would have got up and kept playing!

    • cannonblast14 - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:33 PM

      “If Rome had made that check on Ovechken or Stamkos, they would have got up and kept playing!” WHAT haha. Because Ovechkin and Stamkos can control a major concussion because they are too of the best? I dont get it. There was nothing Horton could do.
      Is this guy Canadian too?

      • jensen2401 - Jun 13, 2011 at 2:21 PM

        Yes, Horton is Canadian.

    • savoirlaire - Jun 13, 2011 at 2:22 PM

      Hey wheresdabrain–you’re a f—-ing idiot! A good open ice check? Yeah, you’ll get a lot of agreement on that one, moron…

      Or maybe you’re right and they should have just called–interface. Why don’t you quit beating off to pictures of Ovechkin and Stamkos and interface with a brain?

      • habsman - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:28 PM

        Hey savoir, what did I tell you about the name calling? If you keep it up, you’ll be grounded! Now go clean up your room and study for that big grade 6 math test.

  6. myopinionisrighterthanyours - Jun 13, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Let’s see Rome. Let’s start with leaving your feet which was completely unnecessary. Or, how bout checking a guy that had gotten rid of the puck WELL beforehand. But to those saying what could have Horton done??? How about paying attention and looking up ice instead of at the sideboards admiring his pass for 3 seconds???? And to those Canucks fans who do not think it was a late hit, consider this. If the hit was not late, then Lucic would have been offsides.

  7. homelanddefense - Jun 14, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    not to mention it was Rome’s second game misconduct which is an automatic suspension anyway……

  8. mornelithe - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Well Mr Rome, you’ll have 4 games and an offseason to figure it out on your own. I know you can do it.

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