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Bruins’ Thornton won’t launch second appeal of 15-game suspension

Dec 31, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

Shawn Thornton AP

Boston Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton will not go through with a second appeal of his 15-game suspension, as per Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe.

Thornton had an appeal hearing with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman earlier this month following his lengthy ban for an attack on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, but the 15-game punishment was upheld just prior to Christmas.

Thornton had the option of a second appeal through an independent arbitrator.

As per Joe Haggerty of, Thornton believes he could’ve gotten perhaps a game or two taken off the suspension, but “didn’t want to become a distraction to team.”

“I know I made a mistake and I crossed the line. But there were a lot of circumstances leading up to it. It won’t define me,” said Thornton on Tuesday.

He continued: “I’m still not happy w/amount of games I got, but I respect the decision. I’d rather just move on mentally.”

On Dec. 7, in a game between the Bruins and Penguins, Thornton grabbed Orpik from behind during a scrum, brought him to the ice and delivered two punches to Orpik while he was down.

Orpik was stretchered off the ice, and suffered a concussion. He has since been taken off injured reserve, playing on Dec. 27 against the Carolina Hurricanes and Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Earlier in the game, Orpik delivered a thunderous hit on Bruins’ forward Loui Eriksson, who left the game and suffered a concussion on the play.

The NHL Department of Player Safety handed Thornton a 15-game suspension for his incident with Orpik – a controversial decision with those in the Bruins organization.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    I’m just looking forward to seeing Thornton play again. I think that will be on January 11th.

  2. skr213 - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    First good decision he’s made in this whole episode.

  3. lowenni - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Right thing to do. At this point it’ll take more games off to appeal as opposed to just finishing the suspension.

  4. kingcobraman - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    just do your time for your stupid crime … and as being a decent man I believe he learned his lesson …

  5. greenmtnboy31 - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    I would say this is encouraging on some level, since he may not be the complete idiot that he looks like; looks are deceiving.

  6. buysamadrink - Dec 31, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Right decision, wrong time. Should’ve decided this a week and a half ago.

  7. c9castine - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    not trying to make a big deal about it but I’ve always been taught to own up to you actions, right or wrong, and with no stipulations. none of that “well this happened before hand to make me do it or this guy did that”.

    you were wrong, period. say it, flat out. and now get on with it.

  8. nhstateline - Jan 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    I can see why the PA didn’t want to try with this case. It’s out of the ordinary for the game. Thus, it might not establish the precedent that they would be hoping to get. They have a few years to find a perfect one given that this is a ten year CBA. As for Mr. Thornton, I had no problem with the 15 games. His actions were wrong. Quibble about a game or two but there’s no way he should have done what he did and that point needed to be made as it has been.

  9. gallyhatch - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    I have absolutely no problem with him appealing and trying to recoup a few games’ worth of his salary. I don’t think it has anything to do with how sorry he is, the fact is he has kids at home.

    I can’t imagine that anyone posting on this thread, faced with the prospect of losing over 18% of their salary would likely do any different. I know. . . . ‘do the crime do the time’, ‘he shouldn’t have done it’ blah blah blah. That doesn’t change the fact that this may be his last contract, and that’s a lot of money for anyone to lose, let alone a guy trying to raise a family.

    Anyone who has watched Thornton as a player knows what he is about, and this is the first incident he’s acted like a true goon. I was interested to see the next level of arbitration, and how it would all pan out, but like nhstateline said, the PA probably wants nothing to do with this one at the next level.

    At the end of the day, he deserves a hefty suspension for this incident, and I’m looking forward to him getting back on the ice and everyone putting this ugly game and ugly incident behind them.

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