Brendan Shanahan will be a busy man this week, with hearings for several incidents that occurred over the weekend. While he’ll take care of most of his suspension business via telephone, Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton will have an in-person appearance with the league’s disciplinarian.
That means that the NHL can level Thornton with a suspension that exceeds five games, which wouldn’t be at all surprising given the brashness of the 36-year-old’s actions on Saturday night.
NHL discipline docket: James Neal phone hearing today; Dion Phaneuf phone hearing Tuesday; Shawn Thornton in person hearing TBD.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 9, 2013
No time has been set for the hearing, but Amalie Benjamin of The Boston Globe reported the following:
Shawn Thornton’s hearing, which is in person, is unlikely to occur until later in the week. Thornton is suspended indefinitely, and is not on this road trip with the Bruins.
While there’s no question that Thornton’s actions were way out of line, he should get at least a little credit for manning up after the contest and answering questions about the incident. He appeared to be near tears during the interview and was showing a great deal of remorse, which is more than can be said about guys like John Scott.
That doesn’t make what he did excusable by any means, but it is mildly refreshing to see someone actually take ownership of their mistakes instead of taking refuge behind “the code.”