Oct 14, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton (22) skates with the puck during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Bruins' Shawn Thornton suspended 15 games for Brooks Orpik incident

Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has been awaiting his suspension, since the attack on Pittsburgh Penguins defender Brooks Orpik that left Orpik unconscious. Orpik was taken off of the ice on a stretcher and many were calling for the NHL to come down heavy on Thornton.

It appears that they did just that.

After meeting with the NHL Department of Player Safety, Thornton has learned that his suspension will be 15 games. The news comes from Darren Dreger of TSN.

It is the second longest suspension in the league since Brendan Shanahan has taken over as the head of the league’s player safety department.

There are very few details available at this time, so we do not know if the previous games that Thornton has missed as a result of the pending announcement of his punishment will count towards the suspension, but we should have more information once the league makes an official announcement on the matter.

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