The next step for Thornton will be an appeal hearing with commissioner Gary Bettman at a date still to be determined, followed by Bettman’s decision. If the suspension remains six or more games even after Bettman’s decision, Thornton can then appeal to an independent arbitrator.
The Bruins have shown support for Thornton over these last few days, and after Monday’s practice, Patrice Begeron spoke about his teammate.
“It’s about trying to be there for him. Obviously, he’s a friend and a teammate,” Bergeron said. “He obviously regrets what happened and would probably like to take that moment back, but that being said, he’s living with the consequences and we all need to do that, also, and respect the league’s decision.”
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