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 appeals suspension

Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins has officially appealed his 15-game suspension, handed down by the NHL. According to ESPN,

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.”

Do you think Thornton’s appeal will be approved or denied? Will his suspension get reduced, or will it stay at the 15-game mark? Sound off in the comment section below.

Tags: Boston Bruins NHL Shawn Thornton

  • Darrel

    I believe his suspension will remain at 15 games , The only recent incident I recall that is close to the same , is Todd Bertuzzi/Steve Moore . The only differences at the time of the suspensions was the result to the injured players . Let’s review both incidents .Steve Moore delivered a clean but non penalized hit , so did Orpik . Those hits infuriated Bertuzzi and Thornton . Both Bertuzzi and Thornton skated a long way to extract revenge . Thornton then slew footed (which should be a 3-5 game automatic suspension , deliberate attempt to injure) Orpik . Bertuzzi and Thornton both jumped the victims from behind . Bertuzzi got 20+ games and playoffs , so Thornton’s suspension is about right . At the time of the suspensions no one knew what the outcome of the injured players was going to be . The players (Bertuzzi and Thornton) were suspended for their actions , namely , hunting the player , jumping him from behind , causing both the injured players to be taken from the ice on a stretcher .