The Shawn Thornton decision came down on Saturday afternoon, and the Bruins expectedly weren’t too happy about it. Bruins President Cam Neely said the 15-game suspension handed down from the Department of Player Safety to Thornton – the longest sentence given to a player in the regular season during Brendan Shanahan’s tenure as the NHL’s sheriff – was “a little harsh”, and it sounded like Thornton might explore the NHL’s new appeal process. The Bruins enforcer’s only public comment was that he’s consulting with the NHLPA, his own lawyers and the Bruins about the next step. "I am aware of today's ruling by the NHL Department of Player Safety,” said Thornton. “I will be consulting with the Bruins, my representation and the NHLPA about next steps, and will be in a position to address the matter publicly after speaking with those parties. Until then I will have no further comment." Thornton was given the 15-game suspension for “punching an unsuspecting opponent, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, and causing a serious injury” in last weekend’s win over the Penguins at TD Garden. Shanahan indicated that Thornton’s actions were a non-hockey play that appeared to be seeing “retribution” for Orpik’s earlier hit on Loui Eriksson, but – as it should have -- the 15-game suspension did come well short of the longer hockey sentences handed out to Marty McSorley and Todd Bertuzzi in what’s considered two of the most heinous NHL acts committed on ice.
Thornton likely to exhaust all appeal options
NBC Sports Boston | Dec 15