• SHARE:
  • email
  • Bookmark and Share

Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton banned for 15 games for attack on Orpik

Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton argues a call, Nov. 7, 2013, in Boston. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Charles Krupa

Zoom Image

Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton argues a call, Nov. 7, 2013, in Boston. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Charles Krupa

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton has been suspended 15 games for his attack on Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik.

The ban was handed down after an in-person disciplinary hearing Friday with NHL officials.

Thornton hasn't played since last Saturday when he was assessed a match penalty during Boston's 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden.

Thornton went after Orpik during a stoppage in play, slew-footing him to the ice and punching him twice in the head.

Orpik suffered a concussion and was taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to the hospital.

"I can't say I'm sorry enough," a repentant Thornton said after the game.

Orpik is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms and took part in a light skating session for the first time Friday.

Orpik had knocked Boston's Loui Eriksson out of the game earlier with a hit that went unpenalized. The Penguins blue-liner subsequently declined to fight Thornton.

Pens forward James Neal was suspended for five games earlier this week for kneeing Brad Marchand in the head during the same game.

Thornton, a first-time offender, has already missed games against Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.

The 36-year-old from Oshawa, Ont., has three goals and 41 penalty minutes in 27 games this season.

More Stories

Boston Bruins already eyeing redemption for Stanley Cup playoff shortcomings in the spring

WILMINGTON, Mass. - The Boston Bruins conducted their first on-ice training camp practices for...

Bruins have some lineup questions entering training camp

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins have some lineup questions entering training camp after a...

'Miracle on Ice' player Bob Suter dies of apparent heart attack at age 57

MADISON, Wis. - Bob Suter, a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic "Miracle On Ice" hockey team, has...

Bruins and C David Krejci sign 6-year contract extension worth $43.5 million

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins signed centre David Krejci to a six-year, $43.5 million contract...
blog comments powered by Disqus

THN on Twitter

Will the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen agree on a contract before the start of the regular season?




Contests

Our Partners