Bettman upholds Thornton's long suspension

  • Article by: JEFF Z. KLEIN , New York Times News Service
  • Updated: December 24, 2013 - 11:11 PM

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman rejected a players' association appeal of Bruins forward Shawn Thornton's 15-game suspension.

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rjr2205Dec. 25, 1310:41 AM

I agee that the NHL needs to hand out very severe penalties/fines & suspensions for obvious deliberate and dangerous actions that show intentent to injure!! Yet Kahdri got a 2 game suspension for his deliberate and dangerous hit on Grandland!! I've said before that in such cases there should be a minimum suspension of 10-15 games (no pay) and if the injured party is out longer or their curreer is over, the perp experiences the same!! Right to appeal should be per union ageement. Once the players know this for real, watch the cheap/intent to injure hits fall off to zero!! Love hockey, hate the Thornton hit, the Henry Busche assualt, the Kahdri dirty hit, etc!!!

minneg56Dec. 25, 1311:54 AM

I certainly understand and have loved hockey since I first saw it late 50's early 60's. It has had it's moments of unecessary and seneseless brutality as far back as I can remember too. Having seen replays of the attack, why and who could possible debate a 15 game suspension for Thornton's idiocy? 15 GAMES IS NOTHNG! If this act were to have taken place in 'decent society' Thornton would have been given 36 months - not 15 games!

caferevDec. 25, 1312:26 PM

This was a good decision by Bettman. They got it right.

passedballDec. 25, 1312:54 PM

Actually, Kahdri got no suspension for his hit on Granlund. The two games were for his illegal hit on Backstrom.

clinto1054Dec. 26, 1310:31 AM

Even with a 15 game suspension, a half decent lawyer could pursue this criminally. To contest the suspension is ludicrous. If he has long term affects from this injury then this should/could have legal implications.

tntbabs1Dec. 26, 1312:40 PM

I still say an eye for an eye. The player should be suspended for the same amount of time that the injured are out. Then, if the case mitigates, suspension on top of that depending on severity. That will stop these clowns from intentionally performing these goon stunts.

jabuyerDec. 27, 1312:13 PM

Thornton got fewer games than Todd Bertuzzi for a similar cheapshot. So much for the NHL cracking down on stuff like this. And NHLPA, since you are so interested in defending the rights of a thug like Thornton, does Orpik get his dues refunded at least, because I don't see anyone defending him.

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