Bruins' Thornton suspended 15 games
Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was suspended 15 games for attacking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik during their game on Dec. 7, the NHL announced Saturday.
Thornton, who will forfeit $84,615.45 in salary from the suspension, missed the Bruins' last three games while waiting for Friday's in-person hearing with the NHL in New York. By rule, he was forced to sit out because he was assessed a match penalty. It is Thornton's first suspension.
Thornton grabbed Orpik from behind at the 11:06 mark of the first period and punched him in the head two times. Orpik left the game on a stretcher with a concussion and was taken to a hospital.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Orpik skated lightly on Friday during practice but still has concussion symptoms. He is on injured reserve.