VIDEO: Thornton and Neal Both Likely To Be Suspended … Thornton Has In-Person Hearing


In-person hearing for Thornton.

Joe Haggerty: Thornton after the game: “It was definitely awful. Its not what you want to see. Its not what anybody wants to see. I’ve felt sick all gm”

Matthew Scianitti: Thornton a couple weeks ago: “If you’re one of those guys that suckers someone when they’re down…that will come back and bite you at some point.”

How many games to you think each player should get?

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  1. #1 by Finn85 at December 8th, 2013

    Some players seem to take hockey way too seriously at the expense of other players safety.

  2. #2 by Tom at December 8th, 2013

    Thornton 10games, Neal should get 5-7 will probably get 1-2. I’d give him more because he;s lieing about the incident. His comments are the total opposite of what he did on the ice. He skated toward Marchand and leaned his knee into his head. That’s intent!!

  3. #3 by joefergs at December 8th, 2013

    both should get the same amount of games. i say 10 plus… disgusting

  4. #4 by islesfan93 at December 8th, 2013

    neal may not get to much time being that hes a penguin…

  5. #5 by Leaf_Fan at December 8th, 2013

    we dont need this shit

  6. #6 by leafsfan (905) 420 at December 8th, 2013

    Lmao when did this turn into girls hockey , oprik just wants some vacation time , for real two jabs at the head and he’s “un conscious” some ones been playing with sid for to long

  7. #7 by jasonicus at December 8th, 2013

    leafsfan, you are a retard.

    Thornton should get a lengthy one. Should be at least 20 games. It was battery, not the code. He’s a piece of garbage.

  8. #8 by CapsFan at December 8th, 2013

    Thornton should get no less than 15 games. Neal will end up with 3-5. Based on extent of injury to other player involved and past history of offenses.

  9. #9 by c w stout at December 8th, 2013

    The league has a major image problem. Fighting is one thing,–goons and thugs like Thornton, Bertuzzi, Raffi Torres, et al., permanently tattoo the game with
    the indelible image of gratuitous violence as well as ending elite athlete’s careers. Thornton performed an outright mugging, cowardly as it was to pull Orpik down to the ice from behind, it was criminal to flail away at a player’s head when he is down. After this disgusting, horrific display, all the analysts on the NHL network are falling all over themselves in mock outrage, most of them prefacing their observations with assurances that they like Scott Thornton, or that he is a “good guy”.
    I suppose there are those that would say Charles Manson is a good guy. One commentator, obviously working for the Bruins reasoned had Orpik fought Thornton earlier, this incident would not have happened. Blaming the victim is a form of pathological thinking well documented by social psychologists, and Mr. Brickley, that is bizarre logic. Does the league want to appeal to families and developing youth, or does it want to appeal to the roller-derby crowd, whose blood lust is insatiable. Who do the fans come out to see: Joe Sakic, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, or Scott Thornton, Todd Bertuzzi, and Niklas Kronwall?

  10. #10 by reilly0389 at December 8th, 2013

    Listen, the punches Thornton threw were 10 inch short jabs with his gloves on. 2-3 games Max. Neal skated on purpose into the head of Marchand. 2-3 games Max. If Marchand was knocked out would that be assault you baby back bitches on here. Either grow a spine, watch another sport, or just turn the TV off. I’m sick of the pussification of the NHL.

  11. #11 by islesfan93 at December 8th, 2013

    Unless you saw a different game “reilly0389″.

    Thornton left the bench to engage; this is an automatic 10 game suspension.

  12. #12 by hotwings at December 8th, 2013

    hopefully thornton gets 10+ and neal 5+… idiotic plays… i think they need to be a little extra firmer in the discipline in this situation, as the NHL needs to protect its image here..

  13. #13 by BallsMahoney81 at December 8th, 2013

    O’reilly = are you familiar with what an oxymoron (go ahead, look it up) – anyway what you state about spines and lower regions was exactly what thornton lacked in that situation – premeditation is support foir guilt. I am all for physical play, not idiotic senseless BS that unfolded in Boston.

  14. #14 by Diane at December 9th, 2013

    Hornton was on the ice. Someone needs to watch the replay.

  15. #15 by Shane at December 9th, 2013

    c w stout – You are an idiot. The player’s name is Shawn Thornton and he’s never been suspended before because he is a “good guy.” He made a dumb mistake and will pay for it.

  16. #16 by Fran at December 10th, 2013

    5 games, tops. First off, he was not cowardly, he faced up to Orpik and he turtled. He was a tough guy hitting a guy with his head down. Watch the video again and take a look at the punches he threw…… there was nothing behind them. Tell me that when a hockey player gets in a fist fight he doesn’t get hit ten times harder. I don’t really believe he has a concussion.

    The NHL should look to the NFL rules about hitting a defenseless player. I know this would be tough to police and they try to with the launching and leaving your skates. Open ice hits are exciting, but they are the biggest cause of concussions. The problem is that the players don’t respect each other or the game. Fighting polices the game and maybe Orpik will think twice about nailing someone with their head down.

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