Shawn Thornton Will Not Appeal Suspension Via Outside Arbitration, Says He Doesn’t Want to Be ‘Distraction’


Shawn Thornton is focused on his return to the ice.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman upheld Thornton’s 15-game suspension after the Boston Bruins forward initially appealed it, and Thornton has accepted that ruling and is moving forward. Thornton said Tuesday that he “didn’t want to be a distraction” to his team by dragging the saga out, per NESN’s Jamie Erdahl.

The NHL suspended Thornton for 15 games “for punching and injuring an unsuspecting opponent, Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins,” during a Dec. 7 game in Boston, according to

Thornton will be able to return Jan. 11 against the San Jose Sharks.

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