By Mike Harrington
Merry Christmas Eve from Gary Bettman to Shawn Thornton: The NHL commissioner has upheld the 15-game suspension to the Boston tough guy for his Dec. 7 attack on Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik.
You can go to this link to peruse Bettman's entire 12-page ruling and it makes for some interesting reading. My biggest take from it comes from pages 9-10-11 -- Bettman says Thornton's clean record saves him from an even longer suspension, and not the 10-12-game ban the players union was seeking.
Among other plays, Bettman compared the ugly incident to Dale Hunter's 21-game suspension in 1993 and the 18-month bad Todd Bertuzzi got for attacking Steve Moore in 2004. Thornton, if he wishes, has one week to appeal Bettman's ruling to a neutral arbitrator.
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