VANCOUVER — Shawn Thornton finally had his in-person hearing with Brendan Shanahan and the NHL Player Safety Department Friday in New York. But Shanahan, the league’s senior vice president for player safety, decided to take some additional time to think over the decision, which will come down Saturday.
Saturday marks one week since Thornton slew-footed Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik and punched him while he was on the ice. The attack was in response to Orpik’s hit on the Bruins’ Loui Eriksson, which took him out of the game just 21 seconds after it began. Orpik was removed from the ice on a stretcher after losing consciousness, went to the hospital, and was placed on injured reserve with a concussion.