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Thornton’s hearing set for Friday

Shawn Thornton

Boston Bruins’ Shawn Thornton pauses as he speaks to reporters in the team’s dressing room in the TD Garden in Boston, Mass., Saturday, June 11, 2011. The Bruins are scheduled to play the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup hockey finals on Monday in Boston; Vancouver leads the series 3-2. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)


From TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

Thornton was offered the in-person hearing in accordance with the CBA, as it’s likely the suspension for his altercation with Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik will exceed five games.

From, a recap of what happened Saturday in Boston, and what Thornton is facing discipline-wise:

At 11:06 of the first period, Thornton confronted Orpik in a scrum, pulling him to the ice and throwing punches. Orpik was removed from the ice on a stretcher. The Penguins announced after the game he would travel with the team back to Pittsburgh; he had been taken to a local hospital, where he was alert and conscious.

Thornton was assessed a match penalty on the play.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: rule 46.2, aggressor and rule 46.15, match penalty.

For now, Thornton is suspended indefinitely. The Bruins play Tuesday in Calgary, Thursday in Edmonton, and Saturday in Vancouver (their first game at Rogers Arena since winning the 2011 Stanley Cup there) before returning home to face the Flames on Dec. 17.