Sports department for the student run radio station 90.3 WRST at UW-Oshkosh
Fighting is a big part of the NHL. Many players make their living just to duke it out with opposing teams that may target star players, with their five minute major penalties for fighting being their badges of honor. Boston Bruins guard Shawn Thornton is one of those players, but crossed the line on Friday and committed a shameful act on the ice.
The Boston Bruins were taking on one of their biggest rivals in the Pittsburgh Penguins when thing got ugly. The had not been going on for long as there was 11:06 left in the first period when Thornton committed his act which makes the incident even more befuddling. Thornton tripped Pittsburgh Penguin Brooks Orpik to the ice and then proceeded to give the defenseless Orpik two hard punches to the head. Orpik would leave the game on a stretcher and will miss the rest of the 2013-14season due to a concussion he sustained on the hit.
As for Thornton, he will be meeting with the NHL’s department of player safety Friday in New York. Thornton was assed a match penalty for his act on Friday and will not be performing with the team until his hearing his heard. There is no doubt Thornton will be receiving a suspended, but the question is for how long. This is an unprecedented situation that is going on with an act this vile to a player and to make things even more interesting, Thornton has never been suspended in his 10 season in the NHL.
There is no doubt Brendan Shannahan will need to send a message so that an act like this doesn’t occur again. The only similar situation to this could be the Ron Artest situation in 2004 at the Palace at Auburn Hills when the Indiana Pacers took on the Detroit Pistons in 2005. Artest went into the stands and punched a fan and would receive a suspension for the rest of the season with over 60 games remaining in the season.
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The one and done rule involving NCAA and NBA basketball may soon be coming to an end. The rule currently disallows players from high school to go directly to the NBA. You have to have been out of high school for at least one year or over the age of 19 in order to enter the NBA Draft.
The rule that was implemented in 2005 may be going away soon as the president of the NCAA Mark Emmert had some very unexpected comments on the rule. In a press conference on Wednesday, Emmert told reporters about the issue “it’s illogical to force people to go to college when they want to go somewhere else.” He would build off that comment, adding “if they can, go (pro out of HS). I don’t see that as a harmful issue.”
Successful NBA players that went straight from high school to the NBA before the rule was implemented include LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady, and Jermaine O’Neill.
– Greg Peterson