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Answering questions in Rome suspension

Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:09 pm
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome was suspended four games for his collision with Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.’s A.J. Perez runs down exactly why the league decided to impose the record punishment announced on Tuesday.

Q: How close was Rome’s hit to being legal?

A: A few fractions of a second. The suspension was for interference, not the rule that was adopted last season to punish blindside hits to the head. “If it was immediate after he released the puck, it would be a legal hit,” Mike Murphy, the NHL’s senior VP of hockey operations, told reporters. 

Q: Did the fact that Horton had a severe concussion and is lost for the rest of the playoffs enter into the decision?

A: Murphy said that the fact that Horotn was injured did play a role. “We review the medical report,” Murphy said. “I spoke with the medical people in Boston this morning. It doesn't look good for Nathan right now to come back and play in this series. The play speaks for itself.”

Q: How many games would Rome get if this occurred in the regular season?

A: Murphy said there’s not set formula, but it would certainly be more. Even though Rome is considered a first-time offender under league rules, he may have seen double the ban in the regular season.

Q: Who did Murphy consult with before making the decision?

Murphy said he spoke with numerous people, including Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke. Burke was in charge of supplemental discipline from 1993 to 1998 before Colin Campbell took over. Brendan Shanahan, who will be in charge of league discipline next season, was also consulted. The one person that Murphy said he couldn’t talk to was Campbell, who has recused himself since his son, Gregory, plays for the Bruins.

What was Rome’s defense in Tuesday’s hearing?

A: Murphy refused to go into much details, but he said Rome felt it was “a hockey play that went bad.” He added that Rome was “apologetic and contrite.”

Q: What happens if the series is wrapped up in less than seven games?

A: The remaining games will be tacked onto the beginning of the 2011-12 season.

Q: Will Rome be allowed on the ice to celebrate with his teammates if the Canucks win the Cup?

A: Yes. He will be allowed to dress and join the on-ice festivities if Vancouver claims its first title.
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Posted on: October 20, 2011 2:38 am

Answering questions in Rome suspension

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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 12:59 pm

Answering questions in Rome suspension

I really feel for Rome. I think the suspension is deserved because players have to play more aware and in control. I know some will ask what about Horton being more aware and I agree, but it goes both ways. I don't think anyone can argue that Horton isn't paying a steep price for his lack of awareness. And there is an argument to be made that Horton was paying the puck and the play, which is what my coach always taught me to pay attention to.

As for Rome, I don't think he was trying to lay a dirty hit on Horton and I certainly don't think he was trying to injure Horton (I think we assume far too often a guy is out to injure someone, but I think that's extremely rare....chances are, most guys playing with that disposition would be booted from organized hockey long before reaching the NHL level). But Rome is responsible for his actions and deserves to be punished when his lack of awareness and control result in a hit like the one the other night with the consequences it brought.

But all that said, like any NHL hockey player, Rome waited his whole life for this moment and, in one instant that he no doubt wishes he could take back (a feeling familiar to us all), he threw his dream away. It's tough not to feel bad for both Horton and Rome. I hope both get another shot at the Cup Finals. In Rome's case, I hope that chance comes when Burrows is no longer his teammate.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 12:06 pm

Answering questions in Rome suspension

This is why I love hockey and why Bettman & Co should run MLB....transparency. 
The league explains to the fans why and how it took action. 
Even better, Coli Campbell recuses himself because of the conflict of interest.  If it were MLB, Selig wouldn't tell you a thing and decide in his own interests.

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:30 pm

Answering questions in Rome suspension

Q: And how many games would Rome have received if he had been, say, Zdeno Chara?

A: Asked and answered -- none.

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