BOSTON (CBS) – The NHL has announced Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome has been suspended for four games for his hit on Bruins forward Nathan Horton in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

“Two factors were considered in reaching this decision,” said NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy.  “The hit by Rome was clearly beyond what is acceptable in terms of how late it was delivered after Horton had released the puck and it caused a significant injury.”

Horton has been diagnosed with a severe concussion and the Bruins have confirmed he will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Read: Horton Out Of Hospital, Finals With Severe Concussion

The hit occurred in the first period of Game 3. Horton had just passed the puck when Rome came at him from the blindside, lowered his shoulder and flattened him — the kind of hit the NHL has tried to eliminate after several players have sustained severe concussions, including Bruins forward Marc Savard.

Read:  Bourque Talks Game 3, Horton Injury On Toucher & Rich

In the event that the Final ends before Game 7, Rome’s suspension will carry over to the start of the 2011-12 regular season.

98.5 The Sports Hub is the only local station to listen to every game of the Stanley Cup Finals. Coverage begins an hour before each game with the Bruins Pregame show hosted by Dave Goucher & Bob Beers.

Comments (4)
  1. DIanne says:

    That is a good decision. I agree 100%. It was clearly a late hit and a vicious one at that. Go Bruins!

  2. Jaye Bird says:

    THAT’S All he got???? He should be out for next season too and a hefty fine along with it!!

  3. karen s says:

    agree with you totally jaye bird! working in health care, i’ve seen too often that it’s not just the immediate concussion, but long term post-concussion syndrome issues that create problems. rome should have gotten at least a 20 game suspension, and sizeable fine. the league should also mandate that goons/enforcers perform at least 100 hours community service in a rehab facility, separate from whatever is in their contracts for community involvement. good luck nathan,

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