BOSTON, MA –
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that forward Nathan Horton
will miss the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs due to a concussion. The injury occurred on January 22, 2012 in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers and he has not played in a game since (36 games).
The 26-year-old Horton played in a career low 46 games this season and registered 17-35=32 totals and 54 penalty minutes. During last year’s Stanley Cup Playoff run, he tallied three game-winning goals, including the winners in the Game 7 victories over Montreal on April 27, 2011 and Tampa Bay on May 27, 2011. He finished the postseason appearing in 21 of the team’s 25 playoff games with eight goals, nine assists and 35 penalty minutes. He missed the final four games of the Stanley Cup Final due to a severe concussion sustained in Game 3.
Horton finished his first year as a Bruin in 2010-11 with 26-27=53 totals during the regular season in 80 games.
He was acquired by the Bruins along with Gregory Campbell
from the Florida Panthers on June 22, 2010 in exchange for defenseman Dennis Wideman and two draft picks (first round 2010, third round 2011).
In 548 career NHL games with Boston and Florida, Horton has 185 goals, 195 assists for 380 points and 521 penalty minutes.
He was originally drafted by the Panthers in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.