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Bruins' Thornton plans to appeal 15-game suspension @NHLdotcom

Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has notified the NHL of his intention to appeal the 15-game suspension he was handed for an incident involving Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on Dec. 7.

Thornton, who was suspended by the League on Saturday afternoon, had a 4 p.m. deadline on Monday to file his appeal. The NHL Players' Association announced, through its Twitter feed Monday afternoon, the intent to appeal.

Under provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will hear the appeal during an in-person meeting. Thornton, if he so chooses, can appeal Bettman's ruling to a neutral arbitrator.

Thornton was suspended by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for punching an unsuspecting opponent, Orpik, and causing a serious injury during NHL Game No. 438 in Boston.

Here is the Department of Player Safety release announcing the suspension.

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