BOSTON, MA. (NEWS1130) – The NHL has suspended Canucks defenceman Aaron Rome for four games for his late hit on Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton. The incident happened in the first period of Game 3 last night in Beantown.
Horton was carried off on a stretcher and spent the night in hospital. He was released this morning. He has a severe concussion and will not return to the Bruins line-up for the rest of the Stanley Cup Final.
The suspension was handed down by the NHL’s Mike Murphy who said, “The hit by Rome was clearly beyond what is acceptable in terms of how late it was delivered after Horton.”
“Two factors led to the decision to suspend Rome for four games: the lateness of the hit and the nature of Horton’s injury.”
Rome’s agent Jarrett Bousquet tells News1130 Sports his client is distraught and very remorseful.
Bousquet also said Rome asked for Horton’s cell number this morning so he could call and apologize.
Aaron Rome official statement
I want to express my concern for Nathan’s well being and wish him a quick and full recovery. I try to play this game honestly and with integrity. As someone who has experienced this type of injury I am well aware of its serious nature and have no desire for another player to experience it. I will not take away my teammates’ focus on the task at hand and intend to speak at an appropriate time in future.