Canucks Rome delivers dirty hit!
In the midst of the Stanley Cup Finals, Canucks defender Aaron Rome delivered a dirty hit, last night! Rome lowered his shoulder and lifted his skates in the air on an extremely late hit on Bruins (second leading scorer) right wing Nathan Horton. Horton hit his head hard on the ice, received a severe concussion, was carted away on a stretcher, still in ER a day later, and will not be able to play the rest of the Stanley Cup Finals series. Rome received a four-game suspension (remainder of the Stanley Cup Final) for his dirty hit, today. The Boston Bruins did go on to annihilate the Vancouver Canucks 8-1, but still trail the Stanley Cup Final series (2-1). Read the excerpt, courtesy espn, and Check out the dirty hit on video!
“Two factors were considered in reaching this decision,” Mike Murphy, the league’s senior vice president of hockey operations, said in a statement. “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.”
“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,” Rome said in a statement. “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.”