Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has appealed his 15 game suspension after attacking Pittsburgh Penguins star Brooks Orpik on December 7, reports CBSSports.

According to the NHLPA and Thornton's agent the star, who injured the Penguins defenseman, is now hoping to reduce his ban. 

Thornton will now head to an appeal hearing with commissioner Gary Bettman in order to discover his fate.

However, he can then appeal once again if the ban remains over six games with an independent arbitrator reviewing his case. 

Despite Orpik having been removed from the game on a stretcher, the Bruins star has been given support from his teammates. 

Patrice Bergeron said: "We felt for him being home and not with us. He's a great team guy, a veteran leader on our team, so we definitely miss him."

For now though, the Bruins will have to continue without Thornton. After suffering defeat against the Vancouver Canucks, they will be looking to bounce back with a win against the Calgary
Flames. 

And the Bruins will now be hoping to hit form without the suspended Thornton.

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