Former Crunch defensemen Aaron Rome is the subject of much water-cooler fodder this morning after his hit on Boston’s Nathan Horton put the talented winger in the hospital. The Bruins would respond by lighting the lamp eight times to half Vancouver’s Stanley Cup finals lead, but Horton’s status for the rest of the series remains in question. Rome received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit. He has a hearing with the league scheduled for 11 a.m. this morning.
Rome was a member of Syracuse’s 2007-08 team that reached the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs, though he did not appear in that postseason. He was not a complete stranger to controversy in his AHL career, but never developed a repuation for being a dirty player either.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault implied that he doesn’t feel there should be a suspension. Watch the hit again and share your opinion.