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Nathan Horton’s Day with Stanley Cup Shortened After Cup Misses its Flight

One of the greatest rewards for winning the Stanley Cup (besides finally being able to shave the beard) is getting to spend one day with it. It’s one of the best traditions in sports — every member of the team gets a day with the Cup during the summer, and they get to do whatever they want with it. Yes, even nasty stuff.

The first Bruin to get the Cup was winger Nathan Horton, who was knocked out of the series in Game 3. Horton was going to show off the cup at a parade in Dunnville, Ontario, but there was one little problem. The Stanley Cup arrived late.

Turns out the Cup arrived at the airport in Boston at 7:37am for an 8:00am flight, meaning it missed the 30-minute bag check-in cutoff and had to take a later flight. It didn’t arrive until 2:25pm we’re told, well after many fans had already left. Not only that, but Horton was short-changed on his day — he was supposed to have the Cup from 9am-midnight.

As for the rest of the Cup’s schedule, it goes to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Finland before returning to Ontario. Maybe one of the other Bruins will be kind enough to give Horton another shot with it.

Video: Aaron Rome Hit on Nathan Horton Results in Hospital Trip

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome laid a vicious hit on Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton Monday night that knocked Horton out cold. Rome blindsided Horton with a hit to the head — the exact sort of hit the NHL is trying to eliminate — and Horton ended up immobilized and taken to a hospital. Here’s a video of the Aaron Rome hit:

The series has been extraordinarily physical and the hatred between the teams has been evident, but there is no need for blindside head shots. Nathan Horton has been a valuable scorer for the Bruins, and missing him for any length of time will hurt the team. A suspension is in order for Rome, but sadly that won’t even be a fair punishment if Horton has to miss games. What’s worse is that Vancouver’s coach won’t acknowledge this was an obvious head shot. That insults all of us, even as biased as he may be.