Saturday, April 21, 2012
Raffi Torres suspended 25 games for putting Blackhawks' Marian Hossa on stretcher - This is worse than fighting Garry McCarthy!
The National Hockey League suspended Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres for 25 games for his hit to the head of Marian Hossa in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. It's the third-longest suspension in NHL history as far as games lost, tied with two others and ranking behind a lifetime ban for Billy Coutu in 1927 and 30 games for Chris Simon in 2007.
From the NHL:
Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended for 25 games for launching himself to deliver a late hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa during Game 3 of the teams' Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series in Chicago on Tuesday, April 17, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
Should the 25 games not be served by the conclusion of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the remaining games of the suspension will carry over into the following regular season. Torres will be prohibited from playing in any preseason games until he has served this 25-game suspension (playoff and regular-season games).
Should the suspension carry over to next season, because he is classified as a repeat offender under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Torres will forfeit $21,341.46 in salary for every regular-season game in which he is ineligible to play.
(An aside: Let's hope the next CBA builds in some sort of financial penalties for players who are suspended in the postseason, because that's an embarrassing loophole in the process.)
The incident occurred at 11:42 of the first period. Hossa suffered an injury as a result of the hit. Torres already has served one game of this suspension, Game 4 of the series in Chicago on Thursday, April 19.
Why? Because he's Raffi Torres, because he injured Marian Hossa significantly and because he violated multiple rules on the same infraction, which is a very intriguing and unprecedented idea offered in this lengthy suspension video by NHL head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan:
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