New York – Although not the biggest NHL suspension ever, Raffi Torres of Phoenix Coyotes gets a 25 game suspension for a late hit on Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa. The most recent multiple game suspension in the NHL was, 30 games back in Dec/2007 to Chris Simon of the New York Islanders when he forced his skate into another players foot.
This was clearly the longest suspension handed down by NHL Vice-President disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan this year, since he has taken over all disciplinary actions for the league.
The incident occurred on Tuesday night in game 3 when Torres jumped into unsuspecting Hossa near center ice and he was taken off on a stretcher. Hossa has not played since the incident and it is still unknown if he will return this year.
Torres who is well known for his aggressive play has a lengthy suspension record and will lose $21,341.46 in salary for every game he misses this year and next. He will not be allowed to play in any exhibition games next season, and will not return until late fall 2013. Missing exhibition games does not count towards his 25 game suspension.