Raffi Torres of the San Jose Sharks has just received one of the longest suspensions in NHL history. He has been suspended 41 games for a dirty hit to the head of Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game last weekend. This is the longest suspension since McSorley was handed a full-season ban for slashing Brashear in the head back in 2000.
The NHL Department of Player Safety ruled the hit as illegal because not only was Silfverberg’s head the main point of contact it was also a late hit that would have been considered interference. Torres has until Wednesday to appeal the suspension.
San Jose's Raffi Torres has been suspended 41 games for an illegal check to the head and interference. Video: http://t.co/0Z9kgVAMyq
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Torres has the reputation of being a ‘dirty’ player. He has been warned, fined or suspended nine times throughout his career. With the league attempting to crack down on dirty hits, this may be the first of many suspensions handed out this season.