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San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres has been suspended 41 games – or half the 2015-16 NHL season – for his illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game last week.
The NHL announced the suspension Monday afternoon.
Here’s the play in question:
Torres’ check is a nasty one – late, away from the play, and targeted at Silfverberg’s head. Torres received a match penalty for it, meaning he was ejected and automatically suspended until the NHL’s Department of Player Safety ruled officially.
The 41-game suspension is a big one, but for a hit that could have easily ended a young player’s career, it’s deserved.
Torres’ suspension will also undoubtedly send a strong message to players around the league on the eve of the new season.