Below is our suggestions for the NHL regarding the Raffi Torres hit from last night – BTW it was described by me as pure thuggery – regardless after some time thinking we have composed our thoughts in the format used by the league;
I am Brendan Shanahan of the National Hockey Leagues’ Player Safety. Tuesday night in Chicago there was an incident that involved Raffi Torres of the Phoenix Coyotes and Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks. This particular incident was not penalized at the time but after reviewing the film and interviews we have determined further discipline is warranted.
In the 1st period Raffi Torres hit Hossa in the open ice, but as you can CLEARLY see the puck was not in the vicinity of either player nor was it just immediately played by Hossa. As Torres delivered the contact he left the ice and his principal point of contact was with his shoulder to the head of Hossa.
This is a clear violation of SO MANY rules; Rule 48 with states […] and Charging which states […] being the main concern. Also very disturbing is the blatant lack of respect of a fellow player on the ice.
We understand this is playoff hockey but Continue reading