HOCKEY — 19 April 2012

Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL. The league announced their decision Wednesday afternoon following this open-ice check Tuesday which led to Marion Hossa being carried off in a stretcher:

NHL head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan has had his hands full throughout this Playoff series, he’s had to hand out a total of nine suspensions so far, three of which were on Tuesday night. The hearing on Friday for Raffi Torres is mandatory in order for Shanahan to deliver a ban lasting longer than five games. This gives Torres a little bit of time to prepare his case; however, it’s difficult to imagine that there is very much the Coyotes winger can say in order to convince them not to hand down a significant punishment. After all, Torres is a repeat offender; something Shanahan frowns strongly upon.

Let’s take a look as some of Torre’s past offenses:

On April 5, 2011 Raffi Torres delivered this hit to the head of Oiler’s Jordan Eberle. He received a four-game suspension:

April 17, 2011 – Torres hit on Brent Seabrook – minor penalty on the play received:

December 29, 2011 – Torres elbows Colorado Avalance defenceman Jan Hejda to the head – Fined $2500, no suspension:

With a history of “dirty plays” and disciplinary action, expect the league to come down hard on Torres, especially after being scrutinized for not coming down hard enough on Shea Weber for this headslam on Detroit Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg:

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