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Report: Raffi Torres' appeal set for Thursday

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By Ben Meyer-Abbott

Raffi Torres is scheduled to have a hearing Thursday for the appeal of his 25-game suspension for his leaping headshot on Blackhawks star winger Marian Hossa, according to a report.

Nick Kypreos of in Canada reported Tuesday that Torres is scheduled to meet with the NHL about the length of the suspension for his hit on Hossa in Game 3 of the Hawks' first-round series with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Torres not expected to challenge the suspension itself, according to the report. The NHL Players' Association and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will be in attendance at the meeting.

Torres' 25-game ban was the longest suspension handed down during the playoffs in the history of the NHL and longest since Chris Simon of the New York Islanders was suspended for 30 games in Dec. 2007.

Torres has a well-documented history of suspensions and supplemental discipline. In his video explanation, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan pointed out Torres violated three NHL rules on the play and was aware that Hossa no longer had the puck.

"It is clear that he sees Hossa is no longer in possession of the puck because Torres takes a one-handed swipe at it with his stick," Shanahan said. "Torres then leaps into the air and drives his left shoulder into Hossa's. This is a violation of three NHL rules: interference, charging and illegal check to the head."

Hossa, who was stretchered off the ice and taken to the hospital after the hit, missed the rest of the Hawks' first-round series with a severe concussion. Torres reached out to Hossa a couple of days after the hit.

"I would say that it was nice that he contacted me, but I told him, I know he's playing that way, but the one thing that I was upset with was the jump," Hossa told reporters in a conference call two weeks ago. "If he didn't jump, I would maybe get hit, but not hit in my head and he wouldn't have the 25 games. Basically, I was upset about the jumping."

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it was a dirty hit and raffi got what was coming, hockey is a rough game but raffi is lucky it was not a lot worse he could have injured hossa for life, could he live with that

Torres is a hack and if the NHL wants credibility they need to uphold the ban. Even better would be to make it 40 games for appealing and failing to convince them.

The Blackhawks need someone who is capable of retaliation. I guess now that would be Carcillo, but unless they start hitting more they will be viewed as a finesse team whose weakness is physical play. They season they won the Cup they hit a lot more-- I think that sends a message and makes a team think twice about going after one of your best players.

This time it was a trade of Torres for Hossa---and at the time they didn't even lose Torres. Next time it could be Toews or Kane or Sharp---better to pay up front with a hitman of your own to deter them, let them know if you if they send one of yours to the hospital, you will send one of theirs to the morgue--that's the Chicago way! (tongue in cheek)

Torres is a scum and I would not lose any sleep if he was permanently banned from the NHL. He is a disgrace and has no respect for the game or the players who play it. He paints a horrible picture of the NHL and taking the best skilled players out of the league for a long time will not further the league or fan base in any way.

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools. Follow him on Twitter:@adamjahns



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