GLENDALE Phoenix forward Raffi Torres was suspended 25 games for violating three NHL rules with his hit on Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa last week.In his video explanation, Brendan Shanahan said that Torres hit on Hossa in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series violated three rules: interference, charging and an illegal check to the head. Two other factors, Shanahan said, led to the lengthy suspension. Marian Hossa suffered a major injury on the play he was taken off on a stretcher and Torres has been suspendedfined five previous times, including recently, for hits very similar to the one on Hossa.Torres is not only a repeat offender, but his extensive discipline history consists of acts similar to this one, including two this season, Shanahan said in his video. Shanahan referred to these hits: Hits to the head to David Moss (2007) and Patrick Berglund (2009), elbows to the head of Jordan Eberle (2010) and Jan Hejda (2011), and a chargecontact to the head on Nate Prosser (2011).On the violation of the illegal check to the head, Shanahan said, the position of Hossas head doesnt change significantly just prior tosimultaneously with this hit. The onus is on Torres not to make it the principal point of contact. By leaping, he makes it a principal point of contact.If the 25 games cant be served by the conclusion of these Stanley Cup playoffs, then the remaining games of the suspension will carry over to the following regular season. Torres will be prohibited from playing any preseason games until his 25-game suspension is served.Should the suspension carry over to next season, because he is classified as a repeat offender under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Torres will forfeit 21,341.46 in salary for every regular-season game in which he is ineligible to play.Hossas status has not changed, according to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, since the hit. He is not on this trip.
The Chicago chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has selected Marian Hossa to be the Blackhawks' nominee for the 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which recognizes perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
The 38-year-old winger has bounced back in a huge way following a 2015-16 campaign where he had only 13 goals and 20 assists in 64 games.
Hossa is tied for second on the team with 24 goals and ranks sixth on the club with 42 points in 66 contests this season. He ranks fourth among active players with 1,131 points, and recently surpassed Pat Verbeek to move into 35th all-time in goals scored with 523.
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Three finalists from the 30 NHL teams will be named at the end of the regular season.
Pit Martin (1969-70) and Bryan Berard (2003-04) are the only two players in Blackhawks history to win the honor.
The NBA announced Saturday that it has suspended former Bulls and current Knicks center Joakim Noah for 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.
He tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement called selective androgen receptor modulator LGD-4033, which is prohibited under the current collective bargaining agreement but would not have been under the new CBA starting next year, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.
It was announced in February that Noah would miss the remainder of the season with a left knee injury. His suspension will carry over into the 2017-18 campaign with only 10 games left this year.
Noah averaged 5.0 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game in 46 games in his first of a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks.