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Bob McKenzie: “Torres hit is illegal on so many levels.”

Apr 17, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

As you might imagine, Raffi Torres‘ hit on Marian Hossa has resulted in some strong emotions, and for good reason. If you missed the hit and have no idea what I’m talking about, you can view it below:

Hossa appeared badly hurt on the play. He left the game on a stretcher and was then put in an ambulance.

Torres wasn’t punished for his actions – at least not yet. He might still be suspended.

There were plenty of noteworthy hockey writers that voiced their opinions in the immediate aftermath of the hit, but when a leading voice in the hockey community speaks up like Bob McKenzie did Tuesday night, that rings a little louder than most.

“The Torres hit is illegal on so many levels,” McKenzie said on Twitter. “It is charging. It is interference (late). It is a targeted head shot where he launches upward. The hit caused significant injury. The player (Torres) is a repeat offender in every sense of the term.”

Sounds like McKenzie thinks Torres should be suspended.

  1. fourfeatherfury - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Might… still be suspended. The fact that it can even be a question speaks to how much of a joke NHL discipline is. Get well Hoss, you’re too classy for that.

  2. tlndma - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Geez Rafi Torres hurt someone? But, he’s always been such an angel? Guy’s like this gotta go.

  3. seaner44 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Stupid is as Stupid does, always been a goon and always will be

  4. johnnyru131 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    What’s even worse is the PHO announcers said it was a clean hit and they are fine with it.

  5. oquintero99 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    I hope he gets at least 5 games. Horrible hit. Get well soon Hossa!!

  6. paperlions - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I’m a life-long blues fan and at this point I am strongly rooting for Chicago to win their series….I just prefer for teams that play good hockey to win.

  7. tommytd - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    He’ll probably get fined $1000. Shannys discipline is a joke.

  8. mojosmagic - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Why do the morons in stripes get off the hook? What are they watching! Tores should be done for the year fined. This crap will continue until the league gets serious.

  9. gmenfan1982 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Brutal hit. Left his feet, charged, interference. Should get at the very least 5 games for being a repeat offender in the playoffs no less.

    • dougyfresh9981 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      what insight… are you Bob McKenzie’s echo?

  10. mb65dod - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    As things are going, probably 1 game suspension if Hoss lives till tomorrow….

  11. spavs412 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Hope he is ok

  12. ll8078 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    James Neal wasn’t suspended for the exact same hit on Coots in game 3 of the Flyers/Pens series. So under Shanahan logic, it’s a 3 game suspension.

    • orangegesus - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      Hit was similar, but Couter didn’t take a head shot like that. This crap has to go – that’s a scary, scary hit. And guys in stripes: stretcher and ambulance = penalty. I know there’s a lot going on, but no one saw that hit? As a player, there is no way to defend yourself from that. Hossa’s gonna wake up in the hospital asking wtf? Hope he’s ok.

      • orangegesus - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:36 PM

        And Neal only got one game.

  13. biasedhomer - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Shanahan really screwed everything up by not suspending Weber. Now every feels like its alright to sucker punch others

  14. rgledz - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Shaw got 3 for a hit that was 10 times less egregious than what that little bit(h Torres did. If he doesn’t get 5 games or more, considering his long history of intentionally hurting people, they should just shut it down. These officials SHOULD NOT get another series after this. These guys should be fined and suspended for being worthless. I’ve always hated the Canucks, but …Phoenix is fast becoming number one.

    • hossagirl - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM

      Nicely put. 100% agree.

    • gulbickus - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM

      Cant compare the Shaw hit to this one. Shaw only got 3 games because he hit a goalie. Shanahan made an example of him. Dont get me wrong, Torres is a douche and should be done for the season but the hits and their forthcoming penalties have nothing in common

  15. hossagirl - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Horrible hit to Hossa. These playoff games have been such a disgrace to hockey. I have always been proud of being a hockey fan but all the stupid hits and bullcrap needs got to stop. I hope that Hossa is o.k., I am just sick about it. Torres needs to be held accountable. Goon!

  16. proudliberal85392 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Can’t let this one go…and I’m a Yotes season ticket holder. Uncalled for.

  17. gulbickus - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Aaron Rome got 4 games for a very similar hit last year in the Stanley Cup Finals. I have to think Torres gets the same if not more since he’s a repeat offender.

  18. thehighcountrybear - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Gone for the rest of the playoffs based on two things: Shanahan’s still wearing an omelette that would feed a family of nine on his face after his sell-out to Nashville business interests in dismissing Weber’s goonery, hence the continuing trend toward severe penalties since; and, Torres’ history warrants a vacation taking him into game twenty one of next season. Get the low-brow freak out of the game before he kills someone! Try as I might, I cannot remember Hossa being anything but a credit to the game and the good name of sportsmanship, this diametrically opposite to Torres who in spite of many gifts, insists on delivering near lethal harm to his opponents…? Madness, utter madness…

  19. brit9 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    So amazing, how after the 5 minute penalty appeared on the clock Saturday, there was a miracle! He was able to play & whip his helmet back & forth, without pain, when Sharp shot one in! He should fight crime with these capabilities!! Hossa got hit tonight…taken out on a stretcher, 2 minute penalty?? Maybe Smith should get that head of his checked! He saw nothing, as well as 4 refs saw NO hits??? Weird! These refs getting paid by the Vegas bookies must have some sort of special vision skills that the cameras caught but they missed! Torres should go back to leprachaun land repeat offend on a fair level! What a stroke! Taking cheap shots on players that can use their good old’ fashion skates & stick to score, Torres should be sick tonight, other than from just looking in the mirror! Maybe next time he’ll try to start a slapping match with Bollig, good luck!

  20. seahawkbias - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    It’s sooooo to late for Blackhawk fans to get squeemish on us now. Your own Duncan Keith does an MMA style elbow to Sedins head to ensure he won’t play this Playoffs and that he can rest down the stretch. Good for our old boy Torres.
    Welcome to the new era of the NHL you helped usher in Blackhawks. Open season on stars. I thinks it sucks. Glad you could join the party you helped start.

    • arbutus1440 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:33 AM

      “Good for our old boy Torres.”

      Way to keep it classy.

      It’s spelled “too.” And “squeamish.”

  21. proudliberal85392 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Hey, seahawkbias! Any Blackhawks fan will tell you that’s different. Go Yotes! Get well soon, Hossa, and don’t rush back.

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