Published November 20, 2014
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Phoenix Coyotes winger Raffi Torres will learn on Saturday the length of his suspension for his devastating hit on Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa, the National Hockey League said on Friday.
Hossa lay on the ice of Chicago's United Center for several minutes before being taken away on a stretcher. He was released from hospital a few hours later.
"I can't really talk about it right now," Torres told Reuters when asked how the hearing went.
There is no timetable for Hossa's return, which is a severe blow to the Blackhawks since the 33-year-old Slovak was their regular-season points leader.
Torres, who has a history of questionable hits during his NHL career, was banned indefinitely pending his Friday hearing with Brendan Shanahan and missed Thursday's game - won by Phoenix - as a result.
He was fined $2,500 in December for elbowing Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda and suspended two days later for two games for an illegal hit on Nate Prosser during a game against the Minnesota Wild.
As a member of the Vancouver Canucks last season, Torres was banned for the final two games of the regular season and two playoff games for an illegal hit on Edmonton's Jordan Eberle.
"It was a brutal hit," Quenneville said after Chicago's 3-2 overtime loss on Tuesday. "I saw exactly what happened. It was right in front of me. How four guys missed it was hard. The refereeing tonight was a disgrace."
The best-of-seven series resumes Saturday in Glendale, Arizona, with Phoenix leading 3-1.
(Reporting by Robin Respaut; writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Steve Ginsburg)