New York, NY (Sports Network) - The National Hockey League on Saturday issued
a $100,000 fine to the San Jose Sharks organization for comments made by
general manager Doug Wilson regarding the suspension levied to Raffi Torres
earlier in the week.
The fine was issued for violation of league rules which prohibit statements to
the media during the 48-hour period following a disciplinary decision. In
addition to an automatic penalty of $25,000, the Sharks were fined an
additional $75,000 under Article 6 of the League's Constitution due to the
inappropriate nature of the comments.
League discipline czar Brendan Shanahan passed down the suspension on Thursday
to Torres, who was banned for the remainder of the Sharks' second-round
series against Los Angeles for an illegal hit to the head of forward
Jarret Stoll during the second period of the Kings' 2-0 Game 1 win on Tuesday.
On Friday, Wilson revealed his thoughts about the suspension in a lengthy
statement, whose sentiments included the following:
"The Sharks organization fully supports the NHL in its efforts to remove
illegal and dangerous hits from the game but we strongly disagree with the
NHL's decision to suspend Raffi Torres.
"Upon review of the incident, it is abundantly clear that this was a clean
hockey hit. As noted by the NHL, Raffi's initial point of contact was a
shoulder-to-shoulder hit on an opponent who was playing the puck. He did not
leave his feet or elevate, he kept his shoulder tucked and elbow down at his
side, and he was gliding -- not skating or charging.
"As evidenced in the video, just prior to Torres making contact with the
opposing player, that player altered his posture to play a bouncing puck with
his hand, placing himself in a vulnerable position.
"Comparing the facts of this incident against the actual wording of Rule 48.1,
it appears that the NHL has not only made an inappropriate application of this
rule but is trying to make an example out of a player who is being judged on
past events, one who has changed his game dramatically this season and taken
only six minor penalties in 39 games."
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