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Sharks F Torres suspended 41 games

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres was hit with the longest suspension in NHL history for a hit on another player when the league banned him Monday for the first 41 games of the season for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg.

This marks the fifth and most significant suspension for Torres in his career. His previous longest ban had been a 21-game suspension - initially 25 games - for a high hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa in the first round of the playoffs in 2012 when he played with Phoenix.

Torres has until Wednesday to decide whether to appeal the suspension. The Sharks had no comment on the punishment and Torres' agent did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.


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