Raffi Torres Suspension: Phoenix Forward Draws Third Longest Suspension In NHL History

NHL dean of discipline Brendan Shanahan finally dolled out his ruling on the vicious hit Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres laid on Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the teams' opening round series in the 2012 NHL playoffs. It isn't pretty for the Coyotes. Torres has been suspended 25 games, which happens to be the third longest suspension in NHL history.

Related: Marian Hossa Injury: Blackhawks RW Will Not Travel To Phoenix

The longest suspension ever was given to Marty McSorley for his infamous cheap shot on Donald Brashear on Feb. 21, 2000. After being convicted of assault with a weapon, McSorley's suspension was extended from the remainder of the 2000 season (which ended up being 23 games) to one full year following the conviction. Chris Simon of the New York Islanders was given a 30-game suspension in 2007 for attempting to injure Jarkko Ruutu of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Simon also received a separate 25-game ban in 2007 for his slash to the face of

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit Blackhawks blog Second City Hockey and Coyotes blog Five For Howling. For more NHL Playoffs coverage, head over to SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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