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Torres takes big hit from NHL

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Torres takes big hit from NHL

GLENDALE Phoenix forward Raffi Torres was suspended 25 games for violating three NHL rules with his hit on Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa last week.In his video explanation, Brendan Shanahan said that Torres hit on Hossa in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series violated three rules: interference, charging and an illegal check to the head. Two other factors, Shanahan said, led to the lengthy suspension. Marian Hossa suffered a major injury on the play he was taken off on a stretcher and Torres has been suspendedfined five previous times, including recently, for hits very similar to the one on Hossa.Torres is not only a repeat offender, but his extensive discipline history consists of acts similar to this one, including two this season, Shanahan said in his video. Shanahan referred to these hits: Hits to the head to David Moss (2007) and Patrick Berglund (2009), elbows to the head of Jordan Eberle (2010) and Jan Hejda (2011), and a chargecontact to the head on Nate Prosser (2011).On the violation of the illegal check to the head, Shanahan said, the position of Hossas head doesnt change significantly just prior tosimultaneously with this hit. The onus is on Torres not to make it the principal point of contact. By leaping, he makes it a principal point of contact.If the 25 games cant be served by the conclusion of these Stanley Cup playoffs, then the remaining games of the suspension will carry over to the following regular season. Torres will be prohibited from playing any preseason games until his 25-game suspension is served.Should the suspension carry over to next season, because he is classified as a repeat offender under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Torres will forfeit 21,341.46 in salary for every regular-season game in which he is ineligible to play.Hossas status has not changed, according to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, since the hit. He is not on this trip.

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

DRIVE: Prairie RidgeEpisode 14

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Raby's Dq Smith McAllister

St. Xavier Team of the Week: Marist girls volleyball

This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8

 

NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

The 2017-18 IHSA boys basketball season has a lot of talented teams in the Chicagoland area. See who made the preseason top 25, headlined by five Public League powerhouses.

No. 1 Morgan Park

No. 2 Whitney Young

No. 3 Simeon

No. 4 Orr

No. 5 Curie

No. 6 Fenwick

No. 7 Bolingbrook

No. 8 Waukegan

No. 9 Niles North

No. 10 Uplift

No. 11 Romeoville

No. 12 Hinsdale South

No. 13 West Aurora

No. 14 Larkin

No. 15 St. Rita

No. 16 OPRF

No. 17 St. Charles East

No. 18 Kenwood

No. 19 Willowbrook

No. 20 Bloom

No. 21 Evanston

No. 22 Lake Zurich

No. 23 Proviso East

No. 24 Lincoln-Way East

No. 25 Libertyville