Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/2/12

The NHL has suspended Phoenix Coyotoes forward Raffi Torres for two games after he hit Minnesota defenseman Nate Prosser in a game against the Wild.

While explaining the suspension, NHL head of discipline Brendan Shanahan noted that Torres left his skates prior to contact with Prosser, a violation of the league's charging rule.

Shanahan went on to say that Torres had drawn the attention of the NHL's discipline department in three consecutive games, each time for a hit to the head. Torres had just been fined $2,500 for a hit on Jan Hejda of the Colorado Avalanche.

Because Torres was considered a repeat offender - he had been suspended nine months earlier - Shanahan opted to suspend him even though Prosser didn't miss any time due to the hit.

Torres has six goals and five assists on the season.
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