Raffi Torres

Patrick Kaleta #36 of the Buffalo Sabres gets a penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct as he hits Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers into the boards. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Brutality In Hockey Is Running Amok, And That Needs To Change

This is no time to step back from serious justice being meted out to offending players. Lives are at stake and so is the reputation of the National Hockey League.

03/07/2013

Patrick Kaleta #36 of the Buffalo Sabres gets a penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct as he hits Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers into the boards. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: The NHL’s Image Problem Must Be Addressed Now

Want these ugly incidents to go away? A 25-game suspension won’t stop a thug like Kaleta from doing this again.

03/04/2013

Brian Boyle gets up off the ice after being hit by Chris Neil Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Neil Finished The Job On Boyle

While Chris Neil isn’t deserving of a 25-game ban for his head-shot on Brian Boyle, it’s clear that he and his Senators teammates have targeted Boyle all series.

WFAN–04/22/2012

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Hartnett: NHL Authorities Must Save Hockey’s Damaged Soul

Gone are the days when NHL players could adequately police themselves. The game I love has now given way to ugly, vigilante justice.

WFAN–04/18/2012

VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 01: Raffi Torres #13 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal late in the third period against Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins during game one of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Rogers Arena on June 1, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. (credit: Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Raffi Torres’ Late Goal Gives Canucks Game 1 Of Stanley Cup Finals

Whatever Manny Malhotra said to Raffi Torres before the third period of the Stanley Cup finals opener Wednesday night, the journeyman wing turned it into a dramatic game-winning goal for the Canucks — even if Torres waited until the very last minute to do it.

WFAN–06/02/2011