Why He’s Here
Headhunting. Unlike a lot of other guys on this list, Torres doesn’t have a long history of embellishment or stick infractions or even fighting.
What he does—to a degree unparalleled in the NHL today—is make predatory hits.
Twenty years ago, Torres would have been celebrated, but as the game has oh-so-slowly moved to phase out headshots, Torres’ style of play has become increasingly illegal.
Why isn't he at the top of this list? Because what he does has been legal for a long time. He isn't a guy with a reputation for stickwork, hitting from behind or even elbowing; he's a guy who simply belongs in the NHL of 10 or 15 years ago rather than today.
The hit everyone remembers is the blow to the head of Chicago Blackhawks star Marian Hossa. An earlier generation would have found much to like in Torres explosive hit on an opponent in a vulnerable position. Instead, Torres was suspended for 25 games (a total reduced to 21 on appeal).
- Suspended 10 games and the first round of the playoffs for Jarret Stoll on May 14, 2013.
- Suspended 21 games for an illegal check to the head of Marian Hossa on April 17, 2012.
- Suspended four games an illegal check to the head of Jordan Eberle on April 6, 2011.
- Suspended two games for charging Nate Prosser on December 31, 2011.
- Fined $2,500 for an illegal check to the head of Jan Hejda on December 29, 2011.