San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres is scheduled for a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety and faces a suspension after an illegal hit during the team's preseason game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Torres received a match penalty in the first period of the Sharks’ 5–1 preseason loss Saturday after making contact with the head of Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg on a hit.
Torres was actually penalized for three different infractions on the play: illegal check to the head, interference and charging.
The Department of Player Safety announced that Torres waived his right to an in-person hearing, which means his suspension can extend longer than five games.
The 33-year-old missed all of the 2014–15 season and most of the 2013–14 season with separate knee injuries.
Torres has been suspended four times in his career, including a 25-game suspension for an illegal check to the head on Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in the 2012 postseason. That hit forced Hossa to leave the ice on a stretcher.