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The Longest NHL Suspensions

Raffi Torres, Todd Bertuzzi, and the rest of the longest NHL suspensions ever.

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The Longest NHL Suspensions:

  • 30 Games
    Chris Simon of the New York Islanders, for stomping on the leg of Pittsburgh's Jarko Ruutu in December, 2007. It is the seventh suspension of Simon's NHL career.

  • The Rest Of The Season (minimum 25 games)
    Chris Simon of the New York Islanders, for a slash to the face of the Rangers' Ryan Hollweg in March, 2007. Simon misses 15 regular season games plus all of the Islanders' playoff games. The suspension carries over to 2007-08 if necessary to meet the 25-game minimum.

  • 25 Games
    Raffi Torres of the Phoenix Coyotes, for a hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa during the Stanley Cup Playoffs in April, 2012. "Torres launched himself to deliver a late, direct hit to the head..." said NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. "...it is clear (Torres) sees that Hossa is no longer in possession of the puck because Torres takes a one-handed swipe at it with his stick."

  • 25 Games
    Jesse Boulerice of the Philadelphia Flyers, for a crosscheck to the face of Vancouver's Ryan Kesler in October, 2007.

  • The Rest Of The Season (23 games)
    Marty McSorley of the Boston Bruins, for knocking out Vancouver's Donald Brashear by swinging a stick at his head in March, 2000. McSorley misses 23 regular season games.

  • The Rest Of The Season (20 games)
    Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks, for serious injuries sustained by Colorado's Steve Moore when Bertuzzi jumped him from behind in March, 2004. Bertuzzi misses 13 regular season games, plus seven playoff games. His suspension is listed as indefinite, but the following season is cancelled due to a labor dispute and he is allowed to return when the NHL resumes in the fall of 2005.

  • 23 Games
    Gordie Dwyer of the Tampa Bay Lightning, for abusing officials and leaving the penalty box to fight in a pre-season game against the Washington Capitals in September, 2000.

  • 21 games
    Dale Hunter of the Washington Capitals, for a hit on Pierre Turgeon of the New York Islanders while Turgeon celebrates a goal in the 1993 playoffs.

  • 20 games
    Steve Downie of the Philadelphia Flyers, for deliberately targeting the head with a body check on Ottawa's Dean McAmmond in September, 2007.

  • 20 games
    Tom Lysiak of the Chicago Blackhawks, for intentionally tripping a linesman in October, 1983.

  • 20 games
    Brad May of the Phoenix Coyotes, for a slash to the head of Columbus' Steve Heinze in November, 2000.

  • 16 games
    Eddie Shore of the Boston Bruins, for hitting Toronto's Ace Bailey over the head with his stick in 1933.

  • 15 games (3 regular season, 12 playoff)
    Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens, for knocking down linesman Cliff Thompson during a scuffle with Boston's Hal Laycoe in March, 1955.

  • 15 games
    Wilf Paiement of the Colorado Rockies, for swinging his stick and hitting Detroit's Dennis Polonich in the face in October, 1978.

  • 15 games
    Dave Brown of the Philadelphia Flyers, for cross-checking Tomas Sandstrom of the New York Rangers across the face and breaking his jaw in November, 1987.

  • 15 games
    Tony Granato of the Los Angeles Kings, for slashing Pittsburgh's Neil Wilkinson in February, 1994.

  • The Rest of the Season (10 regular season games plus the playoffs)
    Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins, for an elbow to Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers in March, 2011.

  • 13 games
    Wayne Maki of the St. Louis Blues and Ted Green of the Boston Bruins, for swinging their sticks at each other in September, 1969.

  • 13 games
    Andre Roy of the Tampa Bay Lightning, for leaving the penalty box and physically abusing an official while trying to engage players in the New York Rangers' penalty box in April, 2002.

  • 12 games
    Brantt Myhres of the San Jose Sharks, for leaving the bench to attack Mattias Norstrom of the Los Angeles Kings in February, 1999.

  • 12 games
    Matt Johnson of the Los Angeles Kings, for deliberately injuring the New York Rangers' Jeff Beukeboom in November, 1998. Beukeboom suffered a concussion and never played again.

  • 12 games
    Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers, for attacking Montreal's Chris Chelios during a playoff game in May, 1989.

  • 12 games
    David Shaw of the New York Rangers, for high-sticking Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux in October, 1988

  • 11 games
    Owen Nolan of the San Jose Sharks, for a hit to the head of the Dallas Stars' Grant Marshall in February, 2001.

  • 11 games (3 playoff, 8 regular season)
    Tie Domi of the Toronto Maple Leafs, for knocking out Scott Niedermayer with an elbow to the head during the 2001 playoffs. Domi was suspended for the balance of the playoffs and the first eight games of the following season.

  • 10 games
    Jimmy Mann of the Winnipeg Jets, for sucker-punching Pittsburgh's Paul Gardner in January, 1982.

  • 10 games
    Ruslan Salei of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, for hitting Dallas' Mike Modano from behind in October, 1999.

  • 10 games
    Scott Niedermayer of the New Jersey Devils, for hitting Florida's Peter Worrell in the head with his stick in March, 2000.

  • 10 games
    Trevor Gillies of the New York Islanders, for hitting the head of Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck in March, 2011.

    Source: Canadian Press

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