Raffi Torres to appeal suspension

Suspended Phoenix Coyotes winger Raffi Torres will appeal his 25-game suspension for his hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in Game 3 of their playoff series last month, the NHL Players' Association confirmed Thursday.

Appeals are heard by commissioner Gary Bettman.

Torres was given the longest suspension in the league since 2007 and is scheduled to miss the rest of the playoffs. The suspension will carry over to next season if it is not served during the playoffs.

Torres and the NHLPA will meet with Bettman about the length of the suspension, but not the ban itself.

Midway through the first period of Game 3, Torres left his feet, hitting Hossa in the head. Hossa left the game on a stretcher. He was released from an area hospital that night but did not play in another game in the series. The Coyotes beat the Blackhawks in six games.

Torres wasn't penalized on the play but was subsequently cited for charging, interference and making Hossa's head the principal point of contact. Being a repeat offender also contributed to the length of the suspension.

No date has been set for the appeal.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.