NHL suspends Sharks forward 41 games for a brutal check

San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres has been suspended 41 games — or half the 2015-2016 NHL season — for his illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game last week.

The NHL announced  the suspension Monday afternoon.

Here’s the play in question:

Torres’ check is a nasty one — late, away from the play, and targeted at Silfverberg’s head. Torres received a match penalty for it, meaning he was ejected and was automatically suspended until NHL Player Safety ruled officially. 

The 41-game suspension is a big one, but for a hit that could have easily ended a young player’s career, it’s deserving, And, Torres’ suspension will also undoubtedly send a strong message to players around the league on the eve of the new season.

NOW WATCH: Honda is paying more than $US1 million to air this incredible 2-minute ad during football games

NOW WATCH: Briefing videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.