In the first game of the 2013 Western Conference semifinals between Pacific Division rivals, Raffi Torres of the San Jose Sharks hit his friend and former teammate Jarret Stoll of the Los Angeles Kings. The hit ended the series for both of them, but the suspension is over and the injury is "not an issue" according to NHL.com Tuesday, September 3.
Stoll's head dropped slightly as he stretched forward for the puck, showing why the high target of the shoulders was reckless by Torres. He has to be careful given he has been suspended and/or fined many times for crossing the line several times.
Both the hit and repeat offenders are exactly what the NHL has to get out of the game in light of the recent NFL lawsuit settlement on concussions. Players have to stop thinking it is good enough to intend to hit lower or more people will literally die—not as most people use that but as the word actually means.
One is responsible for reckless driving even when they did not intend to cause an accident because their actions led to a predictable result. When Torres chose the shoulder as a target on Stoll, who did not see him coming, he is responsible for the predictable result of his friend's movements exposing the head.
The league suspended Torres for the rest of the series, the last for the Sharks. Stoll was sidelined until the next round, but suffered a seizure on July 3. While no official reason has been given, many are assuming it is related to the concussion he suffered on the hit that was added to the big checks that dominate his list of most significant postseason plays, good and bad.