Raffi Torres hit on Marian Hossa draws outrage (Video)

Phoenix Coyotes forward launched himself into Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa midway through the first period of Tuesday night’s game. Hossa did not have the puck, and did not appear to see Torres, who had enough time and space in front of him to have known both of those facts.

Torres left his feet. Hossa went down hard right in front of the Chicago bench. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher, and then to a Chicago hospital, where he was released later in the night.

Torres was, amazingly, not penalized on the play.

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Lanny McDonald at NHL Heritage Classics Game in Calgary

In this file photo, Joe Mullen, Lanny Mcdonald, Joe Nieuwendyk

Lanny McDonald’s bushy moustache is his trademark, but so were such characteristics as speed, work ethic, and commitment. Those traits, not really counting his facial hair, helped make him a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Toronto Maple leafs made McDonald their first round selection (fourth overall) in 1973, following a brilliant junior career with the Medicine Hat Tigers. His high skill level and intensity enabled him to make the jump directly to the NHL and contribute in 1973-74 straight from junior hockey, an amazing accomplishment for anyone. For Lanny it was simply unreal – he had spent his entire youth dreaming of wearing the blue and white of the Toronto Maple Leafs and now he would get to fulfill that dream.

Evenually, he ended up playing for the Calgary Flames. and as co-captain of the 85-86 Flames team, McDonald led the them to the Stanley Cup finals against the Montreal Canadiens thanks to 11 goals and 18 points. After finally knocking off their rivals from the north – Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers – in a dramatic 7 game playoff series that many would argue was the greatest playoff series ever played, the Flames seemed to run out of gas against a Montreal team that they should have been able to beat.

The Flames would get another chance in 1989 when the Flames returned to the finals and again faced the Montreal Canadiens. By this time McDonald was definitely near the end of his career. For three seasons he became more of a third or fourth liner who was present for his leadership. It was a good year for McDonald nonetheless. He recorded his 500th goal, 500th assist and 1000th point all in the same season. Then in the playoffs the Flames would not be denied and finally captured the Stanley Cup championship. McDonald scored just one goal in that playoff year – in the decisive 6th game of the Finals!

McDonald, one of the classiest gentlemen to ever play in any sport, retired as a champion shortly following the Cup victory. He would be honored as the NHL’s Man of the Year and King Clancy Memorial trophy in the summer of 1989, and would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992 – his first year of eligibility. His number 9 has been retired by the Flames organization as well.

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McFarlane’s NHL Hockey Figures: SERIES 27

The latest series of NHL Hockey figures have just arrived from McFarlane! Sports fans can now check out series 27, bringing together the sport’s best and brightest for an awesome all-star lineup!

The players in this set (which also features some variants that collectors will want to get their hands on) can be snagged individually or purchased as a complete series. They are:

Wayne Gretzky
Jarome Iginla
Marty Turco
Dion Phaneuf
Evgeni Malkin
Jimmy Howard

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So happy that I peed in my pants

I was just playing Call of Duty Black Ops with my buddy Thuan (see pic above) when I heard the good news that we will be getting our NHL Series 26 figures on Monday.  I was so happy that I almost peed in my pants (well….just a little bit came out).  I just have one thing to say before I talk about the new NHL hockey figures….Sailor Uranus Rules!  By the way, Thuan is a Big Sailor Moon fan (and he has this hair wig fetish which I am cool with).

You can place your orders for the new hockey series this weekend and we will ship out the orders on Monday.

McFarlane Toys NHL Sports Picks Series 26 hockey figures contain the following player assortment:

Ryan Kesler
Alexander Ovechkin
Zach Parise
Mike Fisher
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Carey Price
Ryan Miller

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McFarlane NHL Hockey Exclusive: White Jersey TIM THOMAS w/ Net!

From Series 24 of McFarlane’s NHL Hockey Figures comes a brand new Exclusive figure that collectors definitely won’t want to miss. If you’re someone who likes snagging all the available figures or just seek out the best of the best, grab this now! It’s part of the Pro Figures collection and looks absolutely brilliant; here’s a look!

This 7-inch figure of Boston’s TIM THOMAS looks rad and it’s a white-jersey-clad variant to the original figure while adding the very display-friendly feature of a complete net to be posed behind him.