Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Raffi Torres
Raffi Torres was born October 8, 1981 in Toronto, Ontario. The 2nd pick, 5th overall selection of the New York Islanders in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Torres is a graduate of the Ontario Hockey League's Brampton Battalion where he spent three seasons and was an OHL Second Team All-Rookie in 1998-99 and OHL Second Team All-Star in 2000-01.

A member of Canada's bronze medal World Junior Team in 2001, Torres was voted as the Most Dangerous In Goal Area, the Best Shot and was runner-up for Best Stickhandler in the OHL's Western Conference during the 1999-2000 season.

In 2001-02, Torres made his professional debut with the Islanders AHL affiliate in Bridgeport while suiting up for 14 games with the parent club. Torres had a busy 2002-03 season, playing 17 games with the New York Islanders, and playing for both the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL after he was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers in the latter stages of the season.

Torres went on to play his first full season in the NHL in 2003-04, and was a pleasant surprise for the Oilers. In 80 games with the club, Torres went on to register 34 points (20-14-34)and took part in the Young Guns Game at the 2004 NHL All-Star Game in Minnesota.

Over the next few years Torres became a mainstay in the Edmonton Oiler line-up. In 2005-06, Torres and his club made a magical run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Torres made his playoff debut that season as the Oilers would come within one win of the Cup after being defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes.

After a second 82-game season in Oil Country, Torres was limited to just 32 games of the 2007-08 season after he tore the ACL in his right knee. Torees' stint in Edmonton came to an end in the when the Oilers traded him to Columbus for Gilbert Brule on July 1, 2008.

On March 3, 2010, the NHL trade deadline, the gritty winger was sent to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Nathan Paetsch and a second round draft pick.

On August 25, 2010, Torres was again on the move. He signed a one-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks.

Torres would appear in 80 games for the Canucks and contribute 14 goals, but his main contribution came in his physical style of play. He would help the Canucks to the club's first Presidents' Trophy in franchise history and was a key player on the team's run to the Stanley Cup Final.

In the summer of 2011 Torres was on the move again. This time, as an unrestricted free agent, he inked a deal with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Torres' time in Phoenix was marred by an on-ice incident in which he struck the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa while attempting throw a bodycheck. Hossa was taken off the ice on a stretcher and Torres received a 25 game suspension. At the time, the second-longest suspension for an on-ice incident in modern NHL history.

Torres' time in Phoenix would come to an end during the lockout shortened 2012-13 season. After serving the remainder of his suspension, Torres appeared in 28 games for the Coyotes, scoring five goals and adding seven assists. On April 3, 2013, the NHL trade deadline, Torres was sent to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a third round draft pick.

In the pre-season prior to the start of the 2015-16 regular season, Torres was suspended for 41 games due to a check to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward, Jakob Silfverberg. This suspension was the longest non-lifetime suspension since Chris Simon was suspended for 30 games for stepping on Jarkko Ruutu. After serving his suspension Torres would join the Sharks AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda. On February 22, 2016 his rights were traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he would remain with the Barracuda for the remainder of the season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1997-98 Thornhill Rattlers ON-Jr.A 46 17 16 33 90
1998-99 Brampton Battalion OHL 62 35 27 62 32 -27
1999-00 Brampton Battalion OHL 68 43 48 91 40 +6 6 5 2 7 23
2000-01 Brampton Battalion OHL 55 33 37 70 76 +16 8 7 4 11 19
2000-01 Canada WJC-A 7 3 2 5 10 +4
2001-02 New York Islanders NHL 14 0 1 1 6 +2
2001-02 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 59 20 10 30 45 -5 20 8 9 17 26
2002-03 New York Islanders NHL 17 0 5 5 10 0
2002-03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 49 17 15 32 54 +6
2002-03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 11 1 7 8 14 -3 23 6 1 7 29
2003-04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 20 14 34 65 +12
2004-05 Edmonton Roadrunners AHL 67 21 25 46 165 +4
2005-06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 27 14 41 50 +4 22 4 7 11 16
2006-07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 15 19 34 88 -7
2007-08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 32 5 6 11 36 -4
2008-09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 51 12 8 20 23 -4 4 0 2 2 2
2009-10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 60 19 12 31 32 -8
2009-10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 0 5 5 2 -3 4 0 2 2 12
2010-11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 14 15 29 78 +4 23 3 4 7 28
2011-12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 15 11 26 83 +2 3 1 1 2 2
2012-13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 28 5 7 12 13 -1
2012-13 San Jose Sharks NHL 11 2 4 6 4 +1 5 1 0 1 2
2013-14 San Jose Sharks NHL 5 3 2 5 7 +4 7 2 1 3 18
2014-15
2015-16 San Jose Barracuda AHL 6 0 0 0 5 -1
NHL Totals 635 137 123 260 497 68 11 17 28 80


OHL All-Rookie Team (1999)
OHL Second All-Star Team (2000, 2001)
Traded to Edmonton by NY Islanders with Brad Isbister for Janne Niinimaa and Washington's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, NY Islanders selected Evgeni Tunik) in 2003 NHL Draft, March 11, 2003. Missed majority of 2007-08 due to knee injury vs. Detroit, December 15, 2007. Traded to Columbus by Edmonton for Gilbert Brule, July 1, 2008. Traded to Buffalo by Columbus for Nathan Paetsch and Vancouver's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, Columbus selected Petr Straka) in 2010 NHL Draft, March 3, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, August 25, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 1, 2011. Traded to San Jose by Phoenix for Florida's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Pavel Laplante) in 2013 NHL Draft, April 3, 2013. Missed majority of 2013-14 due to knee surgery, September 26, 2013. Suspended by NHL for 41 games due to illegal check to the head vs. Anaheim, October 5, 2015. Traded to Toronto by San Jose with San Jose's 2nd round pick (later traded to Anaheim - Anaheim selected Maxime Comtois) in 2017 NHL Draft and San Jose's 2nd round pick in 2018 NHL Draft for Roman Polak and Nick Spaling, February 22, 2016. Officially announced his retirement, October 28, 2016.
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