Sharks forward Raffi Torres accepts suspension, apologizes to Ducks’ Jakob Silfverberg


Here is the full statement Thursday from the San Jose Sharks’ Raffi Torres:

“I accept the 41-game suspension handed down to me by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. I worked extremely hard over the last two years following reconstructive knee surgery to resume my NHL career, and this is the last thing I wanted to happen. I am disappointed I have put myself in a position to be suspended again. I sincerely apologize to Jakob for the hit that led to this suspension, and I’m extremely thankful that he wasn’t seriously injured as a result of the play. I also want to apologize to my Sharks teammates and the organization.”

Per the Ducks, Silfverberg practiced with the team for the first time since Torres’ first-period hit in last Saturday’s exhibition forced him from the game. Silfverberg is expected to play in Saturday’s regular-season opener at San Jose.