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February 11, 1987 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
He's something of a phenomenon, this mild, neatly bearded Canadian with soft brown eyes. A velvet-voiced singer/musician known simply as Raffi, he has become a quiet success in a field not known for its success stories. His avid fans, in the 2- to 8-year-old range, don't have financial clout, but their parents do, and they've obviously gotten the word: Sales of Raffi's albums--gold and platinum in Canada--are approaching the 1-million mark here since A&M Records began U.S. distribution in 1984.
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September 23, 2013 | Wire reports
The San Jose Sharks will be without forward Raffi Torres for the start of the season because of an injured right knee. Torres was injured in a collision with Ducks forward Emerson Etem on Friday night. Torres and the Sharks will decide in the next few days whether he needs surgery. If he rehabilitates the injury, he might miss only the first month. If he needs surgery, he would probably be sidelined three to four months. The Sharks signed Torres to a three-year, $6-million contract in June.
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February 21, 1993 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, Lynne Heffley covers the children's beat for The Times.
Baby beluga in the deep blue sea, Swim so wild and you swim so free . . . Whatever happened to Raffi? Raffi, the first children's music superstar, whose gold- and platinum-selling songs about baby beluga whales and global unity--plus some shrewd marketing strategies--earned him such screaming, clapping adulation from small fans that he became known as the Springsteen of the preschool set.
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May 26, 2013 | By Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE - Kings center Jarret Stoll , who suffered a concussion on a hit from San Jose Sharks winger Raffi Torres in Game 1 in this Western Conference semifinal playoff series, said Sunday he feels good and will continue to be active as long as he has no recurrence of headaches or other symptoms. He said there is no timetable for his return. "Push it more and more every day, without setbacks. You have a setback, you have to start over again," he said in his first interview since the incident.
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February 17, 1988 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
Judging from his wildly enthusiastic reception at UCLA's Wadsworth Theatre on Saturday, Raffi, the darkly bearded Canadian--who uses only his first name and says he sings in the "key of astonishment"--has hit the big time. His face is serene, his voice is lullaby soft. Yet listen to eager toddlers shout his name at a concert and you'll know why this entertainer and recording artist has been dubbed (by Newsweek) "the Springsteen" of the preschool set.
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March 6, 1995 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A few years ago, when he stopped touring and recording for children, it looked as if Raffi, children's music's first bona fide superstar, might be leaving behind his preschooler-pleasing roots altogether in search of crossover adult appeal and a wider forum for his ecological, global message songs.
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February 27, 1993 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
He doesn't leap around in a dinosaur suit or a Ninja Turtle costume. He doesn't dress like a clown, blow balloons or pull rabbits out of a hat. * He's just a normal-looking guy in blue jeans, with a blue shirt and a loud tie, but the kids love Raffi. They packed the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego on Thursday for the first of two shows, and the tour continues with a sold-out show tonight at the Universal Amphitheatre.
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November 13, 2005 | Peter Schmuck, Baltimore Sun
Rafael Palmeiro finally came forth last week with his long-awaited explanation of the positive steroid test that has stained his great career, and the only thing missing was the last line: "That's my story and I'm sticking to it."
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April 21, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
The NHL's decision to suspend Phoenix forward Raffi Torres for 25 games to punish his vicious hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa was surprising because previous disciplinary actions in the playoffs had been relatively modest and had been no more than four games. The verdict on Torres had the impact of a thunderclap - and not everybody agreed with it. Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who has suffered three concussions during his career, said Saturday he was gratified to see the league take harsh action against Torres, who has been punished several times for targeting opponents' heads.
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May 15, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Kings center Jarret Stoll took a hard hit from San Jose left winger Raffi Torres near the end of the second period of L.A.'s 2-0 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their NHL playoff series. Stoll was injured and sat out the third period. Coach Darryl Sutter had no comment on the play but said of Stoll: "We weren't resting him and he didn't come back. " Torres was sent off the ice for charging. The NHL is expected to announce Wednesday whether it will hold a hearing to determine whether Torres should be fined or suspended for the hit. No question how Sharks Coach Todd McLellan would rule if he were in charge.
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May 18, 2013 | By Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks were fined $100,000 by the NHL on Saturday because of General Manager Doug Wilson 's public criticism of the league's decision this week to suspend Sharks forward Raffi Torres . The NHL said in a statement that $25,000 was for violating a league rule prohibiting formal team statements to the media within 48 hours of a disciplinary suspension. The remaining $75,000 was for "the inappropriate nature of the comments. " BOX SCORE: Sharks 2, Kings 1 Torres delivered an open-ice hit to Kings center Jarret Stoll in Game 1 of the teams' Western Conference semifinal series, resulting in a suspected concussion for Stoll.
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May 16, 2013 | By Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman
San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres was suspended for the remainder of his team's Western Conference semifinal playoff series against the Kings - a ban of up to six games - for what the NHL judged was an illegal hit to the head of Kings center Jarret Stoll on Tuesday. The decision was announced Thursday by Brendan Shanahan, the league's director of player safety, after a hearing in New York that was attended by Torres. Stoll, one of the Kings' primary penalty-killing forwards and a valued third-line center, probably sustained a concussion from the hit, which occurred near the end of the second period of the Kings' 2-0 victory in the series opener.
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May 16, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres was suspended for the remainder of his team's Western Conference semifinal playoff series against the Kings -- a ban of up to six games -- for what the NHL judged was an illegal hit to the head of Kings center Jarret Stoll on Tuesday. The decision was announced Thursday by Brendan Shanahan, the league's director of player safety, following a hearing in New York that was attended by Torres. Stoll, one of the Kings' primary penalty-killing forwards and a valued third-line center, likely sustained a concussion from the hit, which occurred near the end of the second period of the Kings' 2-0 victory in the series opener.
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May 15, 2013 | By David Wharton
The San Jose Sharks expressed surprise on Wednesday when NHL officials summoned their rugged left winger Raffi Torres to a hearing in New York to discuss a hit on Kings forward Jarret Stoll. Torres checked Stoll near the end of the second period in Tuesday night's Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. There has been disagreement over whether contact was shoulder to shoulder or shoulder to head. Torres was called for charging and an injured Stoll did not return.
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May 15, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Fallout Wednesday from the hit San Jose's Raffi Torres put on the Kings' Jarret Stoll in Game 1 of their teams'  Western Conference semifinal series Tuesday was considerable. The NHL has requested an in-person hearing, which means a suspension could be more than five games. That isn't always necessarily the case, but it looms as a possibility. Nick Kypreos of Canada's Sportsnet first reported the league's request, and individuals familiar with the process said the information was accurate.
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May 15, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Kings center Jarret Stoll took a hard hit from San Jose left winger Raffi Torres near the end of the second period of L.A.'s 2-0 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their NHL playoff series. Stoll was injured and sat out the third period. Coach Darryl Sutter had no comment on the play but said of Stoll: "We weren't resting him and he didn't come back. " Torres was sent off the ice for charging. The NHL is expected to announce Wednesday whether it will hold a hearing to determine whether Torres should be fined or suspended for the hit. No question how Sharks Coach Todd McLellan would rule if he were in charge.
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October 21, 2002 | Lynne Heffley, By Lynne Heffley Times Staff Writer
Bruce Springsteen, Elvis, the Pied Piper - take your pick. Raffi, the No. 1 children's music star since he first began crooning about a certain little "Baby Beluga" nearly 25 years ago, has been compared to all three. Judging by enthusiastic shouts of "Waffi! Waffi!"
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September 11, 1994 | Lynne Heffley, Lynne Heffley is a Times staff writer.
After his unsuccessful venture to cross over into the adult music market a few years back, Raffi, the children's music superstar of the late 1970s and '80s, who was dubbed both "the Bruce Springsteen" and the "Elvis" of the preschool set, has recorded a new album, his first new children's music studio recording in seven years. But "Bananaphone," an MCA Records release due Tuesday, isn't a return to the mellow-voiced Canadian's "Baby Beluga" days of crooning to the diaper brigade.
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May 15, 2013 | Helene Elliott
San Jose winger Raffi Torres' jarring hit of Kings center Jarret Stoll on Tuesday triggered a sizable ripple effect that could alter the tone and course of the teams' Western Conference semifinal playoff series. The ripples could spread far enough for the Kings to lose a valued penalty killer for a while and for the NHL to severely punish Torres, a multiple repeat offender under the league's often murky code of justice. Torres was suspended Wednesday pending an in-person hearing scheduled Thursday in New York with the NHL's Department of Player Safety.
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April 21, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
The NHL's decision to suspend Phoenix forward Raffi Torres for 25 games to punish his vicious hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa was surprising because previous disciplinary actions in the playoffs had been relatively modest and had been no more than four games. The verdict on Torres had the impact of a thunderclap - and not everybody agreed with it. Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who has suffered three concussions during his career, said Saturday he was gratified to see the league take harsh action against Torres, who has been punished several times for targeting opponents' heads.
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