Chat with Raffi Torres

By Joe Muccia

Raffi Torres and Jason Krog were recently called up to the Islanders from the Bridgeport SoundTigers, which allowed HF to interview one of the best prospects in the Islanders system in Raffi Torres.

Hockey’s Future: When did you get the word you had been called up?
Raffi Torres: I got the word on the bus, I was pretty excited, it was right after the game last night.

HF: Does it help to come here and see guys like Krog and Kolnik in the lockerroom?
RT: Definitely, it helps to have guys I’ve been playing with in Bridgeport here on the Island with me.

HF: What are you going to be thinking when you are standing there and the anthem’s playing?
RT: It’s going to be unbelievable and so exciting. I can’t wait.

HF: Do you have any idea who Peter Laviolette (Islanders Head Coach) might put you on the ice with? Maybe someone like Dave Scatchard who plays a style similar to yours?
RT: I have no clue really, I just want to be ready to play with whomever they put me out there with.

HF: How’s Bridgeport been treating you?
RT: Its great. The team and the city have been great.

HF: Do they (the Isles and SoundTigers) use a similar coaching style?
RT: I’m not really sure yet. I haven’t really been able to find out how Laviolette is, but I know he expects the best out of us and I just want to play well (for the Isles).

HF: Well Raffi, congratulations on your call-up and good luck.
RT: Thanks, thanks alot.

Raffi was raring to go. Later that evening, wearing #16, Torres skated out for the opening face-off with Dave Scatchard and Alexei Yashin. He played a high energy game for the Isles, mostly on a line with Jason Krog and Steve Webb. During his seven minute, 13-shift assault on the Ducks, he dished out several excellent hits and later forced a turnover that led to Roman Hamrlik’s game-tying goal in the first period. Sunday he was returned to the SoundTigers, where he has eight goals and four assists in 19 games. If he keeps playing the way he is, his next stop on Long Island could be a bit more permanent.