10/08/2015 16:03 EDT | Updated 10/08/2016 01:12 EDT

Sharks forward Raffi Torres apologizes for hit that led to 41-game suspension

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres says that "I am disappointed I have put myself in a position to be suspended again."

Torres isn't appealing his 41-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg in a preseason game. In a statement released by the team Thursday, Torres apologizes to Silfverberg and the Sharks.

He says that "I'm extremely thankful that he wasn't seriously injured as a result of the play."

It's the longest suspension in NHL history for a hit on another player. This marks the fifth and most significant suspension for Torres in his career.

He says: "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."

The Associated Press