Posted January 20, 2014

John Tortorella suspended 15 days for role in altercation with Flames

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John Tortorella tried to enter the Flames' locker room on Saturday during an altercation. (Jeff Vinnick/NHL)

John Tortorella tried to enter the Flames’ locker room on Saturday during an altercation. (Jeff Vinnick/NHL)

Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella has been suspended 15 days without pay by the NHL for his role in an altercation with members of the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

The league announced the suspension Monday night. Tortorella will miss six games. The suspension means that he cannot have any interaction with his club prior to, during or after games.

“Mr. Tortorella’s actions in attempting to enter the Calgary Flames locker room after the first period were both dangerous and an embarrassment to the League,”  NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said in a statement on Monday. “Coaches in the NHL bear the responsibility of providing leadership, even when emotions run high, and Mr. Tortorella failed in his responsibility to the game.”

The NHL also announced it had fined Flames head coach Bob Hartley $25,000 for his role in the fracas. The league said it was holding Hartley responsible for the actions of right wing Kevin Westgarth, who began the game by instigating a fight.

Tortorella had to be restrained on Saturday from going into the Flames’ locker room during the first intermission of the Canucks’ matchup with the Flames. The two teams had played through a heated first period of action. As soon as the referee dropped the puck to open the game, all 10 skaters on the ice began brawling. That brawl alone led to eight ejections and 152 penalty minutes, and the teams added 18 more penalty minutes before the period ended.

Here’s video of Tortorella being restrained on Saturday:


13 comments
pmccnn
pmccnn

Tortorella is a punk. He's good for about three years then everybody in the organization is worn out with his antics. This time, he may not make it to three years. 

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

They should have let him into the locker room...

ianforbes
ianforbes

So a coach gets 15 games for trying to enter a dressing room and a player can practically decapitate another player and only get half of that. Yup, makes perfect sense to me.

ianlinross
ianlinross

Torts did this stunt against Pete Deboer twice. About time the league hammered him. How can his team stay disciplined if the coach has no self control?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Hockey is buffoonish to the point of nullity. I guess it will keeps its long time fans, but it will win very few new ones. Another generation and it will die out completely.

GeoffreyHolland
GeoffreyHolland

Torts made a mistake, but Hartley (and his boss Burke) deserve the blame here. A 25K fine is pointless. 

mkmck69
mkmck69

@ianforbes It's 15 days, not games...and a coach is held to a higher standard. They are supposed to be setting an example.

Goon
Goon

@Rickapolis  Funny, that's almost exactly what I think about your incessant comments on absolutely every topic - buffoonish to the point of nullity.  But I usually just say they're silly and pointless.

TiredOfCliches
TiredOfCliches

@RickapolisIf you don't like the sport, why read the article?  You're not going to convince any fans to change their minds.  Get lost, troll.

swampdonkeysp
swampdonkeysp

Playing multiple sports growing up I can say hockey takes the greatest skill of American sports, its not childish like baseball when the whole bench clears and nothing happens. By the way hockey is doing better than basketball in attendance.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@RickapolisBecause a coach went off?   Baseball managers get to go on the field, tossing tantrums, hats, and bases; football coaches get to run up and down the sidelines yelling and screaming; many basketball coaches do the same: are those sports on the brink of extinction?  Hockey is not going away.