The NHL has suspended Canucks coach John Tortorella for 15 days following Saturday night’s events against the Calgary Flames.
“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,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “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.”
Tortorella’s suspension is effective retroactive to Sunday, January 19 and ends Sunday, February 2. He will miss six games and cannot have any interaction with the team during that time.
At the same time, Flames coach Bob Hartley has been fined $25,000 “for conduct prejudicial to or against the welfare of the League.”
“We are holding Mr. Hartley responsible for the actions of Flames’ right wing Kevin Westgarth, who took the game’s opening face-off and attempted to instigate a premeditated fight with an unwilling opponent — the Canucks’ Kevin Bieksa,” Campbell said.
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