Two Vancouver men, Trevan Lepage and Dan Skology, decided to enter the t-shirt business when Canucks coach John Tortorella was handed a 15-day suspension for his actions after the 1st intermission during the game against the Calgary Flames.
Once the suspension was handed out, Canucks fans took to social media and the hashtag #FreeTorts became a popular rallying cry for many fans that believed the punishment was unjust.
Lepage and Skology decided to create a t-shirt with the an image of Torts and the words “Free Torts” on the front. The shirts were sold at FreeTorts.com.
On Thursday, they received a call from a Canucks spokesperson requesting the website be shut down and that they stop selling the shirts because the two were using the likeness of a member of the Canucks organization for personal profit.
The Canucks as a business have the right to enforce that, However, the majority of the fans see this is a ridiculous move by the Canucks organization.
The two individuals agreed to stop selling the shirts but kept the website live. The remaining shirts will be donated to a Downtown Eastside charity.