NY, NY, United States (NewsBahn) – The NHL suspended Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella 15 days, or six games, for his actions during Saturday’s matchup vs. the Calgary Flames.
Tortorella tried to enter the opposing locker room in between periods after an in-game brawl between his team and the 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 Colin Campbell, senior vice president of hockey operations, in a statement. “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.”
Flames coach Bob Hartley was fined $25K for appearing to put his team into fighting mode at the opening faceoff, going with a fourth-line of ‘checkers’.
“We are holding Mr. Hartley responsible for the actions of Flames’ right wing Kevin Westgarth, who took the game’s opening faceoff and attempted to instigate a premeditated fight with an unwilling opponent — the Canucks’ Kevin Bieksa,” the NHL stated of the Flames coach.