Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella apologized for his action that led to a 15-day suspension, saying that he “let a lot of people down”.
“It hasn’t been a great two weeks. It’s been very embarrassing for my family, myself and more importantly everybody else around me that I’m supposed to represent,” said Tortorella, who will return to the bench Monday against the Detroit Red Wings after his suspension ended.
Tortorella was suspended without pay for charging the Calgary Flames locker room following the first period of a game Jan. 18 that included several fights.
In his absence, the Canucks have lost three consecutive games and went 2-4 in all. Vancouver is clinging to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Tortorella said he won’t be any less passionate behind the bench but acknowledged a need for a change.
“I have to make amends here by getting back at this. I’m going to be who I am. I just can’t go off the rails as I did,” he said.