Earlier today, Vancouver Canucks’ coach John Tortorella and Calgary Flames’ coach Bob Hartley, received their punishment from the NHL for their teams’ actions on January 18. The line brawl that started with the opening face-off was unbelievable.
The official release cited the reasons for former New York Rangers’ head coach, Tortorella’s suspension. The main reason for the suspension stems from his attempt to enter the Flames’ dressing room during the intermission.
Bob Hartley would not escape without punishment. Though minor, by comparison, a simple fine of $25,000 USD was assessed to the Flames’ coach. Hartley was required to turn in his starting line-up before the home team, so Tortorella was well aware of the Flames starting their fourth line.
When first hearing of this faceoff incident, you have to think back to 2011. Coach Tortorella, who was behind the New York Rangers bench, and New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer, exchanged faceoff pleasantries, where the latest came with a center ice brawl between the teams. Right from puck drop, the teams engaged one another, further igniting the rivalry.
Whether it is by design or for show, Coach Tortorella knows how to get under an opponent’s skin. Unfortunately, that might be his undoing. He is an emotional, passionate coach. He says what’s on his mind and is not in the business to make friends. His wears his emotions on his sleeves. However, this could be a liability. People and players may interpret his actions as unorthodox and rub people the wrong way. You may end up pushing away those who support you the most and want you to succeed. Change is difficult, but it can be done, coach Tortorella.
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