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John Tortorella Suspend For 15 Days, Bob Hartley Fined $25K

NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2014) – Vancouver Canucks Head Coach John Tortorella has been suspended for 15 days, without pay, for his actions during the first intermission of NHL Game No. 735 in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 18, the National Hockey League announced today.

"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."

Mr. Tortorella's suspension is effective retroactive to January 19 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 2.  He will miss six games.  He is not permitted to have any interaction with his Club prior to, during or after games.

NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2014) – Calgary Flames Head Coach Bob Hartley has been fined $25,000 for his responsibility for the incident that took place off of the opening face-off of NHL Game No. 735 in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 18, the National Hockey League announced today. The fine was issued in accordance with By-Law 17.3 (a) for conduct prejudicial to or against the welfare of the League.

 In issuing the suspension, NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell stated: "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."

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

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Jennemy of the Skate's avatar

Why wasn’t Torts fined? 15 days without pay isn’t the same as being fined for his actions. He was so out of control. I don’t see what Hartley did to warrant being fined. He played a line that Torts didn’t like but so what? If Westgarth instigated, then fine or suspend him. But Torts took it waaaaay too far. I though Hartley acted with much more class.

Posted by Jennemy of the Skate from the bar car on the stress train on 01/20/14 at 08:37 PM ET

Paul's avatar

JS, Elliotte Friedman just tweeted..

Checked with a couple of sources about how coaching fines work. Was told Tortorella would lose 15/365th of his salary.

So, it’s four per-cent of his yearly wage, probably around $50,000 more than Hartley got today.

On a side note, hope all is well.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/20/14 at 08:40 PM ET

Jennemy of the Skate's avatar

Hi Paul!
Thanks for the info. I wonder if that portion of his lost salary is also donated to the NHL Foundation? All is well! Thanks for asking. I hope you’re doing well!

Posted by Jennemy of the Skate from the bar car on the stress train on 01/20/14 at 08:57 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

“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,”

LOL!!!!!!!!!
So the fiasco that took place on the ice was fine, but Torts attempting to infiltrate the Flames dressing room wasn’t?????

The NHL is THE best league in the world for talking out of both sides of its mouth, hahaha!

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/20/14 at 09:04 PM ET

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So the fiasco that took place on the ice was fine

Who said that?  Hartley was fined, Tortorella suspended.  How does that compute as “the fiasco that took place on the ice was fine”?

Posted by Garth on 01/20/14 at 09:20 PM ET

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I don’t see what Hartley did to warrant being fined.

His actions started the entire fiasco.  He put out players with intention of either forcing Tortorella to put out his fighters or have his top lines get best up or hurt.

Hartley’s no innocent party here.

Posted by Garth on 01/20/14 at 09:23 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Who said that?  Hartley was fined, Tortorella suspended.  How does that compute as “the fiasco that took place on the ice was fine”?

Please correct me if I’m wrong,  but has the NHL released any statement regarding what transpired on the ice?

I’m asking that as an honest question (not trying to be a smart ass).

If they have, then I retract my statement.

I’m just saying that Torts going after Hartley is, in my mind, not even close to being as embarrassing to the league and sport than what occurred on the ice.

 

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/20/14 at 09:53 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

... has the NHL released any statement regarding what transpired on the ice?

Yes.

In issuing the suspension, NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell stated: “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.”

Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/21/14 at 01:54 AM ET

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