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Canucks coach John Tortorella suspended 15 days

Monday, 01.20.2014 / 7:30 PM / News

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Canucks coach John Tortorella suspended 15 days
Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella has been suspended for 15 days, without pay, for his actions during the first intermission of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames, the NHL announced Monday.

NEW YORK -– Vancouver Canucks 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 Monday.

"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.

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