Skip to main content

Headlines

Embarrassed Rangers coach Tortorella regrets throwing water

NHL.com @NHL

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - New York Rangers coach John Tortorella says he embarrassed the organization by throwing a water bottle into the crowd during a playoff game in Washington.

In his season-ending sitdown with reporters, Tortorella showed contrition for his actions that earned him a suspension for Game 6 of New York's seven-game loss to the Capitals.

"It's a bad mistake by me," Tortorella said. "I regret it. I put the New York Rangers organization in an embarrassing situation. I'm embarrassed by it. I am an intense person, which is a positive, but it also turns into a negative sometimes."

At 6:33 of the third period of Friday's 4-0 loss in Game 5, Tortorella got into a verbal confrontation with a fan behind the bench.

A video replay showed the coach heaving a water bottle into the crowd. Tortorella then grabbed forward Aaron Voros' stick and held it high, waving it in the fan's direction.

View More

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.