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NHL fines John Tortorella $30K for “disgusting” comments

Jan 4, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

John Tortorella AP

John Tortorella apologized for his critiques of the Winter Classic officiating, but the NHL decided to hit him back in the wallet. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the league’s fine will make him $30,000 lighter.

Unlike the NHL’s many dirty hitters, it’s likely that Torts will learn from his lesson – or at least keep his zebra abuse to when he’s on the bench and not in front of the press.

Something tells us that this won’t keep him from being one of the most reliable sources for colorful quotes and flamboyant displays of boiling rage, though.

(And yes, we cannot wait to see how this whole scenario translates to the final episode of HBO 24/7’s coverage, either.)

Update: Puck Daddy’s Sean Leahy points out this interesting quote from Colin Campbell, which was eventually removed from

“There is no acceptable explanation or excuse for commentary challenging the integrity of the League, its officials or its broadcast partners,” Campbell said. “People can disagree with calls by officials on the ice, but even in instances of the utmost frustration there is no justification for speaking as inappropriately and irresponsibly as Mr. Tortorella did.”


  1. luckywi - Jan 4, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Can’t say I blame the league, but I loved and agreed with everything Tort’s said.

    • spiffy53 - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      you may have loved it, but the rangers are going to loathe it as the season wears on. go ahead and google the NHL player that tripped a ref during a game. it was also a little classless to the people that put so much into that game and every game in the league.

      • imleftcoast - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        Agree that $30k is meaningless, but Tortorella is going to regret this. You only have to look at the Bruins last year to see how getting all the calls can turn a middle of the pack team into Cup champions.

  2. farvefromover - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    I saw Tortorella in the bottom of the toilet when I dropped a heavy this morning

    • henste11 - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      Yes you did but you forget to tell eveyone he was on top of your girlfriend

      • farvefromover - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        That was weak considering Totorella was the turd in the sentence. But hey, its all good, I scrubbed your toothbrush under Patrick Ewings taint.

  3. henste11 - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    It’s no wonder that Torts was fined for hi comments. The league office stated players nor coaches could voice any objection over officials calls no matter how frustrating that can be. Peplecan complain all they want. As far as I know people have, and they wonder why some teams can’t get a good fan base. It’s not about winning or losing it’s the CRAPPY officiating this league has had for the last 5 or 6 years.
    People keep complaining they will not LISTEN. The top brass has there own agenda,and it has nothing to do with improving the game. This is a league that claims to have player safety first and foremost. I find it hard to believe that in pre lock out days if someone drew blood on a high stick they would get a major penalty now it’s just a double minor. I know it’s only a minute but when a team can score more than two goals and does a few times careless sticks will be cut down. et the convince you they are putting the playes first.

    • spiffy53 - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      name a sport where the officiating is not complained about? the games are too fast now and we have the benefit of multiple replays sitting on our sofa’s eating cheetos. beyond complaining, what do you want to do about it? and don’t just say “get new officials”. you would be a mess too out there.

      • warpstonebc - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:13 AM

        I don’t disagree. Officiating is tough in any sport. The NHL is pretty unique as a pro sport where enforcement of the rules doesn’t just change game to game but also dramatically between the regular season and the post-season.

        Really, the refs are in an impossible situation when the league office, coaches, players and fans all tacitly understand that the game has a sliding scale in the playoffs. How can you even give refs good feedback when you know the very same call they made in game 37 of the season does not apply in game 7 of the Eastern Final?

        It’s a very bizarre corner that pro hockey has backed itself into in the name of “tradition.”

  4. mtm1321 - Jan 4, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    I’m a huge Ranger fan and I’m not happy with Tort. This will just make the refs look harder at the Rangers and make it harder for them to play physical.
    All Tort did was bring my scrutiny down on his guys.

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