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Torts warns Canucks on Twitter: ‘There better be nothing coming out of our locker room’

Sep 10, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT

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If John Tortorella had his way, none of the Vancouver Canucks would be using their Twitter accounts during the season.

No, not even Roberto Luongo (aka @strombone1), one of the most famous tweeters in the NHL.

But in an interview with Sportsnet (video), the fiery head coach, who’s attempting to become a tad more progressive, said he may have to meet his players “halfway” when it comes to things like Twitter.

“I think I’ve been a little behind as far as this social media and all the stuff that goes on with that,” said Tortorella.

“I do have a Twitter account, and I use it solely for charities. It was a huge success for some of the things we did with animal welfare in New York.

“But, quite honestly, I think that Twitter and tweeting is one of the most narcissistic things I’ve ever seen, as far as people saying, ‘I’m here doing this.’”

And just so you know he’s still Torts, he added this warning for his new troops: “There better be nothing coming out of our locker room, as far as what goes on there.”

Meanwhile, in Edmonton…

  1. 19to77 - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Luongo: “Aaaaand I’m out. Seriously, you people are f*cking ridiculous.”

    • kitshky - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Nah, Luongo’s account has never been anything but cracks, silly jokes, and and a glimpse into his off ice personality.

      If anything @strombone1 is a model twitter account for any professional … athlete or not.

      • elvispocomo - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        Yup, personality is great and Torts didn’t say he wanted them to stop tweeting altogether. So long as he isn’t tweeting inside locker info, Luongo’s twitter will be just as active as ever.

      • joey4id - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        We all think Luongo is so cool with his silly jokes and laid back attitude. I’ve seen this guy once in LA during a TV timeout joking with a fan a few rows behind the bench who was taunting him. Yeah! I thought it was cool that he didn’t take things too seriously. But! I think he bloody needs to stay focused this year and play like he’s worth 64 mil. Enough of trying to be a clown. WIN! And WIN BIG! No more excuses for his sub par performances and drama queen attitude.

      • 950003cups - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        You can pretty much guarantee which former Canuck will not be tweeting. Cory Schneider. Lou has a STRICT policy: NO TWEETING.

        I remember one time when an AHL goalie Mike McKenna got called up because someone (I think it was Marty) got injured, and he tweeted “Driving on 87 South” which is the road from Albany to NJ. The guy tweeted funny stuff all the time. Great sense of humor. That was his last tweet until he signed with another team. Adam Larsson tweeted something like “On my way to NJ” that was the last tweet which was deleted 2 years ago. Even Brodeur will only tweet something like “thank you for the support” when he breaks a record. Or “good luck to my son Anthony in the 2013 Draft”

        Lou don’t play. I think Tortorella will react harsh if he finds himself busy policing all his players’ tweets every day.

  2. elvispocomo - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    I’ve got no problem with Torts being against the players tweeting inside info from the locker room. He didn’t say anything about them tweeting other things though, whether it’s what they had for dinner, that they were happy after a win, or (in Luongo’s case) bathroom humour.

  3. cruuuzcontrol - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    … And so it begins! Enjoy that, Vancouver.

  4. joey4id - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    LMAO! :-) Because Torts is the moral compass when it comes to not airing your dirty laundry in public. You go! Torts! Show your players the high road. They’ll follow you into the burning pit. Not!

    • dropthepuckeh - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Exactly my thought. He’d also know a thing or two about narcism….

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        about what?

  5. thecheeman - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    This is already up there in contention for stupidest Torts thing ever. Who tweets out secret locker room information? You just tell a local reporter in confidence and that won’t change. Did any Flyers player ever tweet “Bryz sucks seriously. SMH”

    It’s a great sign for the Canucks that Torts already wants to make headlines for nothing.

  6. jpelle82 - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    he is right about it being narcissistic.

  7. psunick - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Coming from one of the most narcissistic coaches ever

    • avfanforlife - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:26 AM

      Thumb up x10

  8. lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Boy, Evander Kane better hope he never has to play for Torts…

    • einjzmolf - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      It’d be the best thing to ever happen to that immature clown.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:22 AM


  9. banger60 - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Wait until training camp opens, the story that just keeps on giving!

  10. matt14gg - Sep 10, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Almost as narcissistic as being an arrogant ass-hat at every press conference he holds.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      Not sure why you think the media deserves an ounce of respect…

      • matt14gg - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        Because without “the media” the NHL wouldn’t exist. Oh yeah, and they are people…with jobs to do…who are a big part of the reason players make so much money and anyone gives a s*** about the game.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:44 AM

        No they aren’t, you’re thinking of the fans. The media doesn’t pay for anything, free seats, free food, free travel.
        If you had knowledgeable contributors to the game with thoughtful analysis I’d probably agree with you but that isn’t the case.

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