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Video: Don Cherry sounds off on John Tortorella suspension

Jan 25, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

Don Cherry addressed the John Tortorella suspension during his seven-minute segment Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday.

Cherry said the ban of 15 days, equal to six games, levied on Tortorella by the National Hockey League on Monday was “too much.”

Tortorella, the fiery Canucks’ head coach, received the supplemental discipline after charging over to the Calgary Flames’ dressing room during the first period of last Saturday’s fight-filled affair at Rogers Arena.

Television cameras caught Tortorella in the middle of a scuffle in the hallway just outside the Flames dressing room, with players jammed up in the tunnel looking on.

Tortorella was angry with Flames head coach Bob Hartley for starting his tough guys Brian McGrattan and Kevin Westgarth. He countered a lineup that included Tom Sestito and Dale Weise. The result: a line brawl off the opening faceoff.

Hartley was fined $25,000 by the NHL for his role in the brawl. Flames interim general manager Brian Burke also voiced his disagreement with the fine, saying he was “perplexed” by the league’s decision.

Burke later added during a public lecture to law students at the University of Calgary: “…we all know the Canucks started it.”

  1. bobhpine - Jan 25, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Brian Burke, Don Cherry and John Tortorella all in the same post…three of the most reprehensible humans in hockey

    • colby7 - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      Also the triple threat of guaranteed page views.

  2. cspsrbums - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Don Cherry is an Idiot. Torts was going into another teams locker room he should of got more.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 25, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      No he wasn’t, it was all an act. It’s the same thing as when some guy acts tough when everyone is holding him back and there’s no chance of anything happening.

      • mp1131211 - Jan 25, 2014 at 11:32 PM

        He might not have been *in* the locker room, but it was still more than just an act. He had McGrattan’s glove on him. McGrattan could have flattened him in one swipe. Not exactly just an act. He was out of control.

      • esracerx46 - Jan 25, 2014 at 11:39 PM

        What if the people holding him back weren’t there? What if Mcgrattan lights torts up? What if flames players didn’t hold Malarchuk back? Torts made an unnecessary scene at a time that wasn’t part of the game. He embarrassed himself, but more importantly he gave the league yet another black eye. I don’t buy the it was an act he was sticking up for his players crap at all. If Calgary wants to act like goons fine, score some goals with your skilled players. Don’t act like a child and go make a scene and hop someone holds you back.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        Why would this give the league a black eye? Because a coach got in a screaming match with the other team? Grow up

        He wasn’t out of control. He knew exactly what he was doing, obviously it was stupid but don’t act like he was out to murder Hartley.

      • jasminedonut - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        I wish McGrattan flattened that Rat-Face in.

      • mp1131211 - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        I’m not sure it was a black eye… I think the league is just trying to maintain a standard of professionalism. Obviously nothing happened, but you can’t have coaches or players approaching opposing teams off ice. period.

        But I do think he was out of control. If he knew exactly what he was doing, you are saying that he intentionally got himself suspended. EVERYONE knew he was in for a suspension as soon as it happened. I think he wouldn’t have done that if he had thought about it with a cool head. He was just irritated because Hartley wouldn’t look at him on the bench. Hartley got under his skin and he lost his cool, and I think, the battle. While Hartley got the fine, its Torts that has been the ongoing scene. He wasn’t out to take down Hartley, but he was there to make Hartley listen to him because he just couldn’t stand it that Hartley didn’t get fired up on the bench.

  3. bigoldorcafromvan - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    If Bob Harley had any twins between his legs he would have acknowledged Torts and stood up for himself at the moment after the brawl and this wouldn.t happened.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      I don’t understand how he’s supposed to stand up for himself? Last time I checked, coaches don’t start slugging it out at center ice so other than screaming at Torts, there really isn’t anything for Hartley to do.

      • skr213 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:10 AM

        No, but he wouldn’t even look at Torts as Torts was yelling at him. Torts went all the way over to the gap between the benches and was yelling at Bob, and Bob was like a 10 year old kid scared to look at the bully who’s yelling at him.

    • mp1131211 - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Hartley played it awesome. What would yelling at each other have done. Hartley won, Torts lost.

  4. esracerx46 - Jan 25, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Hartley was trying to win a hockey game. He knows Torts is a half step away from insanity at any given moment. If the coach loses his mind chances are his team does the same and is no longer interested in winning the game. I have no problem with the fourth line starting the game. I have a little bit of an issue with a right winger taking the faceoff. That said, Tortorella did what he has done in the past. Lose his mind and start his fourth line.

    If Henrik can’t start against the fourth line he shouldn’t play that game period. Regardless of who starts, at some point in the game the Sedin line would play the Flames fourth line. If Calgary is going to start their rough line against whoever you choose, personally I’d choose to control the puck and put the puck on net on inferior players. Tortorella had time to call Hartley before the game if he had issue with the lineup. Not make an ass of himself. Hartley “engaging” Tortorella does nothing to calm Torts down. He’s crazy no matter what.

  5. deezenucks - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    You guys are lame, hockey needs characters like this. How bout y’all man up. In almost every level of junior hockey you walk past the other teams dressing room and this is common place, I loved this stuff when I played from novice up to junior. Everything is so cliche and repetitive, but I’m sure most you guys never actually laced em up and I’m offended that your offended by this.

    • skr213 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:17 AM

      I’m offended by your inability to correctly use *your* versus *you’re*, but then again I probably just didn’t “lace ’em up” as much as you.

    • mp1131211 - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      So basically you’re saying its bush league

  6. deezenucks - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    Seriously, grow a pair or you guys can go work for PETA. This world is getting soft, people whine about the most unnecessary things. I’m not embarrassed at all and I guarantee his players love him for it.

    • skr213 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:11 AM

      So fighting for the rights of animals equates to not having balls? That makes sense … somehow?

  7. murtdurt - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    Uh oh grammar police are out!! ^^ people like you correcting others iPhone posts are what’s really wrong with the world. It’s a hockey blog not grade 9 English.

  8. banger60 - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Thanks Don.

  9. basedrum777 - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Torts is an idiot but I don’t mind him getting pissed at what seemed like a needless line brawl. Have the Canucks done something to the flames before?

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