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Tortorella hopes Sweden wins gold because Hamhuis, Luongo won’t play

Feb 22, 2014, 6:52 PM EDT

Tom Sestito, John Tortorella AP

Vancouver Canucks coach, and Boston native, John Tortorella could’ve had his loyalties split in Sunday’s gold medal game between Canada and Sweden because of the number of Canucks players on both teams.

Instead, Torts sounded off about not having a full boat of players at Canucks practice and very much prefers one team over the other as Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun shares.

“I hope Sweden wins because I don’t think Hammer [Dan Hamhuis] is going to play judging from what’s happened and I don’t think Louie [Roberto Luongo] is going to play,” said Tortorella. “So I don’t give a [bleep] right now because they’re not playing. I just want them back here. I hope Danny [Sedin] scores two goals and [Alex] Edler gets three assists and Sweden wins so they come back feeling good about themselves because it’s going to help us. That’s all I’m concerned about right now.”

Tell us how you really feel, coach.

Dan Hamhuis has been in Canada’s lineup but not playing many, if any, minutes in games as the seventh defenseman. Roberto Luongo has been backing up Carey Price through most of the Olympic tournament. Daniel Sedin and Alex Edler, meanwhile, have been getting steady play and minutes with Sweden.

Despite the harsh words, the takeaway from this is simple: If guys aren’t going to play, Tortorella would rather have them with him in Vancouver doing workouts and practicing with the team. He just has a very colorful way of saying that is all.

  1. canucks30 - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    At least he doesn’t provide the bland, cliched responses to questions that have come to characterize contemporary sports interviews.

  2. evermench - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Well Torts. Hope you’re prepared to be disappointed with a Swedish loss.

  3. cheliostwin - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    From my Red Wings fan point of view, I’m rooting for Sweden. The Canadian team has Dr. Babcock as the coach, Yzerman and Holland and GMs, they all won gold four years ago. If Sweden wins, 6 Red Wing players win gold, and Babcock, Yzerman and Holland will get silver medals to display alongside their gold medals.
    I’m afraid Canada will win, though, since Sweden is missing so many of their top forwards to injuries.

  4. canucks30 - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Re: “I’m afraid Canada will win, though, since Sweden is missing so many of their top forwards to injuries.”

    Steven Stamkos and John Tavares say hello

    • flyerspsu - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      True but Zetterberg and H Sedin are worth more to Sweden than Tavares, (who was playing 4th line minutes) and Stamkos would be to Canada, but definitely a valid point

    • vm113 - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      Z, H&D Sedin, and Backstrom are pretty much Sweden’s top 4 players, game changing players, so missing 3 of them will hurt more than Canada replacing every player on their current roster. Canada can replace one superstar with another, no biggie. Swedes cannot fill that void.

  5. bsaures - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Way to be diplomatic torts

  6. blomfeld - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:05 PM


    the thing I can’t understand is how could you Ranger fans ‘not’ have loved this guy ? … I’m a huge Kings fan as you know, albeit living in Vancouver … and yet I can attest that Torts might be funnier and even more ‘entertaining’ than coach Sutter ! … oh well, NY’s loss is Vancouver’s gain I suppose eh ? :)


  7. luz56 - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Cannot believe that someone who coaches Canadian players would openly support another country… Am I missing something?? Hope your just renting a home in Vancouver and didn’t buy…

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 23, 2014 at 5:58 AM

      Torts is supporting his Club team more than any one country. Frankly, I agree with Torts, I want Danny to score 3 goals and Edler to get the assists… GoCanucksGo…

  8. bigtganks - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    You do realize he coaches players on the Swedish, American, Swiss, and other teams as well as Canada, right?

  9. luz56 - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    bigtganks… Your right…I still find it disturbing when the majority of players, your home country, and the fans that pay the bills are Canadian

    • theoldgreybeard - Feb 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Yeah, we get the same feeling with the Jays and Raptors. WTF??

  10. straightouttavtown - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Carey Price stinks. What has he ever accomplished? Does he even have a .920 save percentage over a full season under his resume? He doesn’t deserve to start over Lu. Once again, typical Canadian mindset to disrespect Lu like this.

    • bsaures - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Yes he does take 10 seconds to look at his stats.

      He had a .971 save percentage in the tournament 3 GA the entire tournament. He shutout the 2nd and 3rd place team. He was hot going into the tournament with 2 SO in the last week. Canada made the right choice.

  11. jjholeinwall - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Hey Torts did you see the score!!! Why don’t you pack your bags and go to your favorite country Sweden. I am sure the Swedish Elite League is looking for a coach. Just to remind you Canada 3 Sweden 0!!!! Oh the gold of it.

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