Following last night’s brawl between the Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames, John Tortorella decided he wanted to keep things going and confronted the Flames in their locker room hallways following the first period. The intermission confrontation has led to the NHL not only calling a meeting with Tortorella, but the Canucks head coach will have to explain his actions in person with the league.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the NHL has called an in-person meeting with Tortorella following last night’s incident.
John Tortorella will have an in-person hearing tomorrow in New York. Substantial fine and suspension both possible. #TSN
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 19, 2014
The conversation will likely involve the initial brawl that happened, which seemed like a scene right out of Slapshot, but Tortorella’s confrontation of the Flames outside their locker room will be the focus of the meeting. As Dreger pointed out, the fact that the meeting is happening in person likely means that the punishment will be much more severe.
A fine is expected at the very least, but many believe that Tortorella could face a suspension for his actions. It’s not just unbecoming of an NHL coach to confront a team like this, the league is going to focus on the personality of the head coach who behind he confrontation and Tortorella’s track record in that department isn’t working in his favor.