An American who coaches a Canadian team has apologized for cheering for a Swedish team during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Vancouver Canucks Head Coach John Tortorella got into hot water for saying this about the Gold Medal game…
“I hope Sweden wins because I don’t think Hammer is going to play judging from what’s happened and I don’t think Louie is going to play… So I don’t give a bleep right now because they’re not playing. I just want them back here. I hope Danny scores two goals and 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.”
Tortorella back-tracked on his comment today.
“If I have insulted anybody, that certainly wasn’t my intention and I think all of you know that… But it was a careless use of words and where I should be more cognizant. I want to clear that up.”
“My sole intent — and still is — was worrying about the Vancouver Canucks and the players (who were in the Olympics), how good they’re feeling,”
“As I said when I was hired here, it’s an absolute privilege to coach in Canada, and I still feel thatI love everything about it. I love the pressure. I love the scrutiny, all the second-guessing (and) all that stuff that comes with it. I couldn’t be happier and, to me, more complete as far as what I want to do as a coach and to coach in this country.”
I’d like to think that Tortorella will learn to think before he speaks but with his history, I don’t think that will ever happen.