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John Tortorella fined $30,000

Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:16 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 9:16 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

Rangers coach John Tortorella apologized on Wednesday for, in his words, tainting the Winter Classic with his mouth by suggesting that on-ice referees may have been trying to get the game to go into overtime for television drama by calling a penalty shot with less than 20 seconds to play in the third period of New York's 3-2 win.

That apology (which you can read here) did not stop the NHL from handing out a harsh fine on Wednesday evening. According to TSN's Daren Dreger, the league has fined Tortorella a whopping $30,000 for his remarks.

This is what Tortorella said (sarcastically, according to him) after Monday's game on the referees decision to award a penalty shot to the Flyers with just 19.6 secods to play in a one-goal game: "I'm not sure if NBC got together with the refs or what to turn this into an overtime game. It started with the non-call on Gabby's [Marian Gaborik] walk, he gets pitch-forked in the stomach and then everything starts going against us. For two good referees, I thought the game was reffed horribly. I'm not sure what happened there. Maybe they did want to get it to an overtime. I'm not sure if they have meetings about that or what. They're good guys, I just thought tonight, in that third period, it was disgusting."

Questioning the integrity of the game, whether it's in a joking manner or not, is obviously something the NHL (or any league, for that matter) is going to frown upon. And that's something that Tortorella paid a pretty heavy price to find out.

In a statement released by the league on Wednesday evening, Colin Campbell, the NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations, said "There is no acceptable explanation or excuse for commentary challenging the integrity of the League, its officials or its broadcast partners. People can disagree with calls by officials on the ice, but even in instances of the utmost frustration there is no justification for speaking as inappropriately and irresponsibly as Mr. Tortorella did."

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Comments

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 7:23 pm
 

John Tortorella fined $30,000

thanks, yeah ..he is a buddy of my friends on the force...got worked  real good but they said he is doing a lot better....stuff like that should not happen in any city Philly ,NY..etc.....its tough when you have fueled up fans on their home turf after a tough loss ..just sad that people take sports that far ..so you resort to assault!



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:49 pm
 

John Tortorella fined $30,000

Hey circa93. Sorry to hear that one of the Ranger fans that was beaten was a cop in your area. That brings the tragedy a little closer to home. We wish him a full and speedy recovery.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:40 pm
 

John Tortorella fined $30,000

I'm not a fan of either team, but I was thinking the same thing that Tortorella said after the game. It looked to me that the refs, NHL, NBC or some combination thereof clearly wanted this game to go into OT, and the refs did everything possible to make it make. Fortunately for the Rangers Lundqvist did everthing he could to prevent it.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:34 pm
 

John Tortorella fined $30,000

idiot i dvr`d the game Rupp was not offsides idiot..your allowed to strattle the line and was clearly onsides...actually asked a few people who ref semi pro hockey ..so gets your facts straight...!



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:31 pm
 

John Tortorella fined $30,000

I could not agree with you more...it so happened that the one guy they ended up assaulting was a Cop in my neighborhood,Woodbridge,NJ.....and apparently these lowlifes bragged about in on a sicial media site....karma is a bitch ...funny ..cause they call Philly the city of brotherly love?I beg to differ!



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:19 pm
 

John Tortorella fined $30,000

For anyone who missed the article on the Fliers fans attacking 2-Rangers fans after the Winter Classic !!!! What is happening with sportsfans these days? I read the well-written post earlier from Philly fan, MisterSimple74. I'm sure this Ranger fan could watch a Fliers game with him without having to worry about whether or not my life insurance was paid up !! Win or lose, I'm sure we could have a cold one after the game without violence. Hope these clowns are caught soon !!!






Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:11 pm
 

John Tortorella fined $30,000

Yeah because the video clearly shows the entire thing. It's one clip you don't know what happen before then and the only reason Philly gets a bad rep is because the media makes it first news on every site and news station. Every fan base acts the same they just don't report it. Yeah the cheesesteaks are as overrated as the city of new York. If new York had only one team for their city they would look just like the Philly teams. Mets, rangers, jets, Knicks. But since new York fans usually like to pick the top teams and then say new York has a history of championships.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:46 pm
 

Toiletdelphia

Anyone see the disgusting video of the Flyers fans violently attacking the Rangers fans outside of the cheesesteak hub in South Philly?  Typical of Philly fans, especially after a loss like this.  Big stage, division rival.  We've seen it before.  Losing their last home football game at the Vet, their opener at Lincoln Financial Field, and some key baseball playoff games over the last three seasons.  Most obnoxious and idiotic fan base in the nation.  They should just rename it Toiletdelphia already.  They love to brag and thump their chests.  But aside from a token championship in 2008, the sports history of that wretched city pales in comparison to New York, Chicago, Boston, and virtually every other major city in the US.  Hopefully it will remain that way for centuries to come.  And oh yes those cheesesteaks are extremely overrated, and again not much to be proud of.



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:36 pm
 

John Tortorella fined $30,000

wow rangers fans still crying after their team won. Gotta be the biggest homers about these penalties and are blind as well. Rangers net comes off goal post 3 times yet no call. Rangers off-sides on the 2nd goal yet no call. Rangers player dives into the crease when the flyers were clearly going to have a goal to tie the game and the defenseman covers it with his hand or atleast uses his hand to put it under his body..not ONE announcer or ref would agree that that shouldnt have been a penalty. Its the rules..and last but not least EVERY video angle shows callahan flopping to get a penalty once he feels the stick of timonens on him...he even grabs the stick to act like he cant get away, good call. All in all it was an evenly reffed game. Rangers fans just want to see it one way and not the other. 



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:34 am
 

John Tortorella fined $30,000

1. The call on the Rangers for dislodging the net late in the game was terrible to put it mildly. 2 The matching penaltys that were called were called a little later was just as bad. 3 Then came the penalty shot that TV showed from every angle and you could tell not for sure who covered the puck, the player or the goalie. I've been a fan of hockey for many years and the violant turn that it seems to have taken in the last couple of years is to bad. There only seems to be one team in the league that plays the game the way it was meant to be played and thats the Red Wings. For the rest of the teams it seems to be the toughfest team on the ice wins and I don't think thats anywhere in the rules of the game..


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