Rangers’ Coach Fined $30K For Comments After Winter Classic

4 Jan

The end of the Winter Classic was thrilling and nearly ended up in overtime thanks to penalty shot awarded to the Flyers. But John Tortorella thinks that script was prewritten. At last that’s what he said after the game.

Here are Tortorella’s comments in full.

“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 Gaby’s, and he gets pitchforked in the stomach and everything starts going against us. So for two good refs, I thought the game was reffed horribly. So I’m not sure what happened there. Maybe they wanted to get into overtime. I’m not sure if they had meetings about that or what. But we stood in there. We stood in there. And again, I don’t want to – because they are good guys. I just thought tonight, it was — in that third period, it was disgusting.”

Now Tortorella is penalized again. According to TSN, he has been fined $30,000 for those comments. The NHL confirmed that a fine was in place on Wednesday night.

“There is no acceptable explanation or excuse for commentary challenging the integrity of the League, its officials or its broadcast partners,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “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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