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Canucks' Tortorella has in-person hearing with NHL

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TSN.ca Staff
1/20/2014 6:50:50 PM
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Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella answered to the National Hockey League on Monday for his actions during Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames.

He had an in-person hearing in New York with the league with a substantial fine or suspension as possible outcomes. A decision from the NHL has yet to be announced.

NHL executive vice-president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell was the point person for the meeting in New York. 

"John knew that what he did was absolutely wrong but he says he did it for his team," Campbell said Monday evening.

"It was wrong for all coaches at all levels of the game in any sport. It wasn't right for coaches what John did. He may have done it for his team but he knows it was wrong. You just don't do that."

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger also reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly were expected to attend the proceedings.

Just two seconds into the Canucks' 3-2 shootout victory over the Flames on Saturday, all five skaters from each team on the ice for the opening faceoff were involved in a line brawl. When order was restored, all 10 players were given misconducts - eight of which forced combatants off the ice for the remainder of the game.

There were 150 penalty minutes assessed to both sides (81 to the visitors, 69 to the hosts) by the time the contest was 4 1/2 minutes old, owing to a second minor scrum a short time later.

In the aftermath of the fight, Tortorella could be seen yelling at the Flames bench and head coach Bob Hartley.

After the first period ended, television cameras caught Tortorella in an altercation just outside of the Flames locker room as he attempted to confront Hartley and the team once more.

"I can't put our players at risk that way. I'm not proud of it. I've apologized to all of the players involved," Tortorella said after the game. "The most important thing tonight is those two points."

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