Pittsburgh Penguins Are Whiners? The Five Biggest Tantrums Of John Tortorella’s Career

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Then there is the infamous attempt by John Tortorella, who was the Vancouver Canucks head coach at that time, to enter the Calgary Flames locker room for mano a mano action with Flames head coach Bob Hartley. 

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  • This all stemmed from the fact that Torts took umbrage with Hartley’s questionable starting lineup and responded in kind.

    Five simultaneous fights weren’t enough to quell Tortorella’s rage, however, so he upped the ante by attempting to get at Hartley off the ice near the Flames’ locker room.

    What would’ve happened if Torts had gotten face-to-face with Hartley, or Flames goalie coach Clint Malarchuk had gotten to Torts? It would have been mighty ugly for the league. As it stands, it’s a pretty sore spot to begin with.

    That escalation cost John Tortorella a fifteen game suspension. It may have cost the Canucks their season and ultimately lost Torts his job in Vancouver.

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