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Vancouver Canucks Coach John Tortorella Suspended 15 Days By Nhl

aMr. Tortorellaas actions in attempting to enter the Calgary Flames locker room after the first period were both dangerous and an embarrassment to the league,a NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said in announcing the suspension. aCoaches in the NHL bear the responsibility of providing leadership, even when emotions run high, and Mr. Tortorella failed in his responsibility to the game.a Tortorella blamed Flames coach Bob Hartley for starting his fourth line, saying he couldnat put star players Daniel and Henrik Sedin at risk just to deflate the situation. Hartley was fined US$25,000 by the NHL. aWe are holding Mr. Hartley responsible for the actions of Flamesa right wing Kevin Westgarth, who took the gameas opening fitness face-off and attempted to workout instigate a premeditated fight with an unwilling opponent a the Canucksa Kevin Bieksa,a Campbell said. This is the second career suspension for Tortorella, who missed Game 6 of the 2009 Eastern Conference quarter-finals as coach of the New York Rangers for throwing a water bottle into the stands in Washington. Tortorellaas suspension begins Tuesday night with Vancouveras game at the Edmonton Oilers and runs through Feb.
Source: http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Vancouver+Canucks+coach+John+Tortorella+suspended+days/9409663/story.html

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