Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella fined for walking out of post-game news conference after two questions

Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella was fined $25,000 by the NHL for his conduct during media availability after Game 5 of their first-round series, the league announced Tuesday. 

After the Blue Jackets were ousted by the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 on Aug. 19, a frustrated Tortorella sat for two questions at the postgame news conference, which was conducted over Zoom, then abruptly left.

A reporter asked Tortorella how he felt about his players' experience in the league's quarantine bubble in Toronto.

Tortorella responded: "You know what, guys? I’m not going to get into the touchy-feely stuff and the moral victories and all that. You guys be safe.”

He then got up and left.

The NHL said the fine is the collection of a conditional fine assessed Jan. 1.

Tortorella has been fined $162,000 during his NHL coaching career, which has spanned nearly 20 years, according to The Athletic's Aaron Portzline.

Source: Read Full Article