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MAJOR: Gary Bettman hands down an unprecedented penalty to John Tortorella with a suspension, and there's more

Published March 10, 2024 at 8:12 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

It seems to take a very vicious hit to get suspended, but words and certain off-ice actions can also lead to exemplary penalties.

For a head coach to be suspended, it takes a lot. In fact, for him to be ejected from a game, it takes something very major, and it happened to none other than John Tortorella on Saturday night.

The issue is that he refused to leave and continued to berate the officials. Here's the sequence:




The NHL has finally made a decision, and such actions are not tolerated. Torts has received a two-game suspension and a $50,000 fine, ouch!

While the Flyers are in the midst of a playoff push, Gary Bettman dared to make this decision. It really does not sit well with everyone.

'One thing I would like to say: I really believe this is a case where we should hear from the officials. I don't think it benefits anyone – including the officials in this case – that we can't hear what happened here.' - Elliotte Friedman, who rarely expresses an opinion.

Of course, we won't get more details on the situation. Bettman was keen to protect his referees as he always does.

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MAJOR: Gary Bettman hands down an unprecedented penalty to John Tortorella with a suspension, and there's more

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