Blue Jackets head coach Tortorella fined $25K US for conduct with media
Answered 2 questions before walking out on reporters after series loss to Lightning
The NHL fined Columbus head coach John Tortorella $25,000 US on Tuesday for his conduct during a media session after the Blue Jackets' season-ending loss last week to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Blue Jackets were eliminated from the playoffs with a 5-4 overtime loss in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round series on Aug. 19.
Tortorella spent less than a minute with reporters after the game, answering two questions before walking out.
"You know what guys, I'm not going to get into the touchy-feely stuff and the moral victories and all that," Tortorella said after a question about his team's experience in the Toronto bubble. "You guys be safe."
According to The Athletic, the 62-year-old Tortorella has been fined $162,000 US during his 19-year NHL coaching career with the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks and Blue Jackets.
In handing down the fine, the NHL was collecting on a "conditional" one issued in January after Tortorella criticized officials and the league for what he perceived as a time-keeping error in a Dec. 29 loss to Chicago. He was required to go the rest of the year without any conduct offences to avoid the fine.
Tortorella is one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award for the league's best coach.
WATCH | Tortorella's expletive-laden media conference in January:
With files from The Associated Press