Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella
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John Tortorella Under Fire Following Trending Video Of Him On The Bench

Published March 2, 2024 at 6:40 PM
BY SAMER

Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella has long been known as one of the toughest old-school coaches in the entire NHL, but a recent video questions whether or not he took it a little too far.

John Tortorella Under Fire For His Actions On The Bench



In today's Flyers game, footage emerged of Tortorella berating 22-year-old Bobby Brink, sparking calls from fans on social media for the NHLPA to intervene.

the NHLPA needs to step in at this point




Brink saw limited ice time of just 9:56, as Tortorella opted to bench him after the incident.

During the post-game press conference, Tortorella was asked if he had considered putting Brink on the ice in the game's final minutes to gain experience in crucial moments.

"Not with the stupidity prior, no. [Brink] and Lycksell, not with the stupidity, they wouldn't see any ice."

Tortorella's actions stem from his care for his players, even if he comes across as tough.

"It's evident that Tortorella values Brink. He holds both Brink and the team to a standard. It's not about Tortorella attacking Brink; it's about a coach who genuinely cares."



While some view Tortorella's actions as excessive, others argue that this is simply coaching and a common occurrence in the NHL. Despite the controversy, Tortorella's tough approach has contributed to the Flyers unexpected success this season, with the team securing a playoff spot.

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