John Tortorella suspended for 15 days for being ‘an embarrassment to the league’

John Tortorella, along with GM Mike Gillis, flew out to New York for an in-person hearing with Colin Campbell on Monday and, unsurprisingly, the NHL slapped Tortorella with a suspension without pay.

The suspension is for 15 days, which covers 6 games. Reportedly, Tortorella is to have no contact with the team during this time, a ban that seems almost entirely impossible to enforce. In any case, the Canucks have two former head coaches as assistants, as both Glen Gulutzan and Mike Sullivan have head coaching experience in the NHL, so the coaching position is in decent hands while Tortorella is out.

What is a little surprising is the language used by Campbell when talking about Tortorella’s actions.

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David Booth hunts for humanity, tweets scripture with many possible interpretations

There are two things about David Booth’s life off the ice that everyone knows: he’s a hunter and he’s a Christian. Booth hasn’t exactly been quiet about either aspects of his personal life, which has rubbed some Canucks fans the wrong way, making him the most controversial player on the Canucks roster. That’s before you even consider his on-ice performance, which hasn’t lived up to his contract.

On Sunday, however, Booth combined his love of hunting with his Christian charity in a way that is hard to dislike. He and the unfortunately-named charity Hunting for Humanity hosted a free meal for over 1000 people on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver where they served all wild game. The meal consisted of moose hotdogs, venison stew, and duck chili, with all the meat provide by BC hunters.

Leading up the event, Booth tweeted a passage from the Bible that was likely referring to the Hunting for Humanity event.

Thing is, the Bible is frequently misinterpreted and Booth provided no context whatsoever for his tweet, so he could have been referring to almost anything.

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Kevin Bieksa employs ‘photoshop defence’ to explain appearance in Flames’ hallway

From the CalgaryPuck.com forums. John Tortorella was called to New York on Monday morning to account for his actions on Saturday night, when he raced down the tunnel at the first intermission, then around the building to the Flames hallway so that he could fight his way through to Bob Hartley, Oldboy-style. You can’t do [...]

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Henrik Sedin will miss Tuesday’s game, iron man streak ends at 679 games

One of the most impressive aspects of Henrik Sedin’s career is his durability. When you consider the abuse the Sedins regularly take from defencemen, it’s truly remarkable how he has avoided injury in his career. Unlike his brother, who missed 18 games with a broken foot in 2009-10 and a few other games here or there with minor injuries, Henrik hasn’t missed a game since 2004, when he missed 4 games with an abdominal strain.

Henrik has played 679 straight regular season games, second only to Jay Bouwmeester among active ironman streaks. When you include his 75 playoff games in that time, he easily passes Bouwmeester, making his streak even more impressive.

Unfortunately, it will come to an end this week, as he will be held out of Tuesday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

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Kevin Bieksa won the faceoff: on the absurdity of the Canucks and Flames

Kevin Bieksa won the faceoff.

It’s difficult to know exactly where to begin when discussing last Saturday’s meeting between the Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames, an event one might call a hockey game, unless one had watched it. This thing opened with 152 minutes in penalties and nine ejections, and it was decided in a shootout. There was hockey in it, I concede, in much the same way there are carrots in shepherd’s pie, but it’s not called a carrot pie — there aren’t nearly enough carrots for that — and neither should this ice fight be given the classification, “hockey game”.

Anyway. As I was saying, it’s difficult to know exactly where to begin, which is why I’ve chosen to begin at the beginning.

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Big Numbers: penalty minutes, line brawls, and the shootout

Every now and then we like to take a break from all the words and just post some numbers. And some words describing the numbers, as otherwise it would just be a whole bunch of numbers with no context, which would be really weird. Big Numbers is a weekly feature on Pass it to Bulis in which we identify the numbers and statistics that really matter or, frequently, the ones that don’t matter at all but are still pretty interesting.

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