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Tortorella apologizes for pulling for Sweden in Olympic men's gold medal game

John Tortorella
John Tortorella
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According to the Canadian Press on Tuesday, Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella has apologized for saying he was cheering for Sweden in the men's hockey gold medal game at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Tortorella who is American, but coaches a National Hockey League team in Canada's third largest hockey city, was pulling for Sweden because Swedish players of Vancouver Canuck property, Daniel Sedin and Alexander Edler, were prominent members of Sweden's silver medal winning squad. Meanwhile, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was only backing up Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis was only the seventh defenseman for team Canada in their 3-0 gold medal victory against Sweden on Sunday.

This is not the first time Tortorella has had to apologize for his comments or actions. Tortorella was recently suspended for approaching the Calgary Flames' locker room during the intermission of a game in Vancouver.

The Canucks meanwhile will be playing their first game after the 2014 Olympic Winter Games this evening against the St. Louis Blues. They are currently one point back of the Dallas Stars for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.