According to TSN on Saturday, Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella publicly stated he will be cheering for Sweden in the gold medal game in men's hockey on Sunday when Canada faces Sweden at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Tortorella is pulling for Sweden because he expects Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis and goaltender Roberto Luongo, who are members of the Canadian national team, will not be playing for Canada on Sunday. It is expected Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock will be going with Montreal Canadiens defenseman and reigning Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban and goaltender Carey Price instead.
Team Sweden does have two Canucks on their roster who will be playing--star forward Daniel Sedin and defenseman Alexander Edler.
In the statement, Tortorella said, "I hope Daniel (Sedin) scores two, (Alex) Edler gets three assists and Sweden wins. So they come back feeling good about themselves because it's going to help us. That's all I'm concerned about right now, the Vancouver Canucks," Tortorella said to the Vancouver Province.
Well, I do not think the majority of people in Vancouver agree with Tortorella, based on Vancouver's support of team Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. It will be interesting to see what the reaction will be by Vancouver Canuck hockey fans toward Tortorella, who is American, for the rest of the National Hockey League season. In any rate, it does not seem to be a positive public relations time for the Canucks when their head coach is not supporting Team Canada.