Canucks’ Torts no fan of Twitter, ‘nothing but trouble' (with video)
New coach would prefer his players stay off the social media site
New Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella barks out instructions during the NHL team's training camp in Vancouver on Thursday.
Photograph by: Wayne Leidenfrost, PNG
VANCOUVER — New Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella absolutely despises Twitter and would prefer his players not use it.
"I think it's the most narcissistic thing I have ever seen, Twitter," Tortorella said Thursday at UBC, where the Canucks did on-ice fitness testing.
Tortorella said he won’t ban Twitter, but has warned his players they had better not be tweeting anything from inside the dressing room.
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"I am not going to handcuff them and treat them like little kids,” he said. “There better be no information come out of the locker-room with that damn Twitter. It’s nothing but trouble to me.”
Tortorella acknowledged his views clash with the increasing popularity of social media.
“I also respect that social media and all that stuff that we talk about, it’s part of that and I need to respect that and I am going to try and respect that. Our locker-room is our locker-room and I believe our guys understand that … I haven’t banned it. I am not going to treat them like little kids. I think it’s stupid.”
Reminded that he has his own Twitter account, @JohnTortorella2, Tortorella said he just uses the site for his family’s charity work.
“I think it is tremendous for charity work. It helped me tremendously with our dog walk out in New York and we raised a ton of money. But not for, ‘here I am, I’m having a roast beef sandwich, I am saying hello to my fans.’ That is just ridiculous.”
It will be interesting to see how some of the Canucks players react. Roberto Luongo, aka @strombone1, is a regular user of Twitter.
“I don’t even read Roberto’s,” Tortorella said. “I hope he stays out of it.”
Some fake Tortorella Twitter accounts have recently surfaced.
There’s a ton of them, I heard that,” Tortorella said. “My son told me that.”
He then asked reporters: “How are those going? Do you read them?”
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