Say what you will about John Tortorella, but the man is clearly passionate, both about the sport and his country.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets coach told ESPN that when the anthem plays at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, any player attempting to 'stand' or 'sit' with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protest will not be playing.
“If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game,” he said.
It only makes sense, especially in an international event such as this where players are competing on behalf of their country. There is an element of pride on the line.