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Canucks put kibosh on 'Free Torts' t-shirts

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09:44 AM ET 01.25 | Fan support for a suspended head coach is one thing, but selling T-shirts with John Tortorella's likeness is a no-no in the eyes of the Vancouver Canucks. Tortorella was suspended 15 days without pay by the NHL on Monday for venturing outside the Calgary Flames dressing room and confronting the team during the first intermission of last Saturday's game. That same day, the hashtag #FreeTorts began trending on Twitter. Two Canucks fans went a step further by creating the website freetorts.com that sold "Free Torts" T-shirts -- which retailed for $20 -- to show their support for the banned bench boss. They even donated $1 from the sale of each shirt to The John & Christine Tortorella Family Foundation. But there was only one problem: the Canucks apparently didn't like the use of Tortorella's likeness on the shirt and asked the fans to stop selling them.

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January 25, 2014  09:48 AM ET

Not as catchy as 'Free Willy'.

January 25, 2014  09:56 AM ET

Free Tortillas?

January 25, 2014  09:59 AM ET

Happy Robbie Burns Day.

January 25, 2014  10:06 AM ET

Say what you want about the guy but ya gotta respect the man for this....

http://www.tortorellafoundation.org/

January 25, 2014  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Say what you want about the guy but ya gotta respect the man for this....http://www.tortorellafoundation.org/

Yeah, sure. Under any other circumstances and away from the game, I greatly admire the man and his family. God bless 'em for what they do! But ... before we get all misty-eyed (sniff, sniff!), let's get back to Tortafella - the coach and his Three Fingers. ;-)

January 25, 2014  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Not as catchy as 'Free Willy'.

I'll go for a "Free Torts" wet T-shirt contest!

Ummm. On the other hand ... the sight of wet Swedish Twins wearing them doesn't sound right. Let's limit the experiment to the Canucks 'Ice Girls,' shall we?

Ummm. That doesn't sound right either! Half of the Canucks hockey team would qualify!

The hell with the wet T-shirts!

January 25, 2014  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Say what you want about the guy but ya gotta respect the man for this....http://www.tortorellafoundation.org/

I like him even more now.

January 25, 2014  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Happy Robbie Burns Day.

Nice win over the Habs last night Canuck, the kids are really flying.

January 25, 2014  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Nice win over the Habs last night Canuck, the kids are really flying.

Yes it was and as To***to wasn't playing I actually got to see it.

January 25, 2014  10:38 AM ET

I'm thinkin' "FREE OILER FANS" might be a big seller.

January 25, 2014  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I'm thinkin' "FREE OILER FANS" might be a big seller.

I think they are waaaayyy too frozen ... by weather and team performance to be moved one way or another at this point!

January 25, 2014  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I'm thinkin' "FREE OILER FANS" might be a big seller.

They sent James Bulger down here to serve his sentence. The ''Free Whitey'' t-shirts didn't go over either.

January 25, 2014  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Not as catchy as 'Free Willy'.

Absolutely magnificent animals. I live in a part of the world that allows me to see them in the wild a couple of times a year if I'm lucky. Nothing like it. :o)

January 25, 2014  12:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I'm thinkin' "FREE OILER FANS" might be a big seller.

It might be. I'm sure no one would pay for an Oiler fan.

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January 25, 2014  01:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Not as catchy as 'Free Willy'.

He's got 'Torts in his shorts' copyrights sewed up? Toto is so much more appropriate - that's the biggest porcelain throne maker in Japan.

January 25, 2014  01:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

He's got 'Torts in his shorts' copyrights sewed up? Toto is so much more appropriate - that's the biggest porcelain throne maker in Japan.

LOL, nice.

January 25, 2014  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

It might be. I'm sure no one would pay for an Oiler fan.

The time has come for a franchise name and colours change, or, new ownership and upper management - take your pick. 8 years in the basement is enough punishment

January 25, 2014  02:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Happy Robbie Burns Day.

Back at you Canuck.

 
January 25, 2014  02:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Say what you want about the guy but ya gotta respect the man for this....http://www.tortorellafoundation.org/

That is great work his foundation does.

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