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Flyers coach John Tortorella was kicked in the face by his horse

Flyers coach John Tortorella was kicked in the face by his horse

It’s been a rough week for Philadelphia Flyers coach John Tortorella.

During Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jackets, Tortorella wore a large gash under his left eye, the result of an apparent horse strike incident.

Seconds the emission, Tortorella has been kicked in the face by his horse, and thinks his nose is broken. Tortorella, who owns three horseshas been open about his passion for animal protection.

“It was a horse-kicking incident,” ESPN analyst and former Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher said on the broadcast. by phillyhockeynow.com. “… He said he was very lucky; it could have been a lot worse.”

Late in the first period of Philadelphia’s eventual 5-4 loss to Columbus, the team’s fourth straight loss, the coach took a jab when Boucher asked him to assess his team’s start to the game after conceding the first goal.

Flyers coach John Tortorella was kicked in the face by his horse
Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella with a gash on his face during a game against the Blue Jackets on Nov. 15, 2022.
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“We get hurt,” he said. “We didn’t precheck, we didn’t do anything right now.”

When asked what he wanted to see different outside of his club, Tortorella said, “Forecheck,” before ripping off his headphones to end the quick interview.

Tortorella is known for speaking his mind. Two weeks earlier, the former Rangers coach cursed the Toronto Maple Leafs from the bench, seeming to scream“f–k off, you motherf–ker” after a Zach Aston-Reese goal.

Flyers and Blue Jackets playing on November 15, 2022.
Flyers and Blue Jackets playing on November 15, 2022.
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Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella during the second period of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on November 10, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio.
Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella during the second period of a game against the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
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The Flyers face the Bruins on Thursday.





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