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Diverted flight really triggered Tortorella’s fear of flying

World Cup Of Hockey 2016 - Media Day

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 15: Team USA head coach John Tortorella answers questions during Media day at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Air Canada Centre on September 15, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

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The way Columbus Blue Jackets executive John Davidson tells it, the Columbus Blue Jackets needing to divert their flight to Chicago was just a matter of following “protocol.”

He informed the Columbus Dispatch’s Tom Reed that no one was losing their cool.

“Not at all, honest to God,” Davidson said. “They said everything was fine. I wouldn’t (BS) you. It was actually quite normal. They would rather go back than have an issue.”

John Tortorella ... well, he tells a different story to Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch:

Portzline notes that Tortorella has a fear of flying ... so you can understand why he said that he (figuratively?) soiled himself.

On the bright side, such talk makes you think that Torts and his former goalie Roberto Luongo could find common ground.