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Blue Jackets fans start GoFundMe for John Tortorella foundation after fine


COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 15: Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella looks on during the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the St. Louis Blues at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH on November 15, 2019. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella was fined this $20,000 this week (with a conditional fine added on top of it) after he criticized the NHL and the on-ice officials for a time-keeping mistake in a recent loss.

Blue Jackets fans have decided to show support for their coach by starting a GoFundMe to raise money that will be donated to the John Tortorella Family Foundation.

(The GoFundMe is here)

During the Blue Jackets shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks this past week, an extra two seconds ran off the clock in overtime that were not put back on. That time-keeping decision ended up costing the Blue Jackets what would have been a buzzer-beating game-winning goal in overtime. They went on to lose in the shootout, while also losing starting goalie Joonas Korpisalo in the shootout. He will be sidelined for four-to-six weeks.

Tortorella went into a rage after the game in his press conference, resulting in his latest fine from the league. Tortorella expressed regret the next day.

The organizer of the GoFundMe says they will keep the account open until the end of the month.

As of Thursday night more than $3,800 has been raised.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.