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My Apology to John Tortorella

I would like to issue my sincerest apologies to John Tortorella, the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

After game two of the 2016-2017 season, yes game two, I was ready to write off Tortorella and the Blue Jackets.

I saw a glimpse of that terrible, disastrous season they had last year – eight straight losses and a coaching change. I saw this team spiraling in the same direction. I felt you were not the coach for this team, not the coach that was going to bring my team out of the basement. I know two games is a microscopic sample size, but I don’t think my fandom could handle another disappointing season. I was just about to give up hope.

With five games left this year, you have helped guide this team to one of the top spots in the league. With your leadership, the players have become a true team and they have learned to battle. You helped Boone Jenner and Brandon Dubinsky fight through a tough stretch at the beginning of the season. A sixteen game win streak had the sports world marveling at the team in Columbus that was projected to be one of the worst teams in the league. You have taken an exceedingly young defense and made them formidable. Cam Atkinson has become one dynamic player.  No one overlooks the Blue Jackets heading into the postseason. The Blue Jackets are respected and feared in the NHL.

Mr. Tortorella, I hope you accept my apology. You have helped renew my faith in the Blue Jackets organization. I will stand proudly by this team and cheer until I can no longer speak. This team has become something to watch, something to be a part of. The final week is upon us and I want to thank you for the roller coaster of a season we have endured, and I can’t wait to see where this goes next.


Andrew Clouse via thegamepunk.com