Beyond The Benches

Tortorella On Players Responsibility Playing For Team USA

John Tortorella wants his team, as he said, to know they are representing the United States of America during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

“It is hockey, but I also think it is a huge platform for us to represent our country, especially in today’s world, and how everything is going on about it,” Tortorella, head coach of Team USA, said Monday night.

The tournament opens on Sept. 17 in Toronto as the training camp process for Team USA is underway at Nationwide Arena. The recent controversy with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decision not to stand during the national anthem prompted the influx of press questions to Tortorella switching the focus from the Team USA vs. Team Canada rivalry.

“I do want them to feel the responsibility for playing for their country, not just playing against Canada,” Tortorella said.

On Friday night, Team USA will hit the ice against Team Canada for one of the three exhibition games that will end with the early tournament favorite.

The Columbus Blue Jackets captured the full press conference on Monday night.

In Canada, coverage of all tournament games will be provided by Sportsnet and TVA Sports  and ESPN in the United States.