Flyers coach John Tortorella sports a nasty bruise after being kicked in the face by a HORSE - petsitterbank

Flyers coach John Tortorella sports a nasty bruise after being kicked in the face by a HORSE

Flyers coach John Tortorella sports a nasty bruise after being kicked in the face by a HORSE… but only has complaints about his team during mid-game interview: ‘We suck’

Philadelphia Flyers coach John Tortorella was seen sporting a hoof print after being kicked in the face by one of his horses ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with the Columbus Blue Jackets. But when interviewed by ESPN during the game, Tortorella’s only complaint was about his team’s lackluster performance.

‘We suck,’ he said during a typically abrupt interview from the Flyers’ bench. ‘We haven’t forechecked, we haven’t done anything as of right now.’

ESPN analyst and former Flyers goalie Brian Boucher revealed the horse-kicking incident, which the famously cantankerous Tortorella was never asked about.

Philadelphia Flyers coach John Tortorella was seen sporting a hoof print after being kicked in the face by one of his horses ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with the Columbus Blue Jackets

When interviewed by ESPN during the game, Tortorella's only complaint was about his team's lackluster performance.  'We suck,' he said during a typically abrupt interview from the Flyers' bench.  'We haven't forechecked, we haven't done anything as of right now'

When interviewed by ESPN during the game, Tortorella’s only complaint was about his team’s lackluster performance. ‘We suck,’ he said during a typically abrupt interview from the Flyers’ bench. ‘We haven’t forechecked, we haven’t done anything as of right now’

‘He has three horses on his farm, and one of them decided that, apparently, the brushing that John Tortorella was doing of one of his horses, I guess, was not met well,’ said play-by-play announcer Bob Wischusen.

‘He said he was awfully lucky — it could have been a lot worse,’ Boucher said during the Flyers’ 5-4 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets, one of Tortorella’s former teams.

Flyers spokespeople did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for further details.

The story isn’t all that surprising, given Tortorella’s affinity for animals.

While his experience with humanity has endured its ups and downs, the 64-year-old Tortorella is vocal advocate for animals, and even has his own charity aimed at helping wildlife and pets

While his experience with humanity has endured its ups and downs, the 64-year-old Tortorella is vocal advocate for animals, and even has his own charity aimed at helping wildlife and pets

While his experience with humanity has endured its ups and downs, the 64-year-old Tortorella is vocal advocate for animals, and even has his own charity aimed at supporting ‘those who protect children, animals and our environment from harm.’

‘I’m probably going to live in Jersey because I have a bunch of animals and I think I need to find some property,’ Tortorella told reporters after being hired by the Flyers in June – his fifth head-coaching stint in the NHL.

Tortorella has shown less empathy for opposing players and reporters, many of whom have gotten an earful from the Massachusetts native.

Over his coaching career, Tortorella has told off everyone from Washington Capitals legend Alex Ovechkin to longtime New York Post columnist Larry Brooks.

‘Get the f*** out of there,’ Torts, as he is known, told Brooks after a 2007 playoff defeat.

John Tortorella reacts to a call during the third period of game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Washington Capitals held at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus in 2017

John Tortorella reacts to a call during the third period of game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Washington Capitals held at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus in 2017

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