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LEAGUE REPORTEDLY NOT HAPPY WITH JAKE VORACEK'S OUTBURST AT REPORTER

It sounds as though the NHL isn't very pleased with the Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek after he went off on a reporter during a post-game news conference Friday night. Voracek called Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski "a weasal" and told him he was "going to write f-----g s--t" after Sielski asked him a seemingly minor question. Sam Carchidi, a co-worker of Sielski's at the media outlet, has revealed he talked to the NHL's Deputy Commissioner about it.

"The league has had a 'discussion' with Jake Voracek for his expletive-filled tirade during a virtual news conference after Friday's game, per Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner," said Carchidi on his Twitter account. "He wouldn't comment on whether a fine was assessed."


"Does it matter what I say, Mike?," Voracek replied to Sielski during the initial exchange between the two. "You're gonna write f-----g s--t every time so it doesn't matter what you say. Yeah it feels different. I mean, we got four points out of these first two games. Uh, I wasn't even gonna answer your question because you are such a weasel it's not even funny. Next question."

Sielski told the Philly hockey blog Crossing Broad that he believes the incident was sparked by a column he wrote in October of 2019. Sielski said the Flyers "had gotten off to a slow start that year and [head coach] Alain Vigneault is talking and says he needs more from his veteran group of players. Voracek and James van Riemsdyk were laughing as he was talking."

Sielski added that same night, "Flyers public relations got in touch because they thought I was writing that Voracek and van Riemsdyk were laughing AT Alain Vigneault, so I apologized and said that I could understand why they saw it that way. I went online and we fixed the column at that point, to clarify that I didn't know specifically what they were talking about, and I said I'd be willing to smooth things over with Jake."

The NHL does seem to struggle with wanting their players to have personality, but reining them in when a strong one comes out. It's not exactly clear if the league's issue is with the actual telling off Siekski, the expletives during a news conference that some services were carrying live, or both.

TIM TUCKER
JANUARY 17, 2021  (19H50)
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