I mean best case scenario, enough players on Team USA sit during the anthem, that to bench all of them would mean rendering the team useless.
I’m talking like, 6+ players.
If an entire line plus one kneels or sits for the anthem, and a top line especially, Tortorella would have to fuck Team USA over in order to follow through w/ his threat.
Hell, if all of the goalies refused to stand for the anthem, Tortorella’s threat would be completely fucking useless.
That’s just three people. If Bishop, Quick, or Schneider sit, benching them would essentially mean forfeiting the game.
Ideally there’d be entire teams sitting for the anthem, but considering how unlikely more than one player sitting is, I doubt that will happen.