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John Tortorella

Born:June 24, 1958Draft:
Hometown:Boston, MA, USAPosition:Right Wing
Known For:2x Jack Adams AwardShoots:Left
National Team:USA

John Francis Tortorella (born June 24, 1958) is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. Tortorella was previously the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Vancouver Canucks; he led Tampa Bay to the 2004 Stanley Cup championship.

He is the first American-born NHL coach to reach 600 wins and has twice won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach.

Tortorella is well-known for his outspoken and sometimes confrontational nature, which has included criticizing his own players as well as media members.

John Tortorella Columbus Blue Jackets
John Tortorella, Columbus Blue Jackets (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

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Coaching History

Achievements

  • Two time Jack Adams Award Winner (Lightning 2004, Blue Jackets 2017)
  • First American-born coach to reach 300, 400, 500, and 600 NHL victories
  • Stanley Cup Champion (Lightning 2004)

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