John Tortorella

Head Coach Columbus Blue Jackets, Stanley Cup Champion

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Tortorella — or "Torts" as he is sometimes called by the press — is known for his outspoken nature. An American ice hockey coach and former player, he’s the head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

His straightforward coaching style has earned him accolades both on and off the ice. In addition to his leadership and coaching success, John is a great supporter of numerous philanthropic causes through The John and Christine Tortorella Family Foundation, with animal rescue and fundraising for local shelters being a passion.

John Tortorella has held the position of head coach of the Vancouver Canucks (2013–2014), the New York Rangers (2009–2013) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–2008).

His teams have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs eight times and he led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup championship and the Rangers to the 2012 Eastern Conference Final.

Tortorella won his second Jack Adams Award as the NHL's Coach of the Year after he led the Blue Jackets to their best season in franchise history in 2016-17 (50-24-8, 108 points), finishing with the third-best record in the NHL and reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in franchise history.

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