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John Tortorella
Age: 63 Country: USA 
Salary: $4,600,000 over 1 Year(s)

Player Ratings

PH DF OF PD EX LD OV
79 88 85 88 99 99 90

Summary

CAREER REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS - Summary
Season GP W L T OTW OTL SOW SOL GF GA PIM HIT
2013-14 82 26 41 0 2 4 5 4 180 225 745 1692
2014-15 82 30 33 0 1 5 9 4 214 207 722 1737
2015-16 82 35 33 0 4 5 4 1 218 202 655 1695
2016-17 82 41 28 0 5 3 0 5 239 200 841 1810
2017-18 82 34 34 0 5 2 3 4 228 223 644 1755
2019-20 82 26 38 0 6 4 2 6 213 247 449 1528
2020-21 56 22 23 0 2 3 2 4 145 153 386 1169
2021-22 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 15 16 40 96
PRO TOTALS 552 216 232 0 25 26 25 28 1,452 1,473 4,482 11,482
CAREER PLAYOFF SEASON STATISTICS - Summary
Season GP W L T OTW OTL SOW SOL GF GA PIM HIT
2016-17 6 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 9 17 56 129
2017-18 12 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 34 28 137 266
PRO TOTALS 18 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 43 45 193 395

Contract

Salary Hit by Season
2021-22 2022-23 2023-24
$4,600,000 $0 $0

Transactions

TRANSACTIONS HISTORY

  • [30-09-2021 14:24:35] - Detroit Red Wings hired John Tortorella for 4-600-000 $ for 1 year(s).
  • [20-07-2021 17:21:48] - John Tortorella contract with Montreal Canadiens has ended.
  • [17-10-2020 08:58:05] - Montreal Canadiens hired John Tortorella for 15-500-000 $ for 1 year(s).
  • [17-10-2020 08:58:05] - Montreal Canadiens hired John Tortorella for 15-500-000 $ for 1 year(s).
  • [17-10-2020 08:58:05] - Montreal Canadiens hired John Tortorella for 15-500-000 $ for 1 year(s).
  • [11-08-2020 20:56:34] - John Tortorella contract with Montreal Canadiens has ended.
  • [27-09-2019 09:55:41] - Montreal Canadiens hired John Tortorella for 15-500-000 $ for 1 year(s).
  • [27-09-2019 09:19:58] - John Tortorella was created.
  • [27-09-2019 09:14:56] - John Tortorella was not imported. Salary field didn\'t pass the validation test.
  • [27-09-2019 09:14:41] - John Tortorella was not imported. Salary field didn\'t pass the validation test.
  • [27-09-2019 09:14:12] - John Tortorella was not imported. Salary field didn\'t pass the validation test.
  • [17-06-2019 16:19:06] - John Tortorella contract with Winnipeg Jets has ended.
  • [23-06-2018 10:54:03] - Winnipeg Jets hired John Tortorella for 15-000-000 $ for 1 year(s).
  • [23-06-2018 10:52:51] - New Jersey Devils fired John Tortorella.
  • [23-06-2018 10:52:51] - New Jersey Devils fired John Tortorella.
  • [23-06-2018 10:54:03] - Winnipeg Jets hired John Tortorella for 15-000-000 $ for 1 year(s).
  • [26-06-2016 09:35:25] - New Jersey Devils hired John Tortorella for 8-000-000 $ for 1 year(s).
  • [26-06-2016 09:33:05] - Grand Rapids Griffins fired John Tortorella.
  • [06-18-2015 18:15:34] - Grand Rapids Griffins hired John Tortorella for 2-850-000 $ for 2 year(s).
  • [06-11-2015 07:02:39] - John Tortorella contract with San Jose Sharks has ended.

Notes

Tortorella's coaching career began with the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Rochester Americans and the ECHL's Virginia Lancers. He was also an assistant coach for the AHL's New Haven Nighthawks and Rochester Americans, and the NHL's Buffalo SabresPhoenix Coyotes and New York Rangers. He won the Calder Cup with the 1996 Rochester Americans.

Tortorella is known for his outspoken nature—which has included criticizing his own players—and for his unusual system of regularly rotating goaltending duties during his time in Tampa Bay; a system which was discontinued when he became head coach of the New York Rangers and could use Henrik Lundqvist as the regular starting goalie.

Tampa Bay Lightning[edit source | editbeta]

Tortorella took over the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2000–01 as a mid-season replacement. The team won only 28% (12 of 43) of its games to end the season, finishing last in the division. The following season, the team finished third in the division but had a losing record and did not qualify for the playoffs. The 2002–03 season marked Tortorella's first winning season as an NHL head coach, as the Lightning won the Southeast Division, losing to the New Jersey Devils four games to one in the second round of the 2003 playoffs. At the end of the season he was also recognized as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year, losing out to Minnesota's Jacques Lemaire.

In 2003–04, Tortorella's fourth season with the team, the Lightning won their second consecutive Southeastern Division title. The Lightning were the top seed in the Eastern Conference and proceeded to defeat the New York Islanders, the Montreal Canadiens, and the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Prince of Wales Trophy and the Eastern Conference Championship. In the Stanley Cup Finals, they defeated the Western Conference champion Calgary Flames four games to three, winning the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. In doing so Tortorella became just the third American-born coach to win it and the first in 13 years. The team was in its eleventh year of existence. It was the last Stanley Cup won before the 2004–05 NHL lockout. A few days after winning the Stanley Cup, Tortorella would go on to win the 2004 Jack Adams Award as coach of the year.

Before the start of the 2005–06 season – the NHL's first post-lockout campaign – Tampa Bay's starting goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin left the team due to the newly implemented salary cap restrictions. Tortorella was hard on Lightning goaltender John Grahame for much of the 2005–06. Grahame subsequently signed with the Carolina Hurricanes before the start of the 2006–07 season. Despite the Lightning winning a 2nd-team best 44 games in 2006–07, the Lightning did not win the Southeast Division.

He was involved in controversy yet again after game five of Lightning's series against the New Jersey Devils during the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs. During a press conference during which Tortorella was visibly disappointed, he refused to answer questions directly, saying only "We know what we did" each time a reporter asked a question. When New York Post reporter Larry Brooks asked "What did you do?" Tortorella refused to explain. Frustrated, Brooks eventually asked, "Are you not answering questions, or what?" and when Tortorella answered that he was not, Brooks called the interview "a waste of time." Tortorella then told Brooks to "get the fuck out of here" live on CBC television.

Tortorella was fined $10,000 by the NHL for negative comments he made about the on-ice officials after a 4–3 overtime loss at the Atlanta Thrashers on November 19, 2007.

On March 11, 2008 with the Lightning defeat of the New York Islanders, Tortorella passed Bob Johnson as the winningest American-born NHL coach with 235 victories.

After he left the Lightning, Tortorella was an in-studio panelist on the NHL on TSN. During this time, on November 7, 2008, Peter Laviolette would overtake his victory total for an American coach.

New York Rangers[edit source | editbeta]

Tortorella was named head coach of the New York Rangers on February 23, 2009, replacing Tom Renney, who was relieved of his duties earlier that day.[6] On March 17, he again became the American-born coach with the most wins in NHL history, this time surpassing Laviolette. Tortorella was fired by the New York Rangers on May 29, 2013 after a disappointing playoff run.

Tortorella was suspended 1 game by the NHL for an altercation with several Capitals fans behind the bench in the third period of Game 5 in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs. Replays show the fan clearly heckling Tortorella through verbal jeering, before Tortorella responded by throwing a water bottle at a fan before grabbing a stick from Aaron Voros and trying to spear the fan through a space between 2 panes of glass. He did not receive a penalty on the play despite the fact that NHL rules state any physical altercations with fans result in ejection from a game; however, the next day the NHL suspended him.[7]

When Laviolette became coach of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009, the rivalry between the two teams became further heated with Tortorella and Laviolette being the U.S.-born coaches with the most wins in NHL history.

In the 2011–12 season he guided the Rangers to the franchise's third ever 50-win season and the best record in the Eastern Conference with a total of 51-24-7 for 109 points. New York lost in the Conference Finals however, to the New Jersey Devils in 6 games. At season's end, Tortorella became a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for a 3rd time, losing to Ken Hitchcock of St. Louis.

On March 26, 2013 with a 5-2 defeat of Laviolette's Flyers, John Tortorella became the first U.S.-born coach to reach 400 career victories.

The Rangers fired Tortorella on Wednesday May 29, 2013, four days after New York was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs at the hands of the Boston Bruins.

Vancouver Canucks[edit source | editbeta]

The Vancouver Canucks announced Tortorella as the team's new coach on June 25, 2013. He replaced Alain Vigneault, who coincidentally had been hired by the Rangers to replace Tortorella.

United States national men's hockey team[edit source | editbeta]

Tortorella was also the assistant coach of the U.S. National Men's hockey team in 2008-2009[8] replacing Peter Laviolette, which included leading the squad at the 2008 IIHF World Championship, where they finished sixth.


LINKS
The Internet Hockey Database TSN.ca