|The Boston, Mass., native spent two seasons as General Manager and Head Coach of the Virginia Lancers of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League (ACHL) from 1986-87 to 1987-88, where he compiled a 73-24-1-0 record to earn Coach of the Year honors both seasons, along with the league championship during the 1986-87 campaign. Following the 1987-88 season, Tortorella joined the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League (IHL) during their 1988 playoff run before serving as an Assistant Coach with the New Haven Nighthawks (AHL) in 1988-89. Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Tortorella played at Salem State College before transferring to the University of Maine Black Bears of the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC), where he skated for three seasons as a right winger. As a member of the Black Bears, Tortorella registered 26 goals and 52 assists for 78 points, along with 133 penalty minutes in 65 games, and was twice named an ECAC All-Star. After playing in Sweden, he returned to North America to skate in the ACHL with the Hampton Roads Gulls, Erie Golden Blades and Virginia Lancers, recording 98 goals and 160 assists for 258 points, along with 302 penalty minutes in 200 games over four seasons.