Vancouver Canucks - Head Coach
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Tortorella’s coaching experience spans 24 years, serving in a number of different capacities. He previously acted as an Assistant Coach with the New York Rangers (1999-00), Phoenix Coyotes (1997-99) and the Buffalo Sabres (1989-95). Tortorella had success at the AHL and ACHL level, winning the league championships with the Rochester Americans (AHL) in the 1995-96 season and the Virginia Lancers (ACHL) in the 1986-87 campaign.
On the international stage, Tortorella most recently served as an Assistant Coach for the silver medal-winning Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. He also served as Team USA’s Head Coach at the 2008 World Championship and Assistant Coach at the 2005 World Championship.
Prior to taking the helm behind the bench, Tortorella played right wing as a member of Salem State College and the University of Maine of the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC). He continued his playing career in Sweden before returning to North America where he joined the Hampton Road Gulls, Erie Golden Blades and Virginia Lancers of the ACHL.
Away from the rink, Tortorella and his wife play an active role in the community, with the John and Christine Tortorella Family Foundation. Both personally and in conjunction with the NY Rangers Garden of Dreams Foundation and the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation, they have focused their unique resources to advance amateur hockey and educational enrichment opportunities for children, along with medical research and treatment for those in need.
Tortorella and his wife, Chris, have two children, Brittany and Dominick.
For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.