John Tortorella was named head coach of the Blue Jackets on October 21, 2015 when the team fired Todd Richards seven games into the 2015-16 season.
Tortorella last coached in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks in the 2013-14 season. The Canucks, who fired him after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs, received a second-round draft pick from the Blue Jackets as compensation since Tortorella remained under contract there and was hired in-season. He won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and reached the Eastern Conference Final with the New York Rangers in 2012.
Tortorella’s coaching experience spans over 25 years, serving in a number of different capacities. He previously was an assistant coach with the 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 assistant coach for the silver medal-winning Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. He also was Team USA’s coach at the 2008 World Championship and an assistant at the 2005 World Championship.
Prior to his coaching career, 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.
Tortorella and his wife, Chris, have two children, Brittany and Dominick.