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Hawks Name Torchetti Assistant Coach

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks
John TorchettiChicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have named John Torchetti to the team's coaching staff as an Assistant Coach.

"We are very pleased to add a coach of the caliber of John Torchetti to our staff," said Tallon. "John is a great teacher and a very knowledgeable hockey man. He brings a tremendous amount of experience and will be a great asset to both Denis Savard and Mark Hardy."

"I was very impressed with John's presentation," said Blackhawk Head Coach Denis Savard. "He has an unbelievable work ethic. He has been around young players a lot and will fit perfectly in our situation."

"I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work with both Denis Savard and Mark Hardy," said John Torchetti, new Blackhawk Assistant Coach. "I am looking forward to coming to Chicago and working with all the young talent they have on the team. I can't wait to get there."

Torchetti, brings 11 seasons of professional coaching experience with him to the Blackhawks staff. His coaching resume includes time in the East Coast Hockey League, Central Hockey League, International Hockey League, the American Hockey League and the National Hockey League. Torchetti has twice been named Coach of the Year - first with the Central Hockey League's San Antonio Iguanas in 1994-95, then with the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League in 1997-98.

Prior to joining the Blackhawks coaching staff, Torchetti served as the Head Coach of the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. His Wildcats posted a record of 39-25-4 for 84 points in 70 games for fourth place overall in the QMJHL. In seven playoff games this spring the Wildcats posted a 3-4 record.
Torchetti's coaching resume includes work on the coaching staff of three NHL teams prior to joining the Blackhawks staff (Tampa Bay 1999-00 to 2000-01, Florida 2002-03 to 2003-04 and Los Angeles 2005-06).

While a member of the Florida Panthers coaching staff as an assistant, he was asked to serve as Interim Head Coach at the conclusion of the 2003-04 season posting a record of 10-12-4-1 in 27 games behind the bench. He was also brought in with 12 games left in the 2005-06 to serve as Interim Head Coach of the Los Angeles Kings posting a record of 5-7-0.

Although he never played in the NHL, Torchetti's playing career spans eight seasons as a Left Winger in professional hockey in the Atlantic Coast League, East Coast League, and American Hockey League. Throughout his eight year playing career, he enjoyed seven appearances in the finals while winning four championships.

Torchetti also spent time at an Assistant General Manager of the San Antonio Dragon's of the IHL during the 1996-97 season and General Manager of the Detroit Viper's of the IHL during the 1998-99 season. His Viper's posted a 50-12-11 mark and an Eastern Conference Championship.

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