On Saturday, Mar. 19, John Tortorella will become the 26th NHL head coach to hit 1,000 NHL games (and is the first American coach to do so).
The Boston native joined the Jackets as the winningest U.S.-born coach in all-time NHL wins — a title he still holds. Before joining the Blue Jackets on Oct. 21, 2015, Tortorella split his head-coaching tenure with the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.
Tortorella is a Stanley Cup champion, Jack Adams Award recipient for Coach of the Year and has broken countless records and passed many milestones throughout his coaching career.
Additionally, he will become the first coach in the history of the Blue Jackets to simultaneously serve as the top bench boss for Columbus as well as an international tournament, as he is the head coach of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
And, since we’re talking about it, let’s dive in and take a look at some of Torts’ stats:
1,000 – He has served as a NHL head coach for 1,000 games and counting.
474 – Tortorella has tallied 474 wins behind the bench. On Mar. 26, 2013, he earned his 400th win as head coach and became the first U.S.-born coach to reach that milestone.
8 – He has lead his teams to eight playoff appearances (2002-03 to 2006-07, 2008-09 and 2010-11 to 2012-13) — led Rangers to 2012 Eastern Conference Final.
3 – Division Titles: 2002-03 (Tampa Bay, 36-25-16-5), 2003-04 (Tampa Bay, 46-22-8-6), 2011-12 (NY Rangers, 51-24-7) – was NYR's third ever 50-win season, and had the best record in the East.
535 – Tortorella coached 535 games for Tampa Bay and holds the franchise title for most games coached.
239 – He recorded a 239-222-74 record with Tampa Bay and is the winningest coach in franchise history.
319 – Tortorella coached 319 games for the Rangers and posted a 171-118-30 record. He holds the titles of fifth in most games coached, fourth in wins and third in point percentage (.583, minimum 100 games).
7 – He is the seventh head coach in Blue Jackets history.
1 – Stanley Cup. As the head coach of the Lightning, Tortorella had his named engraved on Lord Stanley’s Cup for the 2003-04 season.
1 – Jack Adams Award for Coach of the Year, as the coach who contributed the most to his team’s success.