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By The Numbers: Tortorella Takes Over

by Katie Foglia / Columbus Blue Jackets

Earlier today, the Blue Jackets introduced John Tortorella as the club's new head coach.

Tortorella, 57, is the all-time winningest American-born coach in the history of the NHL.

The Boston native has spent his NHL head coaching career with the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks.

His teams have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs eight times, and he led the Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup championship and the Rangers to the 2012 Eastern Conference Final.

Tortorella comes to Columbus with 446 wins under his belt. And since we’re on a numbers kick, let’s take a look at some of the head coach’s stats:

446-375-37-78 (.538) – Tortorella's career win percentage in his time split between Tampa, New York and Vancouver.

936 – The number of games Tortorella has spent behind an NHL bench.

14 – Tortorella has spent a total of 14 NHL seasons as head coach with the Rangers (2009-13), the Lightning (2001-08) and the Canucks (2013-14).

8 – His teams have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs a total of eight times.

1 – Stanley Cup. Tortorella has his name etched on Lord Stanley's prized cup after leading the Lightning to the Cup in 2004.

30 – In March 2013, Tortorella became the 30th coach in NHL history to record 400 wins.

27 – In January 2014, he became the 27th coach in league history to reach 900 games.


1 – Silver Medal. As an Assistant Coach, Tortorella helped Team USA capture a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Games.

2016 – In September 2016, Tortorella will lead Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey.

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