John Tortorella was named head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 21, 2015. He has compiled a 622-493-142 record (.551 points percentage) in 1,257 games during his NHL coaching career with the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Blue Jackets. His teams have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs 11 times and he led the Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup championship and the Rangers to the 2012 Eastern Conference Final.
He is the winningest coach in Blue Jackets history as he has led the club to a 176-118-27 record (.590) in 321 games. Columbus earned three-staight berths in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 2017, 2018 and 2019 during his first three full seasons behind the bench.
Tortorella won his second Jack Adams Award as the NHL's Coach of the Year after he led the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history in 2016-17 (50-24-8, 108 points), finishing with the fourth-best record in the NHL and reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in franchise history.
The Boston native ranks first all-time among U.S.-born coaches in NHL wins and on January 10, 2019, he became the 19th coach in NHL history, and sixth active, to post 600 career victories when Columbus earned a 4-3 overtime win vs. Nashville. On Mar. 19, 2016, he became the 26th coach in League history to reach 1,000 games as a head coach in a 6-3 win over the New Jersey Devils.
Tortorella made his NHL head coaching debut with Tampa Bay and compiled a 239-222-74 record in 535 games during six-plus seasons with the club from 2001-08. He led the Lightning to the Southeast Division title in 2002-03 and 2003-04. In the latter campaign, he won the Jack Adams Award as the club went 46-22-14 (106 points) and won the Stanley Cup.
He joined the Rangers in February 2009 and posted a 171-118-30 record in 319 games with the club, including a four-game stint as interim coach during the 1999-00 season. He led New York to the playoffs on four occasions and ranks fourth on the club's all-time wins list and is fifth in games coached. In 2011-12, he guided the Rangers to the third-best regular season in franchise history with a 51-24-7 mark (109 points) and a spot in the Eastern Conference Final. He joined the Canucks prior to the 2013-14 campaign and guided the club to a 36-35-11 mark.
Internationally, Tortorella served as head coach for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and was an assistant coach with Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Games, helping the club capture a silver medal. He also served as head coach at the 2008 World Championships and was an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2005 World Championships.
He began his coaching career in 1986-87 with the Virginia Lancers of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League, leading the club to a championship and winning Coach of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons in 1986- 87 and 1987-88. He returned to coaching with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans from 1995-97 and won the 1996 Calder Cup championship in his first season. He went on to serve as an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres, Phoenix Coyotes and Rangers.
As a player, Tortorella was a member of the Salem State College team before transferring to the University of Maine, where he spent three seasons. During the 1981-82 season, Tortorella played for Kristianstads IK in Sweden before returning to play in the ACHL with the Hampton Roads Gulls, Erie Golden Blades and Virginia Lancers.
Tortorella was born on June 24, 1958. He and his wife, Christine, are the parents of daughter, Brittany, and son, Dominick. Actively involved in the community, Tortorella and his family support numerous causes through The John and Christine Tortorella Family Foundation. Animal rescue and fundraising for local shelters is a passion for the Tortorella family.
Brad Larsen, Assistant Coach
Brad Larsen joined the Columbus Blue Jackets as an assistant coach on June 16, 2014 after spending two seasons as head coach of the Springfield Falcons, the club's American Hockey League affiliate at the time.
Originally hired by the Falcons as an assistant coach prior to the 2010-11 season, Larsen was promoted to head coach on May 21, 2012 and guided the club to a 92-45-15 record and a pair of Northeast Division titles in his two campaigns behind the bench. In his first year, he led Springfield to a 45-22-9 record (99 pts.), which represented a 21-point improvement over the previous season. The Falcons posted the first 100-point campaign in franchise history in 2013-14, finishing with the AHL's third-best record at 47-23-6 (100 pts.).
Larsen enjoyed a 13-year playing career that saw him register 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points and 134 penalty minutes in 294 NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche and Atlanta Thrashers. He also appeared in 384 career AHL contests before retiring at the end of the 2009-10 season.
Larsen was born on June 28, 1977 in Nakusp, British Columbia. He and his wife, Hannah, are the parents of a son, Ty, and daughter, Faith. The family resides in New Albany.
Kenny McCudden, Assistant Coach
Kenny McCudden joined the Columbus Blue Jackets coaching staff in June 2015 after spending 16 seasons as the skating and skills coach of the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves.
McCudden originally joined the Wolves in 1994, spent three seasons with the club from 1994-97 and then returned prior to the 2002-03 season. He was a part of teams that qualified for the former International Hockey League Turner Cup Playoffs three times and the American Hockey League Calder Cup Playoffs on eight occasions. He helped the Wolves advance to the 2005 Calder Cup Final and capture the Calder Cup championship in 2008.
McCudden has worked with numerous NHL players and instructed at prospect camps for the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Thrashers, as well as the Ontario Hockey League's Sudbury Wolves and the Ontario Hockey Association. He was the skating and skills coach for the United States Women's National Team from 2011-14. His stint with Team USA included serving as a scout for the silver medal-winning squad at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The Chicago native was born on August 6, 1961. He has worked with thousands of youth and amateur players in the Chicago-area as operator and owner of Ice Company Hockey Schools since 1990. He began his career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1979 as a 17-year-old stick boy and was the team's assistant equipment manager when he left the organization in 1985.
McCudden and his wife, Cathy, reside in Columbus.
Brad Shaw, Assistant Coach
Brad Shaw was named assistant coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 17, 2016, joining the club after spending the previous 10 years with the St. Louis Blues. He served as an assistant coach from 2006-12 and associate coach from 2012-16. During his tenure in St. Louis, he helped the club to six appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his final eight seasons, including each of the final five, and a berth in the Western Conference Final in 2015-16.
Shaw joined the Blues after serving as an assistant coach and interim head coach with the New York Islanders in 2005-06. He spent the previous three seasons as head coach of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, Anaheim's American Hockey League affiliate, leading the club to a pair of appearances in the Calder Cup Playoffs and a 44-31-4-1 record in 2004- 05. He also served as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning (1999-00), head coach of the International Hockey League's Detroit Vipers (2000-01) and assistant coach with the AHL's Springfield Falcons (2001-02).
A defenseman, Shaw played 15 seasons in the NHL, IHL and AHL from 1984-99. He made his NHL debut in 1985-86 with the Hartford Whalers and went on to appear in 377 career games, registering 22 goals and 137 assists for 159 points and 208 penalty minutes with the Whalers, Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals and Blues. He was named to the NHL AllRookie Team with Hartford in 1989-90. During that time, he also spent two seasons as a player-assistant coach with the Detroit Vipers from 1995-97 and helped the club win the IHL's Turner Cup championship in 1996-97.
Shaw was born on April 28, 1964 in Cambridge, Ontario. He and his wife, Mary, are the parents of three children, Taylore, Brady, and Caroline.
Manny Legace, Goaltending Coach
Manny Legace joined the Blue Jackets on July 5, 2018 after spending five seasons as the goaltending coach for the club's American Hockey League affiliates, the Cleveland Monsters and Springfield Falcons.
Legace, enjoyed an 18-year playing career that included 11 NHL seasons in which he compiled a 187-99-41 record with a 2.41 goals-against average (GAA), .912 save percentage (SV%) and 24 shutouts (SO) in 365 games with the Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Carolina Hurricanes. He was a member of Detroit's 2002 Stanley Cup championship squad and represented St. Louis at the 2008 NHL All-Star Game.
The Toronto, Ontario native helped Canada win a silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games a year after being named the top goaltender and winning a gold medal at the 1993 IIHF World Junior Championships. He was an AHL All-Star and earned the Baz Bastien Award as the AHL's Top Goaltender in 1995-96 and was an Ontario Hockey League All-Star and the league's Goaltender of the Year with the Niagara Falls Thunder in 1992-93.
In addition to working with goaltenders in the Blue Jackets organization for several years, Legace has extensive teaching and coaching experience. He opened his first hockey school in 1996, served as goaltending coach for USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks and has operated Legace Hockey Academy in southeast Michigan since 2012.
Kevin Collins, Strength and Conditioning Coach
Kevin Collins was named strength and conditioning coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 29, 2010.
Collins joined the Blue Jackets after spending the previous five seasons with the Buffalo Sabres organization as strength and conditioning/video coach. He spent two seasons with the Portland Pirates (2008-10) and the previous three with the Rochester Americans (2005-08), the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliates. He started his career as an intern for Sabres Strength and Conditioning Coach Doug McKenney in 2004-05.
A Detroit, Michigan native, Collins played four years of collegiate hockey at SUNY Brockport, where he graduated with degrees in Exercise Physiology and Business Management. He is certified through National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Collins was born April 11, 1982. He and his wife, Amanda, are the parents of a daughter, Audrey.
Dan Singleton, Video Assistant Coach
Dan Singleton joined the Blue Jackets in September 2000 as video coordinator and was named video assistant coach in June 2011. He came to Columbus after spending the previous six years as the video coordinator for the Michigan State University hockey team.
Born in Boulder, Colorado, he grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and attended McGill University in Montreal, earning a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1994. He then went to Michigan State, where he earned a master's degree in sports psychology in 1998.
Singleton and his wife, Karin, are parents of sons, Braeden and Ewan, and daughter, Claire.
Jarkko Ruutu, European Player Development Coach
Jarkko Ruutu joined the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2015 as the club's first European development coach. In his role, Ruutu primarily works with young players throughout the organization, assisting in the development of prospects playing in professional leagues and various major junior leagues across Europe.
Ruutu tallied 58-84-142 and 1,078 penalty minutes in 652 career NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks over a 10-year career. A native of Vantaa, Finland, he registered career highs in goals, assists (tied), points, games played (tied) and penalty minutes with 12-14-26 and 144 penalty minutes in 82 games with Ottawa in 2009-10.
Vancouver's third pick, 68th overall, in the 1998 NHL Draft, Ruutu also posted 77-91-168 and 1,072 penalty minutes in 318 career games in Finland's Liiga with HIFK and Jokerit before finishing his playing career with EHC Biel-Bienne in the Swiss league in 2014-15. He represented Finland at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympics as well as the 1998, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 IIHF World Championships and 2004 World Cup.
He and his wife, Sofia, are the parents of a daughter, Greta. The family resides in Helsinki, Finland.
Jim Corsi, Goaltender Development Coach
Jim Corsi was named the club's goaltending development coach on Aug. 21, 2018 and will work with the club's goaltending prospects throughout the system. He brings over 40 years of experience to the organization as a player, coach, manager and analyst. Prior to spending the 2017-18 season as a coach at his alma mater, Concordia University, the Montreal, Quebec native served as goaltending coach for the St. Louis Blues from 2014-17.
He spent 16 seasons as the goaltending coach with the Buffalo Sabres, working with the organization's goaltenders and prospects throughout the system. During his tenure, Corsi helped develop Vezina Trophy winners Ryan Miller (2009-10) and 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Dominik Hasek (1998-99, 2000-01). He also has served as a coach for the Italian Men's and Canadian Women's National teams, along with professional European (Schwenningen HC, German League,) junior (OHL's St. Michael's Majors) and collegiate programs (Ottawa University, McGill University, Concordia University).
Corsi's playing career included stints with the NHL's Edmonton Oilers and the World Hockey Association's Quebec Nordiques. He also played internationally in Europe, Russia and China from 1980-92. He represented Italy numerous times in international competition, including the 1984 Winter Olympics and eight World Ice Hockey Championships (1981-83, 1985-87, 1989-90).
Jared Boll, Assistant Development Coach
Veteran Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll rejoined the organization as an assistant development coach prior to the 2018-19 season.
Boll, who spent the past two seasons with the Anaheim Ducks, retired following the 2017-18 campaign having registered 28 goals and 38 assists for 66 points with 1,298 penalty minutes in 579 games during his 11-year NHL career. The 32-year-old spent nine seasons in Columbus, tallying 27-35-62 and 1,195 penalty minutes in 518 games from 2007-16. He is the club's all-time leader in penalty minutes and ranks fourth in games played.
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina and raised in Crystal Lake, Illinois, Boll was selected by the Blue Jackets in the fourth round, 101st overall, at the 2005 NHL Draft. After spending two seasons with the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers from 2005-07, he made his NHL debut the following season and notched 5-5-10 and a career-high 226 penalty minutes in 75 games with the Jackets. He set a career high in points with 4-10-14 in 75 games in 2008-09 and scored a career-best seven goals and added five assists for 12 points in 73 contests in 2010-11.
He and his wife, Lauren, reside in Upper Arlington, Ohio.