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.