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John Tortorella | Center

Team: Vancouver Canucks
Age / DOB:  (57) / 6/24/1958
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 175

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John Tortorella will coach Team USA at the 2016 World Cup.
The winningest American-born coach in NHL history, with 446 victories, hasn't been behind the bench since he was fired by the Vancouver Canucks on May 1, 2014. Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette was probably the favorite after his team's success last year. He is also poised to pass Tortorella on the all-time American coach win list this season (436). Sep 22 - 11:12 AM

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Former Canucks head coach John Tortorella said he'd like to coach again in the future.

Tortorella was fired after leading the Canucks to a 36-35-11 record in 2013-14. "Yeah, I want to coach again,'' Tortorella said. "I hope I get that chance, and if I don't, well, then, that's just the way it is and I'll move on. But I do want to coach again.'' Tortorella led the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup championship in 2003-04.
Feb 15 - 10:38 AM

John Tortorella acknowledged that he deserved to be fired following the Canucks' disappointing 2013-14 campaign.

Vancouver failed to make the playoffs after Tortorella led them to a 36-35-11 record. "I don't think I did the job for our team in the second half [of the season] with our consistency, and I think that’s what cost me my job," Tortorella said on 620 WDAE. "We couldn't stop the losing streaks. We needed to win a couple games within those areas. Quite honestly, I deserved to be fired after that second half of the year." Among other things, Vancouver's offense struggled under Tortorella's system, going from 2.54 goals per game in 2013, to 2.33 during Tortorella's tenure, to 2.76 this season.
Feb 13 - 11:38 AM

The Vancouver Canucks made the firing of coach John Tortorella and assistant coach Mike Sullivan official on Thursday.

"Today we are making an important change in the direction of our team," president of hockey operations Trevor Linden said. "On behalf of the entire organization, we extend our thanks to John, Mike and their families for their commitment to the Canucks and wish them the very best. We have a lot of important work to accomplish this off-season as we build our management and coaching staff, improve our roster and connect with our fans. Our general manager search is well underway and we will begin assessing head coaching candidates immediately." Tortorella lasted just one year behind the bench with the Canucks. The team finished with a 36-35-11 record, which placed them 25th overall in the league.
Thu, May 1, 2014 05:58:00 PM

Farhan Lalji of TSN is reporting that Vancouver coach John Tortorella will be fired on Thursday.

Tortorella inked a five-year/$10 million deal last off-season so the Canucks will be on the hook for four more seasons, but it was a move that had to be made as the Canucks, who were highly-regarded heading into the season, missed the playoffs. Tortorella may not be able to find another head coaching job in the NHL, so this could be the end for the fiery coach.
Thu, May 1, 2014 01:37:00 AM

John Tortorella's future might not be decided for a while.

Canucks president Trevor Linden wants "to make sure that I'm seeing things clearly" before making a decision regarding Tortorella. Linden added that his as-of-yet unhired general manager would get to pick the team's head coach, so Tortorella might stick around until the Canucks hire a general manager. Vancouver missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008 under Tortorella.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 04:26:00 PM

Calgary Flames bossman has a message for Vancouver coach John Tortorella.

"Shut your mouth, and worry about your team — leave my coach alone," said Burke publicly to the Vancouver Canucks head coach when asked about Tortorella’s latest complaining about the head coach of the Calgary Flames following the team's season finale on the West Coast. "John Tortorella, who is a friend of mine, should start worrying about John Tortorella and the Vancouver Canucks and stop worrying about us. Our coach (Bob Hartley) acted completely appropriately. . ."Apparently what outraged him was the cardinal sin of arguing for a penalty while Daniel Sedin was being tended to on the ice. Well … when is he supposed to argue for a penalty?" asked Burke. "Paul Byron hit him. We think it was a hockey play — we don’t think it was worth five minutes, and we don’t think it’s worth further review."
Source: Calgary Sun
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 09:57:00 AM

The Vancouver Canucks have named Trevor Linden as the team's president of hockey operations.

Linden's first task will be to find a replacement for GM Mike Gillis, who was fired on Tuesday. The future of Canucks coach John Tortorella also remains unclear. Linden retired from the NHL as a player in 2007-08 after scoring 375 goals and 867 points in 1,382 games. He was the King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner in 1997 and served as the team captain. He is also the former president of the NHLPA.
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis has been fired.

The fact that Gillis has been relieved of his duties isn't shocking given how terribly the 2013-14 campaign has gone for Vancouver. In particular, he was the subject of heavy criticism for his handling of the Canucks' goaltending situation, which involved them trying to trade Roberto Luongo, only to trade one of the league's best young goalies instead in Cory Schneider. He then ended up moving Luongo less than a year later anyways. The question now is what this means for coach John Tortorella, who has also been blamed heavily for the team's shortcomings this season. Is it possible that Tortorella might survive despite the departure of Gillis?
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 02:51:00 PM

From New York Post columnist Larry Brooks on former Rangers-turned-Canucks coach John Tortorella:

"Tortorella’s narrow vision has done him and his team in this year. He has become the worst kind of zealot behind the bench, believing his way is the only way to win games regardless of his playing personnel, even if that means pounding square pegs into round holes. He is a zealot, a true believer that grinding, blocking shots and packing the defensive end is the one and only route to success. Except now it appears as if that’s leading him to a dead end. There is a very good chance Tortorella will be fired at the end of the season, even with four years and $8 million remaining on his contract. People who are fired twice within a calendar year need to dramatically reassess their approach, and not only with the media."
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 10:20:00 AM

Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis has decided that his team needs to return to the style of hockey they were playing before John Tortorella was hired.

"I want us to play an upbeat, puck-possession, move the puck quickly, force teams into mistakes, high-transition game," Gillis said. "And I think we have the personnel to do it and if we don't have the personnel to do it they will be changed." In other words, while Tortorella hasn't been fired - at least not yet - he will have to change the way he runs the team to accommodate Gillis' marching orders. That being said, Gillis might end up being the one that gets fired and he admitted as much when asked about the bench boss' future. This has been a disastrous season for Vancouver and it would not be surprising if one or both of Gillis and Tortorella lose their jobs over it.
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 11:19:00 AM

On the outside of a playoff position, Canucks coach John Tortorella said that it is "too late for moral victories."

The 4-3 loss to the Capitals, after pulling even from a 3-1 deficit, is the latest example that the results have to be there. Vancouver is five points out of a playoff position with 13 games remaining. "Too late," Tortorella said. "We have put ourselves in this spot. It's way too late for moral victories. My biggest job right now is making sure we're ready to play the next one. That's a tough (loss) to eat for our guys – how hard they played, a lot of good things they did. (But) we don't even get it to an overtime to get any points. I know it's hard for them right now."
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 10:49:00 AM

Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin threw in his support for the Canucks' coaching staff after Wednesday's win over Winnipeg.

"We love playing for these coaches, that's the bottom line," said Henrik. "I mean, they put in a system where we know we can win each and every game. What's been missing this year, so far, has been us making mistakes and it's cost us. I think that has been our biggest problem. We have a lot of guys in here who care extremely much about this team." Sedin is a team-first player so his endorsement isn't surprising, but coach John Tortorella is certainly on the hot seat. The Canucks are outside of the playoff picture right now and they have three wins in their last 10 games.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 06:06:00 PM

Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis didn't want to speculate about the future of coach John Tortorella.

Gillis wasn't interested in engaging in "rumour and speculation," but given that general managers usually aren't shy about throwing their support behind their bench boss, his insistence on avoiding the issue is telling. That being said, even if Gillis did firmly state that Tortorella wouldn't be fire, it wouldn't mean much. After all, Gillis might end up getting fired this summer too and at that point, it wouldn't really matter what his opinion of Tortorella's performance was.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 01:33:00 PM

Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella apologized for saying that he hoped Sweden would be Canada in the gold medal game.

"If I have insulted anybody, that certainly wasn't my intention and I think all of you know that," he said. "But it was a careless use of words and where I should be more cognizant. I want to clear that up." Tortorella's rationale was that Canada had barely used its Canucks' players, but Sweden was a different story. Obviously, openly rooting for Sweden while coaching a Canadian club isn't exactly a popular decision, but it's still surprising that Tortorella felt the need to apologize, especially since he's American and has coached Team USA before.
Tue, Feb 25, 2014 06:06:00 PM

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C1Henrik Sedin
2Brandon Sutter
3Bo Horvat
4Linden Vey
LW1Daniel Sedin
2Alex Burrows
3Chris Higgins
4Brandon Prust
5Sven Baertschi
RW1Radim Vrbata
2Jannik Hansen
3Derek Dorsett
4Adam Cracknell
D1Alexander Edler
2Dan Hamhuis
3Chris Tanev
4Yannick Weber
5Frank Corrado
6Luca Sbisa
7Matt Bartkowski
G1Ryan Miller
2Jacob Markstrom