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Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (57) / 6/24/1958
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Having now recovered enough from his broken ribs to resume coaching the Blue Jackets, John Tortorella has joined the team for a game in Vancouver on Thursday.
Tortorella coached the Vancouver Canucks, but that didn't go well and he was fired after just one season on the job. "It takes more time than (one year) for you to get your team concept to your team, for your team to understand you and for you to understand your team. I wanted to see it through," Tortorella said. Smiling, he added, "You guys (in the media) were crawling up my (back) and all over me, but I still think we would have seen it through and we would have understood each other better if we would have stayed together. But we didn’t. And for me, I’m very fortunate to get another opportunity." Thus far, Tortorella's tenure with Columbus seems to have gone better than his time in Vancouver, though the real test will come next season as this campaign is largely lost for the Blue Jackets. Feb 4 - 10:56 AM

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After missing three games because of broken ribs, Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella is happy to be back behind the bench.

He took part in the team's practice in Edmonton today, and he'll return to his familiar position tomorrow. "I had no question as far as how everything was going to be handled," Tortorella said of his absence. "It’s not like I was missed or anything, it’s just selfishly, for me, I want to be with the team. It was frustrating because you’re not there and you want to be there. I would not have helped – it would have been more of a distraction. I’m just happy I’m back with the team now." Tortorella was injured after forward Rene Bourque slid into him during a team practice. The Jackets went 2-0-1 in his absence.
Feb 1 - 8:36 PM

Look for John Tortorella to be back behind Columbus' bench after the All-Star break.

Tortorella didn't coach in the final three games before the break because he suffered broken ribs during a team practice. Blue Jackets General Manager told the Post-Dispatch that Tortorella will participate in the team's practice in Edmonton on Monday and be ready to coach on Tuesday night.
Jan 30 - 2:55 PM

Associate coach Craig Hartsburg took control behind the Columbus bench Saturday.

Hartsburg was in charge as John Tortorella is out with two broken ribs, which he suffered during Friday's practice when Rene Bourque ran into him. He is doubtful for games on Monday and Tuesday as well. "He's hurting," Hartsburg said. "I talked to him briefly. He didn't much sleep. He basically said he can't move (without pain). It's a tough thing for him, and obviously for us. His health is the most important thing."
Jan 24 - 8:32 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets' injury woes now unfortunately extend to head coach John Tortorella.

Blue Jackets forward Rene Bourque collided into Tortorella during Friday's practice. Tortorella suffered two broken ribs as a result and didn't fly with his team to Boston. The Blue Jackets will play against the Bruins on Saturday, but he will almost certainly be absent from that game.
Jan 22 - 4:35 PM

John Tortorella regrets his actions on Jan. 18, 2014, when he tried to get into the Calgary Flames' locker room between periods.

Tortorella was upset about the Calgary starting its fourth line against his then Vancouver Canucks. Tortorella responded by starting his fourth unit and it resulted in a line brawl at the beginning of the game. His decision to try and get into the Flames' locker room while still angry over that resulted in him being suspended by the league. "It was absolute stupidity," Tortorella said of that action. "I don’t want to talk much about it because I’m embarrassed by it. I know the questions coming up, and I will answer it this one time: My heart was in the right place in what I thought I was doing at that time. Obviously, I wasn’t thinking clearly. But I cared about my team at that point in time."
Source: Calgary Sun
Jan 21 - 10:44 AM

John Tortorella isn't happy with where the Columbus Blue Jackets after coaching them for a little over two months.

"I know how I want our team to play," Tortorella said. "I have not done a good enough job getting them there. That embarrasses me because we’re two months into it. With my stint here, we should be farther along two months into it, and that falls on me. One of my strengths as a coach is getting problems to the forefront right way. You have to realize where some of the weaknesses are in your club and get them out front right away and then solve them. I have not done a good enough job there. I think we’ve gotten a lot of problems to the forefront, but we’ve not solved them properly yet, and that pisses me off that I’ve not been able to help the team do it." Columbus entered this season with a lot of promise, but the Blue Jackets proved to be a mess out of the gate, which is the reason why they hired Tortorella in the first place. Columbus is 13-15-3 under Tortorella compared to 0-7-0 during Todd Richards' stretch with them at the beginning of the season.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 08:47:00 AM

Columbus coach John Tortorella believes his team has a leadership void.

He indicated that his veteran players were not showing a good example for the younger players and this is a big problem on the ice late in games. Tortorella said the following after two losses on the weekend: "Let’s call a spade a spade. It’s embarrassing, and that’s what we are. I’m not going to tiptoe around here. That’s how we play right now, and I think I’m going to need to depend on the kids to get us out of this because I’m not getting squat from the top players as far as that stuff." "I see weakness," Tortorella went on to say. "I think we’re weak mentally, and it’s not the kids. I worry about the kids getting into bad habits by watching other people. That’s frightening to me. That has to change." Sounds like there may be some ramifcations for other veterans not named Ryan Johansen.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 10:10:00 AM

Columbus has killed 15 straight penalties in the last four games.

The Blue Jackets rank 18th in the league on the penalty kill for a 79.4 percent success rate. Columbus has been much better since John Tortorella took over behind the bench. The team has killed 86 percent of their penalties (36 of 42).
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 04:59:00 PM

Columbus has a 0-5-0 record at home this season.

The Jackets have been outscored 24-10 at Nationwide Arena. Columbus is back at home Tuesday night against Vancouver after winning two of three contests on their recently completed road trip.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 05:42:00 PM

John Tortorella lost his first game back behind the bench with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night, a 3-2 defeat in Minnesota.

The Blue Jackets actually led the Wild 2-1 after the first period, but allowed two second-period goals to suffer their eighth defeat in as many games this season. The loss broke a 72-year-old record for the worst start to an NHL season, but that is not on Torts. The veteran coach will try and help the team win their first game of the year on Saturday versus Colorado.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 11:22:00 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are going into tonight's contest against Minnesota with the goal of avoiding history.

Columbus is already 0-7-0 so another regulation loss would break a 72-year-old record for the worst start to an NHL season. In response to their early season struggles, the Blue Jackets fired coach Todd Richards and replaced him with John Tortorella. Perhaps the change will provide the Blue Jackets with an immediate spark.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 09:52:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will surrender a second round pick to Vancouver in exchange for coach John Tortorella.

Columbus hired Tortorella on Wednesday and while the bench boss hadn't worked with the Canucks since the 2013-14 campaign, he was still under contract. The new rules state that hiring a coach from another team during the regular season calls for a second round pick as compensation, so here we are. The good news for Columbus is that the pick can come from any of the next three drafts, so if the Blue Jackets don't turn things around this season then they don't have to surrender their pick yet.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 09:50:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have fired bench boss Todd Richards and replaced him with John Tortorella.

Tortorella brings with him a wealth of experience and a Stanley Cup championship, but he's also no stranger to controversy. He's had clashes with the media and served a 15-day suspension in 2013-14 over an incident that involved him trying to confront Flames coach Bob Hartley in the hallway near the Flames' locker room. Tortorella's hiring might also be bad news for the team from an offensive perspective, although he might be what the team needs defensively and could in turn save goalie Sergei Bobrovsky's season. At the end of the day, the Blue Jackets' disastrous start necessitated a move and perhaps Tortorella will be the spark that they need.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 09:46:00 AM

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).
Source: TSN.ca
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 11:12:00 AM

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