John Tortorella Becomes 19th Coach In NHL History To Record 600 Career Wins

By Chris Pennington on January 10, 2019 at 9:55 pm
Tortorella began his head-coaching career in 2001 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and has coached for four different teams, including the New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks, and now the Jackets.

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You just gotta love him.

The first American-born head coach in NHL history to hit 600 wins and just the 19th in total. John Tortorella is one of the most valuable members of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Tortorella began his head coaching career in 2001 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and has coached for four different teams, including the New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks, and now the Blue Jackets. He won a Stanley Cup championship with the Lightning in 2004 and is a two-time winner of the Jack Adams Award, most recently with the Blue Jackets in 2016-17.

Tortorella's all-time coaching record now sits at 600-477-37-104. His Blue Jackets' head coaching tenure has given him 154 of those wins.

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