Philadelphia Flyers Hire John Tortorella to Be the Team's Next Head Coach

By Coby Maeir on June 16, 2022 at 5:44 pm
John Tortorella
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John Tortorella is staying in the Metropolitan Division.

The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Tortorella to be the 23rd coach in franchise history and agreed to a four-year contract, according to Kevin Weekes. 

Before working as a hockey analyst at ESPN this season, Tortorella spent the previous six seasons as the head coach of the Blue Jackets. Under his tutelage, the team went 227-166-54 in the regular season and 13-18 in the playoffs. His tenure in Columbus was highlighted when the Jackets swept the President's Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the first playoff series win in franchise history. In 2017, Tortorella won the Jack Adams Award, given to "the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success." 

In 1383 regular-season games, Tortorella has coached teams to a record of 673-541-37-132. His record in the playoffs is 56-64, highlighted by a Stanley Cup Championship with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, the same season he won the first of his two Jack Adams Awards. 

The Flyers will be the sixth team Tortorella has coached. Before his six years in Columbus, he coached the Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, and the aforementioned Lightning. 


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