John Tortorella ends Blue Jackets career with overtime win over Detroit; winningest CBJ coach ever

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John Tortorella CBJ coach Last Zoom presser after 5-4 OT win over Detroit 5 8 2021.mp3

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and head coach John Tortorella, whose contract expired at the end of the 2020-21 season, have mutually agreed to part ways, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. 

Tortorella, 62, is the winningest coach in Blue Jackets history, guiding the club to a 227-166-54 record (.568 points percentage) in 447 games since being named head coach of the club on Oct. 21, 2015.  He led the Blue Jackets to four-straight appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs from 2016-20 and was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year in 2016-17 and 2019-20.  He won the award in 2016-17 after Columbus posted the best record in franchise history with a 50-24-8 (108 pts.) mark. 

A Boston native, Tortorella owns a career record of 673-541-169 in 1,383 career games with the Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning.  He won his first Jack Adams Award in 2003-04 after leading the Lightning to the Stanley Cup championship.  He is the winningest U.S.-born coach in NHL history as he ranks first in wins and games coached.

With tonight’s overtime win, John Tortorella surpassed Mike Keenan for the 12th most NHL career wins with 673.


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