Flyers’ John Tortorella becomes eighth coach in NHL history to reach 1,500 games

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SEATTLE, Wa. — John Tortorella became nan eighth coach successful NHL history to scope 1,500 games — and nan first calved successful nan United States — erstwhile nan Philadelphia Flyers faced disconnected against nan Kraken connected Friday nighttime astatine Climate Pledge Arena successful Seattle.

Further, nan Flyers’ 4-1 triumph successful Vancouver connected Thursday was his 723rd triumph arsenic a coach, moving him into sole possession of 10th spot connected nan all-time database — thing that nan players recognized aft nan crippled successful nan visitors’ dressing room successful a video posted to its societal media channels.

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Congrats to Torts connected becoming nan 10th all-time winningest coach successful @NHL history. #LetsGoFlyers pic.twitter.com/ecl6ps4Dh8

— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 29, 2023

The 65-year-old Boston autochthonal is successful his 22nd play arsenic an NHL coach and 2nd pinch nan Flyers. His erstwhile stops see nan New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets. He has a grounds of 723-590-149 pinch 32 ties and has guided his teams to nan playoffs connected 12 abstracted occasions. Tortorella, a two-time victor of nan Jack Adams grant arsenic nan league’s apical caput coach (2004 Lightning, 2017 Blue Jackets), won a Stanley Cup pinch nan Lightning successful 2003-04.

Tortorella is successful nan 2nd of a four-year statement pinch nan Flyers, who person been amazingly competitory and are presently successful playoff position successful a twelvemonth successful which galore picked them to decorativeness adjacent nan bottommost of nan convention standings. He had a 50-49-17 people pinch nan Flyers headed into Friday night.

Earlier this week, Tortorella was asked astir reaching nan lofty milestone.

“The only point I’m thankful (for is) that group person entrusted me, to fto maine activity pinch athletes,” he said. “It’s been my life. I admit group having a small religion successful allowing maine to activity pinch them, that’s all. I don’t springiness a s— astir nan number. I conscionable for illustration coaching, I for illustration being astir nan players, and I really admit and americium humbled by nan opportunities I’ve been given.”

For each his of accomplishments, Tortorella has go known arsenic overmuch for his fiery demeanor disconnected nan crystal and successful property conferences, often bristling astatine definite types of questions, while besides offering blunt assessments of players that mightiness not beryllium performing up to his standards.

True to form, Tortorella playfully trim short his media readiness Wednesday successful Vancouver erstwhile he was asked what he enjoys astir coaching.

“Teaching. The controversy, nan conflicts. The bully stuff. The winning. The losing, really to fig (it out). … I for illustration being pinch nan athletes. I for illustration being successful that locker room,” he said.“Everything other astir nan crippled I can’t stand. I for illustration being there, successful nan locker room, school them and being connected nan chair pinch them. Can’t guidelines being retired present pinch you guys (the media). I’d alternatively beryllium successful location correct now. So tin we extremity this?”

Tortorella joins nan Devils’ Lindy Ruff and nan Panthers’ Paul Maurice arsenic progressive NHL coaches to scope 1,500 games. Only Rangers coach Peter Laviolette has much wins successful NHL history among U.S.-born coaches, pinch 776.

Required reading

  • Behind John Tortorella’s team-building philosophy
  • Flyers could person 1 large advantage successful their astonishing push for nan playoffs
  • Should Flyers’ astonishing commencement change GM Danny Briere’s plan?

(Photo: Norm Hall / NHLI via Getty Images)

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