What Will John Tortorella’s Immediate Impact Be with Vancouver Canucks?

August 30th, 2013 by Lyle Fitzsimmons Leave a reply »

A couple things are certain about John Tortorella.

He wins a lot of hockey games—as evidenced by titles on three levels (ACHL, AHL, NHL) and playoff berths in all but three of 14 overall seasons as a head coach.

And when it comes to the locker room, the bench and the press room, he does it his own way.

The scraggly-haired, goateed Tortorella was a fixture in those places for the last five years at Madison Square Garden, and highlights of him delivering terse monosyllabic answers—or full-on putdowns—to the assembled New York Rangers beat writers were as frequent as nifty goals or dazzling saves.

In fact, a 62-second compilation of memorable interactions posted 15 months ago on YouTube has nearly 200,000 views.

I'm not going to give you much information, he said in a post-game press conference during the 2012 playoffs. Some of you guys sit here and tell me I'm curt or whatever. I'm not going to have a staring contest. If you don't ask me questions, I'll just leave. So that's the way it is. I'm sorry I'm not a guy who wants to converse about everything during the playoff ...

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