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Tortorella joins ESPN as NHL studio analyst

John Tortorella was hired on Wednesday as the studio analyst for ESPN’s coverage of the NHL starting this season.

The 63-year-old coached the Columbus Blue Jackets for six seasons until it was announced on May 10 that he will not be returning. His 673 wins in 20 seasons at the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Blue Jackets are the most in NHL history with Peter Laviolette for a US-born coach. Tortorella is 673-541-132 with 37 draws in 1,383 regular season games and 56-64 in 120 Stanley Cup playoff games.

Tortorella, a two-time Jack Adams Award winner who was named NHL Coach of the Year (2004, Lightning; 2017 Blue Jackets), led Tampa Bay to the Stanley Cup in 2004 and Columbus to his first straight-line win against the 62 win in 2004 Lightning in 2019 when they became the first team to win the Presidents’ Trophy winners in a best-of-7 series.

After leaving the Lightning after the 2007-08 season, Tortorella was a studio panelist for TSN. He coached the Rangers five seasons (2009-13) and the Canucks one season (2013-14) before being hired by the Blue Jackets on October 21, 2015 to replace Todd Richards after Columbus started the 2015-16 season had -7-0. Tortorella was 227-166-54 in the regular season and 13-18 in the playoffs with Columbus.

The Blue Jackets were 18-26-12 last season, tying the Detroit Red Wings last in the eight-team Discover Central division, the first time they missed the playoffs since 2015-16. Brad Larsen was named coach on June 11, after serving as assistant to Tortorella and Richards for seven seasons.

The 2021-22 NHL season kicks off October 12 with a double title on ESPN and ESPN +. The Pittsburgh Penguins visit Stanley Cup Champion Lightning and the Seattle Kraken play their first regular season game with the Vegas Golden Knights.

ESPN, the NHL and The Walt Disney Co. agreed on March 10th on a seven-year contract for television, streaming and media rights.


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