John Tortorella is an analyst for NHL coverage on ESPN. Tortorella joined the ESPN broadcast team in 2021, where he serves as an analyst for select NHL games.
Most recently the head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Tortorella served 20 seasons in the NHL as a head coach. He is the first American-born NHL coach to reach 500 wins and has twice been awarded the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach. His teams reached the post-season eight times; won three division titles; won two regular season conference titles; won one playoff conference title and won one Stanley Cup.
Tortorella completed his first season as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2015-16. Before joining the Blue Jackets, he head coached the Vancouver Canucks in 2013-14 after five seasons with the New York Rangers from 2008-13. Prior to the Rangers, Tortorella was head coach for the Tampa Bay. Lightning for seven seasons, leading the team to its first-ever Stanley Cup in 2004.
Tortorella also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that earned a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Previously, Tortorella served as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship in Halifax and Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. He was also an associate coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2005 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Vienna and Innsbruck, Austria.
A Boston native, Tortorella began his playing career at Salem State College before transferring to the University of Maine. He spent three seasons with the Black Bears and was twice named an Eastern College Athletic Conference all-star. After playing in Sweden, Tortorella played in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League with Virginia, Hampton Roads and Erie.
Tortorella and his wife, Christine, have two children, Brittany and Dominick.