To do it in three years, to get where we're at today, who is kidding whoTampa Bay celebrates Stanley Cup Jun 09, 2004
I bet he was kicking and whining to come back and play the last gameNew Jersey 3, Tampa Bay 1 Apr 30, 2003
The way Stevens played tonight, it didn't surprise me how well he playedNew Jersey 3, Tampa Bay 1 Apr 30, 2003
He gets a couple wins and you could see him slowly come backTampa Bay 2, Washington 1 Apr 20, 2003
Jonathan "John" Tortorella (born June 24, 1958) is an American professional ice hockey coach and is now the head coach of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is perhaps best known for his tenure as head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he led the team to the 2004 Stanley Cup. Tortorella became head coach of the Lightning on June 6, 2001 and stayed on until his firing on June 3, 2008 after six and a half seasons, having compiled a 239-222-36-38 record. The firing took place four years after the team's Stanley Cup victory.
Tortorella has been credited by East Coast Hockey League founders Henry Brabham and Bill Coffey with coming up with the name for the league during a league meeting at a Ramada Inn in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. At the time Tortorella was the head coach of Brabham's Virginia Lancers, but left the Lancers to become the assistant coach of the American Hockey League's New Haven Nighthawks before the ECHL's inaugural season in 1988.
Tortorella went to Concord Carlise High School & is on the athletic Hall Of Fame Wall (1976). John's brother Jim Tortorella is also listed on the wall.