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Canucks announce Tortorella hire: ‘John knows how to win’

Jun 25, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

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Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis has confirmed the hiring of John Tortorella, who will become the 17th head coach in franchise history.

Here’s an excerpt of Gillis’ letter to ticketholders:

I’m very pleased to announce that we’ve just named John Tortorella as the new head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. It’s a great day for our organization, and I’m confident that this change will make an immediate and significant impact on the team.

Over the last several weeks, we have looked at every possible option for this role and we met with several exceptional candidates. We approached the process with completely open minds but with a very clear view of what we need to accomplish. As I said at the end of the season, we are an organization committed to doing everything possible to win, from ownership down. I feel John gives us the best opportunity to accomplish that goal.

John knows how to win. He’s won the Calder Cup and the Stanley Cup and has been very successful with a broad range of players and teams. Beyond John’s tremendous skill, insight and experience, he will be a great fit in terms of his values and work ethic. Off the ice, John and his wife have done inspiring work through the John and Christine Tortorella Family Foundation and he’s been a champion and a support for many people in need. John is also extremely excited about our players, our organization, our fans and our community.

The Canucks will officially introduce Tortorella to the media this afternoon but, prior to that, will hold a live online interview on the team website where ticketholders can submit questions for the new bench boss.

Tortorella already spoke with Canucks.com about his new role, and how he’ll need to adjust some of his, ahem, personality traits after five seasons in New York.

“I think it’s come to the point with me, where I’m kind of being defined as ‘that lunatic,’ not only on the bench, but also after games with media,” he explained. “I don’t want to be defined that way, but I do make my own bed in that type of situation and I need to make some corrections, I need to make some adjustments in that part of it.

“I’m dealing with an older team here, as I look at the roster, I think I need to respect the older players and some of the processes they’ve gone through and make adjustments with myself as far as how I handle them.”

  1. canucks30 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

  2. barkar942 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Good luck, Torts. I, for one, will miss you here in NY. I know Liam will, too.

  3. canucks30 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:16 PM

  4. kingcobraman - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    our saviour is here… amen…

  5. canucks30 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM

  6. c1md6 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Good luck Canuck fans and get ready to have your star players blocking shots and cycling the puck from behind goal line every game. I don’t get the move, if that style wasn’t successful in a grind conference like the east how on earth will it be successful in a wide open west? Interesting to see if he opens up a little bit, but it was his stubbornness that got him the boot in NY so who knows.

    • phirerysky - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Yeah, I’ve never seen Kesler block a shot or watch the Sedins cycle the puck. I have a wait and see attitude. He did coach differently in Tampa than in NYC, so there’s no reason he won’t adjust in Vancouver.

  7. canucks30 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

  8. canucks30 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

  9. pirovash88 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    “John knows how to win” Umm.. How many cups did he win with his All Star team in NY?

    • gaborik104life - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      It was a good team not an allstar team buddy. There are plenty of teams that haven’t performed with good rosters and have had much longer than 5 years. On top of that he does have a cup to his name something most coaches do not.

      • pirovash88 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        Lol, no need to be bitter about why NY keeps bombing. Have fun watching your favorite player in Columbus “buddy”.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        He’s not your buddy.

    • ryanrockzzz - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      He only won that one with a less talented team in Tampa.

      • gaborik104life - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        You obviously do not know their roster. Look at the stats and get back to me.

  10. canucks30 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

  11. canucks30 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

  12. hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    losers lunch.

  13. trbowman - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Won’t end well. That’s a mentally fragile group in Vancouver.

    • rodeoclowndc - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Yeah. And their hockey team is a bunch of basketcases too…

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        Torts got it made: New Yawk City doesn’t have any weirdoes; it’s so clean you can eat off the street; the seafood from local waters is clean and pure; and the people aren’t in a hurry and are mighty friendly and polite. Whaday mean, “no”?

  14. jaredphi - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Tortorella already spoke with Canucks.com about his new role, and how he’ll need to adjust some of his, ahem, personality traits after five seasons in New York.

    “I think it’s come to the point with me, where I’m kind of being defined as ‘that lunatic,’ not only on the bench, but also after games with media,” he explained. “I don’t want to be defined that way, but I do make my own bed in that type of situation and I need to make some corrections, I need to make some adjustments in that part of it.

    ^And THAT’S the key. Right there.

    Good to hear Torts can be a big man and admit his mistakes (certainly too long enough though…)

  15. giantsfan155 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Torts knows how to win? HahahahaHAHAHAAHA..hahahah..ahaa..ahaahaha…HAHA

  16. ludacrish05 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Torts says all the “right things” in the off season but when it comes to the pressure, he’s the lunatic we all know. It’s not going to change and I feel bad for Vancouver.

  17. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    I commented in a previous article that hiring Torts could work for the Canucks if and only if he stops antagonizing the press and chewing out his players in public. Sounds like he has every intention of doing that. Time will tell if he will. Is he a winner? When you etch your name on the SC you become hockey royalty. This mere fact warrants a hard look and consideration for any position in hockey. He has also won a Calder. These are 2 huge championships on a resme that warrant attention. I also wrote that he has to use each players potential to their fullest as opposed to imposing a a blue collar approach for each player. If the twins are productive leg them be. If a player is constantly batting .300+ in baseball don’t change his stance.

  18. badintent - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Hope John announces that he love to hunt bears, deer, etc. That way all the left winger liberals in BC will go bonkers and demonstrate at Canuck games. Another hockey riot is what the economy needs to kick start the poor economy. Or we can just wait until the Stanley cup finals, 1994 and 2010 provided new jobs in construction, cleaning, and security. Mayor Gregor has announced that new bike lanes will provide greater access for rioters and help block police cars from timely responses to looters and arsonists.

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