The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed head coach John Tortorella to a two-year contract extension.
Tortorella, who won the Jack Adams trophy awarded to the league’s best coach, has led the Blue Jackets to two of their most successful seasons, one of which was a franchise best of 50 wins and 108 points.
“Our team has been one of the winningest in the NHL over the past two seasons and John Tortorella has played a critical role in that success and in raising the level of our team’s play since his arrival,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a release. “His passion and commitment to being the best has permeated our team and we believe will lead to even greater success in the future.”
Tortorella ranks 19th in wins on the NHL all-time coaching list. He’s 575-462-101 with 37 ties in 1,175 games with the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks and Blue Jackets. He won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2003-04 and is the winningest United States-born coach in NHL history.