John Tortorella will be behind the bench when Team USA competes in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, according to a report tsn on Monday.
Testy Tortorella is the winningest American-born coach in NHL history, with 446 wins and a 2004 Stanley Cup title with the Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–08) on his impressive resume. The 57-year-old provided New York tabloids with plenty of fodder while coaching the Rangers (2009-13) before seeing a disastrous and short-lived one-year run end with the Vancouver Canucks in 2014.
Team USA general manager Dean Lombardi, who holds the same position with the Los Angeles Kings, was joined in making the decision by Calgary Flames president Brian Burke and Philadelphia Flyers president Paul Holmgren. usa hockey,
Tortorella, who is no stranger to USA Hockey, found the trust of Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards and Nashville Predators head Peter Laviolette. Tortorella has served as head coach at the 2008 World Championships and as an assistant coach at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The Americans will compete in Group A with Canada, the Czech Republic and Team Europe in the eight-team tournament, which is being held for the first time since 2004. The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be played in Toronto on September 17 – October 1.