Ex-Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella Hired By Vancouver Canucks

Originally posted on CBS New York:

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (CBSNewYork/AP) — The former Rangers head coach is in for a change of scenery.

The Vancouver Canucks hired John Tortorella to be their new coach on Tuesday.

Tortorella was recently fired by the New York Rangers after they lost to the Boston Bruins in the playoffs in five games.

The 55-year-old Tortorella replaces former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, who took over as the Rangers coach last week.

Tortorella has been an NHL coach since 2001. He led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup championship in 2004.

As coach of the Rangers the past five seasons, Tortorella led New York to the playoffs three times.

“John has coached championship teams and is passionate about winning,” Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement. “He has a proven ability to bring the best out of his players and we believe he has all of the…

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