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Tortorella new Canucks Head Coach - It's official

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The Vancouver Canucks formally announced today what has been no secret since last Friday: John Tortorella is their new head coach.

Tortorella, who turned 55 Monday, becomes the 17th head coach in Canuck history. He succeeds Alain Vigneault.

In a statement released prior to a scheduled 1 p.m. news conference, Canuck GM Mike Gillis said the team is “proud to introduce” Tortorella as the new bench boss, ending an exhaustive search that began with the May 22 firing of Vigneault.

“John has coached championship teams and is passionate about winning,” Gillis said in the statement. “He has a proven ability to bring the best out of his players and we believe he has all of the qualities to bring our team success.”

Read more: http://www.vancouver...l#ixzz2XFoNdaKM

Interesting times ahead for Vancouver I feel. Certain players may struggle to come to terms with the change in attitude but Torts will surely provide the kick up the ass that some of the team needs.

The bigger question is whether he manages to get their attention and get them playing with a bit of grit and determination in the first year or so before his abrasive style grates on the players too much. If so they could have success, if not it could be a slo-mo trainwreck.

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