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The Philadelphia Flyers on Friday officially named their new head coach John Tortorella.

Tortorella has been the Flyers’ fifth head coach since 2010. The team eliminated Alain Vignolt in the middle of the 2021-22 season after an 8-10-4 start. Mike Yo served as interim head coach of Philadelphia and was 17-36-7 the rest of the way.

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Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella watches his team play against the Dallas Stars on March 14, 2021 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella watches his team play against the Dallas Stars on March 14, 2021 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
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“I am very happy to have John as the next head coach and to bring the voice behind the Flyers bench,” Flyers Hockey Operations President Chuck Fletcher said in a statement. “John demands the best players in each of his games. He is the Stanley Cup champion and has a long track record of both regular season and playoff success. In the course of the interview, we discussed a number of key factors to bring about this. Team instant success, and his focus and style on our locker room It’s clear to me that it’s the right person to restore a successful environment. “

Tortorella last coached the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2015 to 2021. He was dropped after the 2020-21 season when the Blue Jackets went 18-26-12. During that time he led the team to four playoff matches.

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Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella while conducting training camps on January 4, 2021 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella while conducting training camps on January 4, 2021 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
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“I’m very excited to be part of such a historic and respected franchise as Philadelphia Flyers,” Tortorella said. “From my first conversation with Chuck, I knew it’s the right fit for me and I believe this team is headed in the right direction. Having faced the flyers over the years, I know firsthand how difficult it is to play in Philly City and to be on the right side of the bench early in the night in front of such loyal and passionate flyers fans. Looking forward. “

Tortorella was the head coach of Tampa Bay Lightning when the team won their first Stanley Cup in 2004. He also coached the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks.

He holds the record of 673-541-132 with 37 ties when counting ties in the NHL.

“It was a critical moment for our franchise, and Chuck made a strong choice in John Tortorella as the next head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers,” said Flyers Governor Dave Scott. “John embodies the values ​​of this franchise and the city – hard work, perseverance and determination – and I look forward to seeing him work with our team soon.”

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella speaks to the media after Game Four in the first round of the Eastern Conference during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs on April 16, 2019 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  Columbus defeated Tampa Bay 7-3 to win the series 4-0.

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella speaks to the media after Game Four in the first round of the Eastern Conference during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs on April 16, 2019 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Tampa Bay 7-3 to win the series 4-0.
(Jamie Sabou / NHLI by Jetty Images)

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Philadelphia last reached the postseason in 2020, losing in the second round of the Bubble Playoffs. The team last appeared in the Stanley Cup Final in 2010 and last won in 1975.