September 21, 2018
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Blue Jackets sign former UMaine player to 2-year contract extension

John Locher | AP
John Locher | AP
In this June 21, 2017, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella poses with the Jack Adams Award in Las Vegas. The Blue Jackets have given coach Tortorella a two-year contract extension. The team announced Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, that Tortorella, who has led the Blue Jackets to the playoffs in his first two full seasons, has been signed through the 2020-21 season.
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets have given coach John Tortorella a two-year contract extension.

The team announced Wednesday that Tortorella, a former University of Maine hockey player who has led the Blue Jackets to the playoffs in his first two full seasons, has been signed through the 2020-21 season. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

The 60-year-old Tortorella is the franchise’s all-time leader in wins, guiding Columbus to a 129-87-23 record since being named coach in October 2015. His current $2 million-a-year contract runs through this season.

He won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s coach of the year after Columbus posted the best record in franchise history with a 50-24-8 mark in 2016-17.

Tortorella has compiled a 575-462-138 record (.548) in 1,175 games as coach of four different teams.

He won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003-04. He also coached the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.

He was a hard-nosed right winger at UMaine and played there from 1978-81.

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