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Canucks fire head coach John Tortorella
VANCOUVER, B.C. (WKTV) - The Vancouver Canucks announced that they have fired head coach John Tortorella and assistant coach Mike Sullivan, Thursday.
Tortorella lasted just one year at the helm of the Canucks after spending the previous five seasons with the New York Rangers, with Sullivan serving as an assistant there as well.
He signed a five-year deal to become the head coach of Vancouver in the off-season, eventually swapping positions with current Rangers' head coach, Alain Vigneault
The team got off to a quick start under the new coaching staff, but injuries and inconsistent play derailed the Canucks, who missed the postseason for the first time in six years.
The Canucks finished 36-35-11 in Tortorella's first, and only, season in British Columbia, but locally saw numerous appearances from Utica Comets' players such as Niklas Jensen and Frank Corrado, and saw the NHL debut of former local star Mike Zalewski, who recorded an assist in two games played to end the year.
Tortorella won the Stanley Cup as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2003-04 season, and won the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year that season as well.