Also a quick reminder: Tortorella has already coached the Sedins.
We here at Pass it to Bulis let it be known early on that we were fully in favour of John Tortorella coaching the Canucks, not because we necessarily thought he was the best candidate, but because we like to balance our hockey analysis with humour and entertainment. Tortorella’s fiery run-ins with the media are blogger gold as he is as quick with a quip as he is with a cuss.
What we didn’t realize is that Tortorella would not only provide us with hilarious content, but also heartwarming content. Turns out, Tortorella is on Twitter and, while he’s known for lighting a fire under his player’s asses, his tweets will light a fire under your heart.
Tortorella and his wife, Christine, run the Tortorella Family Foundation, which, according to their mission statement, “was created to enable our family to reach out to more children in disadvantaged situations, to help others who work to improve the lives of these children and their families, and to help those who protect children, animals, and our environment from harm.”
In practical terms, this means they partner with various charities to raise money and awareness for various causes. One of Tortorella’s obvious passions is dogs, and the foundation’s website frequently points out SPCA events and even highlights dogs up for adoption.
That love for dogs comes through on Tortorella’s Twitter account as well, as it’s one of the only things he tweets about.
Let’s start with his profile picture, which gives us a completely different look at Torts than the one we usually see of him behind the bench:
Have you ever seen that face during a hockey game? Because I sure haven’t.
Tortorella’s passion for dogs, particularly rescue dogs, is evident right from when he started his Twitter account last August and is particularly evident during the off-season, when he clearly has more free time to use his Twitter account. He tweeted constantly about dogs (and a couple cats) available for adoption during August and September last year and advocated for animal shelters.
It is time for everyone to step up and volunteer! Start now by going to your local shelter and finding out how to help the animals.
— John Tortorella (@JohnTortorella2) August 19, 2012
He teamed up with the New York Rangers last September for the Rangers Dog Walk to raise money and awareness for the Westchester Humane Society and a shelter in Harrison, New York. He is clearly passionate about the humane treatment of animals and particularly for the caring adoption of mistreated pets. Tortorella himself has four dogs:
This is real.These are my family’s 4 dogs.3 out of the 4 are rescues.Make1dog’s life better.Adopt a dog from a shelter! pic.twitter.com/OODWB2UF
— John Tortorella (@JohnTortorella2) August 17, 2012
His Twitter account is full of pictures of dogs as well, with his most recent tweet featuring this guy’s loveable mug…
Join in with the SPCA Westchester Dog Walk and Pet Fair May 4th 10 am- 4pm FDR Park, Yorktown Heights, NY. ! pic.twitter.com/JcgFDt2VxF
— John Tortorella (@JohnTortorella2) May 2, 2013
…and a slightly older tweet showing his son with an adorable dog up for adoption.
My son& Storm! If u are looking 2 adopt a dog please come 2Westchester Humane Society and see Storm, she needs a home! pic.twitter.com/L1nGDU7T
— John Tortorella (@JohnTortorella2) December 25, 2012
His Twitter account is also chock-a-block with re-tweets of dog-loving Rangers fans. It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see Tortorella and his foundation partner with local animal shelters in the Vancouver area as he continues his advocacy for the humane treatment of animals.
So, uh, has Tortorella met David Booth?Tags: John Tortorella, The Twitters