Expected new Canucks head coach, John Tortorella, is on Twitter, loves dogs

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.

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:

 

His Twitter account is full of pictures of dogs as well, with his most recent tweet featuring this guy’s loveable mug…

…and a slightly older tweet showing his son with an adorable dog up for adoption.

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?

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23 comments

  1. MaggieLizer
    June 21, 2013

    This is great and all, but here’s the important question: Does his son have twitter?

    But for real, it’s great to see a positive side to Tortorella after all the negativity we’ve heard in the last year or so.

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  2. peanutflower
    June 21, 2013

    Dang, I had my comment about Booth all ready to go until I got to the last line. I was superseded :)

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  3. sarah
    June 21, 2013

    I want that smiley dog to be my best friend

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  4. steveB
    June 21, 2013

    does that smiley dog skate and have a right-handed shot?
    If so, I might thaw out slightly towards Torts :-\

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  5. Lifeforce
    June 21, 2013

    Yeah maybe Tortorella can get Booth to rescue instead of killing for “trophy” hunting!

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  6. Sploody
    June 21, 2013

    Is that a pitbull Torts is hugging…? (But seriously, I like him better for caring about dogs. Good on him.)

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  7. tom selleck's moustache
    June 21, 2013

    “So, uh, has Tortorella met David Booth?”

    Lol, nice.

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  8. Jacob
    June 21, 2013

    So does this mean that now when Zack Kassian is in the coach’s doghouse, he’s just over at Tortorella’s place rolling around under a pile of adorable animals?

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  9. Tom 1040
    June 21, 2013

    Wow! Dan Russell was right. He said Gillis would hire ‘Torts’ last week (ish).

    And, “Rats”… I like Tortorella.

    I liked him after he called the NHL and its officiating out over the Winter Classic.

    That was a ballsy move to say the least.

    I also like that he will sit stars out – like Richards.

    I wonder how much more docile the Vancouver press will be. Actually, they can’t be any more docile than they are now – impossible.

    Finally, if you thought most of last year was boring hockey …

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    • PB
      June 22, 2013

      Clearly I’ve been wrong all along. Wow, this is horrendous. Gillis is going to have to pull another Joacim Eriksson out of a hat to make me forgive this Sestito of a move. With all the NY related moves – signing Sestito, putting a team in Utica, hiring Tortorella, are the Aquilinis moving the team to upstate NY?

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      • Tom 1040
        June 22, 2013

        What if Gillis didn’t make the decision?

        Listen the to Friday Dan Russell Show on 980 via the Audio Vault – 1st segment.

        Pretty interesting and not too rosy a situation for Gillis either way.

        Seems he may have lost the faith of ownership and now they are more involved.

        If the storyline is accurate.

        Whatever the case, happy to believe that this is Gillis’ last stand.

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  10. akidd
    June 22, 2013

    wow! are there two moons in the sky?

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  11. akdd
    June 22, 2013

    wow! are there two moons in the sky?

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    • Tom 1040
      June 22, 2013

      Yeah, really, eh.

      What’s worse, I have a house full of cats – all rescued (sick or injured strays) as well as twice a day feedings, spay and neutering costs, and general care hospital bills for another 10 – 15 neighbourhood strays.

      Gillis as GM; Tortorella as Coach – hockey purgatory for me.

      I still think the team is too far gone for Tortorella to completely revive though I think he is a good hire for this team and where it is at.

      Gotta like a guy who loves animals and hates people. :)

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      • akidd
        June 22, 2013

        hey tom, my first reaction to the ‘tort as likely coach’ thing was a burst of pain and that general feeling still remains but i’m starting see some of the logic of the pro-torts contingent.it’s a desperate decision to wring the last of dirty dishwater from this group. it’s not longterm but short-term. so either a year of disaster and gone or success of some significant amount. i get it. stevens may have been a better longterm choice but seeings as this isn’t about longterm…it’s hail mary time.

        so i get it but the problem is that i saw that 24/7 stuff. and as much as i love that tort’s ‘save animals’ philosophy would be a big stuff(i watched some of nba finals action) to booth’s ‘kill animals’ philosphy it would be a big loss if canuck fans were forced to ‘condone by watching’ tort’s bs macho/abusive managerial style.

        plus no matter how prepared he is as a coach i think anybody who thinks that that kind of dressing room manner(you gotta watch the 24/7 stuff) is effective or ethical must be a complete idiot at heart. people aren’t dogs.

        so, i get it but it’s just not worth it. whatever kind of winning the canucks do must be with class. otherwise it’s just teaching people that it’s okay to be rude and mean to others, that bullying is okay as long as it works.

        it looks like, from his work for animals, he might be a sweetheart deep down but you just can’t treat people like that. “bad, torts, bad!”

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        • Tom 1040
          June 22, 2013

          Hey,

          Cool.

          I never watched 24/7.

          And, I was just kidding. I don’t like people who don’t know how to deal with people respectfully, either.

          It has been recorded that it was the Aq’s the made the coaching decision – see Vcr. Sun and/or Dan Russell Show (forget the guy’s name – also from the Sun).

          Finally, good one: “bad, Torts, bad!” (lol)

          Take care,
          T.

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          • akidd
            June 23, 2013

            hey tom, never seen it? well check this out then. regular season game:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biZlEtaXbw8

            very nice of you to take care of those cats btw.

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            • Tom 1040
              June 24, 2013

              Wow! Pretty good.

              I think he toned it down because of the cameras. He was actually quite positive.

              You should you seen some of my coaches – shoving guys, braking sticks, throwing garbage cans.

              My favourite when I was 16 was the coach jumping up, grabbing the wire mesh that protected the fluorescent lights and then bringing it all down. To everyone’s amusement but his, it came down on his head – broken glass and all.

              As for the cats, cheers. Love ‘em.

              Anyway, take care, akidd and cheers for the link.

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  12. Neil B
    June 22, 2013

    So, Torts is a dog person; I guess that means that the coach’s doghouse will be where his favourites go when they are doing well. That leads to two obvious questions:

    1.) Do we call the place that he puts underachievers “the cathouse” then?
    2.) If so, will the punchlines ever end? [Insert Kassian/O'Brien/Kane/etc. reference here]

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  13. iceman
    June 22, 2013

    “The more I meet people, the more I like my dog.” – A car bumper sticker

    And very true, too.

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  14. Paul from YT
    June 24, 2013

    Ok, I was heavily invested there reading the article, looking at cute pics of all the dogs and all the tweets from others seeing the sentiment, the emotion and all the heart and soul put into his cause… and the last line about Booth just got me laughing out loud.
    But hey, I am sure Booth uses dogs to point/sniff out the animals (especially the bears) trapped by his “Sporting” ways so they will have that to talk about.

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  15. mb13
    June 24, 2013

    So if the owners hired the coach. Is the coach answering to the owners or the GM?

    And back to the whole issue of Gillis being a competent GM. Looks like ownership is losing faith in the guy they, themselves hired. A guy that was gift-wrapped an excellent team and is unable to supplement that team. “Unable to supplement” may be a little kind – he has completely mis-managed the Luongo situation, the Booth trade, the Ballard deal and drafting. I will give him credit for negotiating good contracts (let’s pretend Luongo’s deal doesn’t exist). Thinking out loud – maybe Gillis is just good at negotiating (he is a former agent) but poor at talent evaluation. In all honesty – you can say Hamhuis signing was great but he was consensus best d-man out there that year. Same goes for the Erhoff deal – everybody knew he can play…Gillis just got the deal done.

    Anyways – now there are rumours swirling that ownership wanted Luongo signed long term moreso than Gillis. If that’s the case – how many chefs are in this kitchen? How long will Gillis last?

    My prediction – Tortorella will be the next GM of the Canucks…. eventually

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  16. Sinochick
    June 25, 2013

    So Torts doesn’t run his Twitter account, his daughter runs it. I’m a little disappointed, I won’t lie.

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