One of the first things John Tortorella did when he arrived in Vancouver was get the Rogers Arena staff to install doors separating the player benches from the locker-room tunnels.
“It’s like I’m coaching in the stands,” he explained. ”You’re practically coaching in the first row and I’m sure I’m going to piss off a few people. But it’s proper. A lot of things go on and a lot of things are said — especially if there are young kids [in earshot]. It’s just the intensity of the game. You don’t want that.”
In other words, he wanted to be able to swear.
Two months into Tortorella’s tenure as the Canucks’ coach, he has made great use of these doors. (Now, Torts does appear to have changed his stripes in regards to how he handles the media before and after games. I mean, look at this guy:
What a friendly guy. We should hang out.)
But during games, he can get a little wound up. It’s led to some pretty incredible GIFs, and at the rate they’re coming in — especially with the Canucks struggling to string wins together — it’s really time someone started collecting them.
We are that someone. We give you the “John Tortorella seems upset” GIF collection, which will be updated throughout the season. Bookmark it now, and visit this space any time you’re in a bad mood and want some company.
Tortorella reacts to a called-off goal
Look at that wingspan. You watch it enough times and you sort of expect him to take off.
Tortorella reacts to a Chris Kunitz goal
I think he’s saying, “Funky rice”.
Tortorella gives Alex Edler the gears
This is expertly looped by Josh Gold-Smith. It looks like Tortorella just keeps coming back, over and over, to shout Edler down every time he stands up.
Tortorella chews out Jannik Hansen
So much poking. The guy just got back from a shoulder injury. That has to hurt.
Tortorella reacts to another bad call
My favourite thing about this one is that he’s mad, but he actually sort of looks like a contestant on Price Is Right after the announcer says “A new car!!!”
Tortorella thinks you must be kidding
He’s still talking about the new car, I think.
Tortorella shouts at the other bench
I’m no expert lip-reader, but I think he finds them “fun and cute”.
Tortorella vs. Sutter
Thanks to the Royal Half for these next two. First, this incredible juxtaposition of LA’s coach and Vancouver’s. See, one gets ugly. The other? I think you know.