John Tortorella seems upset: a GIF collection

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.

Reverend Torts

Hallelujah!

20 comments

  1. Gary
    December 2, 2013

    Isn’t the last one ‘find a queue’?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 2, 2013

      Yep. He thinks they’re in the wrong line.

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      • Ed Lau
        December 2, 2013

        I thought he was challenging someone behind me to a game of pool.

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        • Harrison Mooney
          December 2, 2013

          “LET’S DO THIS. FIND A CUE.”

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      • Gary
        December 3, 2013

        I guess ‘queue’ is too English/not American enough for Torts. Has he done a Brian Burke and Canadianised himself a bit? Seems unlikely though…

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  2. Dane Player
    December 2, 2013

    I CANNOT wait until NHL revealed. So looking forward to seeing behind the scenes Canucks and how players react to Torts firing up at them.

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    • Betty Henderson
      December 3, 2013

      I know how I’d react to”Mr.wonderful”. Please Juice, just a quick shot?ok.thx.

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  3. Noodle
    December 2, 2013

    “A new car?!”

    “And a new juke box and 200 piece China set that I’ll never use?!”

    I love you, Price is Right, and your mostly terrible prizes.

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  4. Mike Goerzen
    December 2, 2013

    I love the look on Booth’s face on that last one. What a weird dude. . .

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    • Phileo99
      December 2, 2013

      Yeah, I think Booth knew exactly what was going on, and it looked like he wanted to grab some popcorn to enjoy the show.
      Kind of ironic that he was on the receiving end of it from JT recently.

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    • Kenji
      December 3, 2013

      He seems to be pretty stoked! He fully agrees with what Torts is saying and can’t help himself, but gosh those are a lot of “bad” words – it’s would take a whole bathtub of soap to wash that mouth out! Booth prayed for Torts last night and then quietly whispered “ass-head” to himself and sniggered before jumping into bed and flicking the light off with a fluorish.

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  5. Rob Robertson
    December 2, 2013

    This is amazing. Thanks for compiling these.

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  6. TubaNat
    December 2, 2013

    The best part is Booth’s smile widening as he hears Torts go for it. I gotta admit, I liked AV, but I love Tortorella. Probably the same reason my friends like watching me play video games…

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  7. FKAV
    December 2, 2013

    Bravo.
    Love Torts.

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  8. Pavo
    December 2, 2013

    My favourite is the Hansen skit.

    Point ahead.
    Point to the right.
    Point to the left.
    Poke. Poke. Poke.

    Would make a great dance routine at the Christmas party.

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  9. Melissa W.
    December 2, 2013

    AV he’s not…

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  10. Max
    December 2, 2013

    he’s mad, but he actually sort of looks like a contestant on Price Is Right after the announcer says “A new car!!!”

    That made my day hahaha!

    Also, I hope for the boys’ sake that he doesn’t have bad breath.

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  11. J21
    December 3, 2013

    In that first one, he’s clearly mid-chorus in the Youtube phenomenon “What does the fox say?”

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  12. Iain
    December 3, 2013

    gotta love Lack’s stoneface; it’s like, “Hey this crazy guy is nothing to do with me, I only work here.”

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    • Pavo
      December 3, 2013

      And poor Hamhuis looking more distressed than Edler while Torts yells right behind his head.

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