John Tortorella Back With Lightning (Sort of..)

Former Rangers coach John Tortorella is back with the Tampa Bay Lightning, taking part in Lightning Day in Tampa.

Tortorella will participate by coaching the Lightning Conference All-Star Game which pits Team Tortorella against Team Andreychuk. The day will also be highlighted by a Battle of the Badges game, presented by Bright House Networks, featuring local fire departments versus local police departments. Lightning alumni will also participate in the Battle of the Badges game and Tortorella will help coach both teams during the game.

“Hockey Day celebrates and puts the spotlight on our great game at every level we touch in the Tampa Bay area,” said Lightning executive director of community hockey development Jay Feaster. “From youth to high school to adult, from ice to street to sled hockey, literally every program our Community Hockey Department interacts with during the year will be on display at Hockey Day. The fact that all of the proceeds will go to charity makes it even more special, and we are looking forward to an incredible day of hockey.”

After the disaster last season in Vancouver for Tortorella, he may need some good will to rebuild his image.


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