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John Tortorella hired as ESPN studio analyst to cover NHL

ESPN has hired former Rangers coach John Tortorella to work as a studio analyst as a part of the network’s NHL coverage, The Post’s Andrew Marchand confirmed on Tuesday. Tortorella will begin his role during the upcoming season this fall.

Tortorella, 63, spent parts of six years leading the Blueshirts, first during the 1999-2000 season as an interim head coach during the season and then from 2009-2013. He compiled a 171-118-1-29 record and led the Rangers to four playoff appearances.

Tortorella most recently coached the Blue Jackets for six seasons. The two sides parted ways in May after Columbus posted an underwhelming 18-26-12 record in the shortened season.

Tortorella boasts a 673-541-37-132 career coaching record with the Rangers, Lightning, Canucks and Blue Jackets over 22 seasons, leading Tampa Bay to a Stanley Cup title in 2004.

ESPN reacquired the rights to NHL broadcasts in March following a 17-year hiatus. Tortorella joins a growing list of analysts that will be a part of the network’s hockey coverage, including former Rangers captain Mark Messier and former netminder Kevin Weekes.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
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