John Tortorella has described being appointed as head-coach of New Vancouver Canucks as his dream job.
Tortorella is famed for his fiery style, a stark contrast from the characteristics associated with his predecessor Alan Vigneault, who was far calmer in his demeanour.
And Tortorella, speaking at his first news conference since being appointed, admitted that he had some work to do to restore his reputation.
“This is the mess I put myself into, and this is the mess I'm going to get myself out of," the 55-year-old said. "Have I made mistakes? Absolutely. I make my own bed in this type of situation with the perception of myself in the media."
He feels the best way to regain his previous reputation would be to deliver a long awaited Stanley Cup to Vancouver and he believes it will be possible with the Canucks.
Tortorella stated: "We have a really good leadership group, but we have not won the Stanley Cup.
"There's going to be more asked of [the players], and that starts from the twins right on down."
Tortorella is Vancouver’s first coach to be born in the US and he said he feels ‘privileged and honoured’ to have the job.
"It's something I've always thought about," the coach, who has signed a five-year deal said. "One of my dreams was hoping some day I could coach in Canada. To be with this team where it's at, I couldn't be more excited."
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