Some of John Tortorella's best soundbytes

Head coach John Tortorella and his Vancouver Canucks face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. (QMI...

Head coach John Tortorella and his Vancouver Canucks face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. (QMI AGENCY)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:08 PM ET

The National Hockey League would be a dull place without John Tortorella.

He can be emotional, abrasive and has a way with words, all of which can create the perfect storm, during a game, in a media scrum or as an analyst. To mark his first visit to the Air Canada Centre as coach of the Vancouver Canucks, here are some gems.

“People have been telling him ‘you’ve arrived, you’ve arrived’. (Former Lightning owner Art Williams) called him the Michael Jordan of hockey. Well, Vinnie hasn’t arrived. He has to go through the same paces as everybody else. With parts of his game, (the coaching staff) is going back to ground zero.” - In 2001, on his battle of wills with Vince Lecavalier in Tampa. Both would win a Cup in 2004.

“We need the occasional save. Four goals on 16 shots ... I’m a little tired of the 25% rule.” - Exasperated by a second straight bad game by Lightning goalie John Grahame.

“It’s wrong, it’s gutless. Park your ego, shove it your pocket.


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