John Tortorella went to the Mike Keenan school of coaching, he would rant and rave and tear guys down and build them back up in the mold of a drill sgt.
Some nights his players hated his guts and other nights they loved him.
It has to be hard to live that kind of existence as a coach, knowing you just totally belittled a player in front of the whole team, made him feel like crap in order to get a little more out of him, it really makes coaches like Keenan and Torts seem like jerks.
I met Torts a few times and he was very friendly and soft spoken but became a raving lunatic once he's in the locker room or behind the bench.
They were also winners so there is something to be said for that, it's just got to be tough to leave the arena each night knowing your players respect you but hate your guts at the same time.
Keenan took ordinary teams to the Stanley Cup finals and so did Torts, they got the most out of players who maybe weren't all that good but they made them better by making them try harder.
Great story Hump.
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