Rangers coach graduated from Concord-Carlisle
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The man leading the charge on the other side of the ice in the Boston Bruins’ upcoming playoff series is very familiar with Boston’s place in hockey history.
There is no doubt all of New England is crazy for the black and gold -- but there is a conflict of interest in historic Concord, Mass. The New York Rangers’ intense and fiery head coach is 54-year-old John Tortorella. He went to Concord-Carlisle High School.
Tortorella’s name is etched in a plaque in the high school’s hall of fame.
Dick Kerr was a young teacher in 1976 when Tortorella graduated. His nickname was Tort and he was captain of the hockey team.
“He’s a spunky guy as we know…my understanding from the people that know him is that he’s always been like that. He’s a hard-nosed competitor,” said Kerr, the Concord-Carlisle High School lacrosse coach.
Knowing Tortorella went to school in Concord hasn’t swayed any of the students to cheer for the Rangers in the upcoming playoff series.
When Tortorella’s Tampa team won the Stanley Cup, he called Brent Clark, his former baseball coach at Concord-Carlisle.
“He calls me just to share some memories. That’s the type of guy he is,” Clark said.
The Bruins take on the Rangers on Thursday at the TD Garden.