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UNH men’s hockey associate head coach Tortorella leaving

University of New Hampshire men’s hockey associate head coach Jim Tortorella will be leaving the team’s bench, Coach Dick Umile announced yesterday.

Tortorella will be leaving to pursue a career outside of hockey as chief operating officer at the Foundation House in Portland, Maine, which supports recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. The team will begin searching for a replacement, and Tortorella will stay on in the meantime.

“Jim has been a tremendous asset to the program during his time here,” Umile said. “He has decided to make a career change, and I wish nothing but the best for him and his family.”

Tortorella first arrived in Durham as an assistant for the 1993-94 season, and returned in 2011-12 as the associate head coach. A defensive specialist, he helped the Wildcats post the country’s ninth-best scoring defense in 2012-13. He was frequently given credit by Umile for the team’s penalty kill performance, which was second-best in the country during that 2012-13 season, which saw the Wildcats reach the NCAA Northeast Regional final.

Tortorella is the brother of John Tortorella, a head coach with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks who won a Stanley Cup title with Tampa Bay in 2004.

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