John Tortorella Once Told His Player to 'Go take some drugs'

Published August 19, 2023 at 3:39 PM

John Tortorella is well-known for his distinct coaching style and memorable antics during games. As his coaching career approaches its end, both current and former players are sharing interesting stories about his off-camera persona.

Former NHL player Brandon Prust recently appeared on the Missin' Curfew podcast and shared a surprising tale from Tortorella's time coaching the New York Rangers. Prust recounted an incident involving Brad Richards, who was struggling at the start of the season. Tortorella jokingly suggested that Richards engage in unconventional behavior, even mentioning using drugs, to overcome his performance slump.

Torts told Brad Richards to go out and do drugs because he was in a slump

While this anecdote is undoubtedly light-hearted and not to be taken seriously, it sheds light on Tortorella's unique approach to bonding with his players. It underscores that beyond his public image, Tortorella's coaching style is anything but ordinary.
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John Tortorella Once Told His Player to 'Go take some drugs'

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