Moncton, January 15, 2019 – The Moncton Wildcats introduced John Torchetti as head coach and director of hockey operations this afternoon at the Avenir Centre.
“John brings tremendous experience and a strong commitment to winning,” said Robert K. Irving, President of the Moncton Wildcats. “John has had success at every level including winning the Stanley Cup as assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks. I’m confident that John will help build a winning attitude and culture within our team. Today begins an exciting new chapter for the Moncton Wildcats.”
Torchetti, 54, began his NHL coaching career in 1999 with the Tampa Bay Lightning as assistant coach, and has since spent 12 seasons in the National Hockey League, serving as both assistant and head coach. During the 2009-2010 season he helped to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to their fourth Stanley Cup Championship alongside head coach Joel Quenneville.
“I’m excited by the opportunity with the Moncton Wildcats,” said Torchetti. “I’m looking forward to returning to Moncton and helping the team achieve its vision. I want to build a team that gives us the best chance to win the Memorial Cup, while also embracing the Wildcats values. Ultimately, we are entrusted to help shape the character of these young men.”
“The Moncton Wildcats are a first-class organization and I’m excited to be a part of the new era. The Avenir Centre is one of the top facilities in the Canadian Hockey League,” he said.
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Torchetti spent five seasons coaching in the AHL and ventured oversees during the 2013-2014 season as head coach of the CSKA Moskva in the KHL. His most recent coaching experience was with the Detroit Red Wings as assistant coach for both the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons.
No stranger to Moncton, John will be returning to the Wildcats with a wealth of experience and knowledge. During the 2006-2007 season, John was as head coach and director of hockey operations, leading the team to a 39-25-0-4 record on the season, finishing fourth overall in the QMJHL that year.
With John assuming both roles of head coach and director of hockey operations, Ritchie Thibeau will return to assistant director of hockey operations.
Torchetti will make his debut behind the bench on Wednesday, January 16, as the Wildcats host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at 7:00 p.m.
Photos: Daniel St. Louis