Columbus Monthly – Columbus Pets Guide: John Tortorella’s Soft Spot
By Chris Gaitten
Posted Dec 2, 2020
For the Columbus Blue Jackets coach, hockey is the hook—he’d rather talk about dogs and horses.
Over the years, the Tortorella household north of Columbus has become a haven of sorts, a second-chance home for animals in need. John Tortorella, the Blue Jackets coach, talks with tenderness about his family’s dogs, the ”pittie″ mixes. First, there’s Jack, whose mother was run over when he was a feral pup. John and his wife, Christine, rescued him. There’s Blaze and Sherman, spared from a poorly run shelter, and Kali, the foster who never left. And there are horses—Willow, Rose and Skye—all rescues too.