|Born||July 9, 1964|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Previous team(s)||San Antonio Iguanas|
Fort Wayne Komets
San Antonio Rampage
Detroit Red Wings
John Torchetti (born July 9, 1964) is a former American ice hockey player and coach. Torchetti has been an interim head coach in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Florida Panthers, the Los Angeles Kings, and Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Torchetti has served as the head coach for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (2002-2003), the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL (2006–2007), and the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (2014–2016). He served as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Thrashers, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL, as well as the Kontinental Hockey League's HC CSKA Moscow.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
Torchetti played prep school hockey for the powerful New Preparatory School of Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a post-graduate at the age of eighteen under the coaching tutelage of the regionally renowned George Kozack. Before attending New Prep School, Torchetti played for Jamaica Plain High School in the Boston City League, where he set state scoring records, superseding the ones achieved in the late 1960s by Robbie Ftorek of Needham High School.
Torchetti started his professional career as a member of the Carolina Thunderbirds, where he would spend seven of his eight seasons. Torchetti led the All-American Hockey League (AAHL) in goals (63), assists (71), and points (134) during the 1987-88 AAHL season. He would have a brief call-up with the Binghamton Whalers of the American Hockey League at the start of the 1988-89 season, but returned to Carolina, which had since helped found the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), after ten games.
After eight seasons in the minors, Torchetti retired from hockey after the 1990-91 ECHL season.
His first coaching assignment came as an assistant coach for the Greensboro Monarchs of the ECHL. His first head coaching position was with the San Antonio Iguanas of the Central Hockey League, where he took over when Bill Goldsworthy became ill. He coached the Iguanas to the finals twice in two years and won the Commissioner's Trophy for coach of the year in 1995. After spending the first half of the 1996-97 season as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Dragons of the International Hockey League, Torchetti became head coach of the Fort Wayne Komets. In 1998, he won the Commissioners' Trophy.
Before the 1999-2000 NHL season Torchetti was hired as an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning under Steve Ludzik. In 2002, Torchetti returned to San Antonio when he was hired as head coach of the San Antonio Rampage in the American Hockey League (AHL). After 65 games he was promoted to assistant coach with the parent club, the Florida Panthers. In 2004, he served 27 games as interim head coach, replacing Rick Dudley. He finished with a 10-12-4-1 record before being replaced by Jacques Martin. During the 2005-06 NHL season, Torchetti was hired by Dave Taylor as interim head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. With a chance to clinch a playoff spot, he had a 5-7 record in the team's final 12 games and was not retained by the Kings, instead being replaced by Marc Crawford.
In 2006, he was hired by the Moncton Wildcats to replace Ted Nolan as head coach and director of hockey operations. He coached the team to a 39-25-0-4 record and a third-placed finish in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Eastern Division. The Wildcats were eliminated in the first round by the Halifax Mooseheads.
On November 12, 2014, he was announced as the head coach of the Iowa Wild. He replaced Kurt Kleinendorst, who had started the season with a 2-10 record. This marked a return to a franchise he led in Houston. On February 13, 2016, Torchetti he was promoted to the interim head coach of the NHL's Minnesota Wild.
On January 15, 2019, Torchetti was announced to return as the head coach and director of hockey operations for the Moncton Wildcats. On December 14, 2019, the Wildcats announced that Torchetti was fired, a decision made due to "internal reasons."
|First Team All-Star||1987-88|
|Most goals scored||1987-88|
|Most Valuable Player||1987-88|
|Regular season champion||1984-85, 1985-86|
|Riley Cup winner||1988-89|
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|FLA||2003-04||27||10||12||4||1||(75)||4th in Southeast||Missed playoffs|
|LAK||2005-06||12||5||7||-||0||(89)||4th in Pacific||Missed playoffs|
|MIN||2015-16||27||15||11||-||1||31 (87)||5th in Central||Lost in First Round vs DAL 2-4|