The Vancouver Canucks hired head coach John Tortorella, and an article in The Vancouver Sun said he is an animal lover and dog rescuer when he is away from the rink.
“Tortorella and his wife, Christine, run the Tortorella Family Foundation, which, according to their mission statement, “was created to enable our family to reach out to more children in disadvantaged situations, to help others who work to improve the lives of these children and their families, and to help those who protect children, animals, and our environment from harm.” The Vancouver Sun.
While coaching in New York, he was involved in the local humane society and at a dog shelter. He has four dogs, three of them rescues, and tweeted about SPCA events and encouraged people to volunteer at shelters and adopt dogs.
His four dogs were driven across Canada by car to Vancouver, so they could avoid putting them in cages to transport by plane.
We look forward to see if he continues his benevolent work for dogs in the Vancouver area.
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