On September 9th, John Tortorella will be holding a dog walk, along with Ryan Callahan, Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash and Brad Richards, to help end animal abuse.
In 2007, the St. Pete Times wrote that Tortorella was one of the figures in sports who is actually doing some good.
The Lightning coach and his wife, Christine, remind people that it is easy for some to just write checks, but they implore to do more than that. The Tortorellas ask others to get involved personally, in a more “hands-on” manner. He practices what he preaches, not only raising money for The Children’s Home and the Child Abuse Council with his fishing tournament, but also working with Christine, their children and The Lightning Foundation, taking the children on dolphin-watching tours, to local beaches and hosting them in the St. Pete Times Forum for street hockey games. Tortorella was awarded the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay 2005 Award of Excellence in recognition of his service as an outstanding community role model and for his charitable work with bay area children’s causes. John and Christine were also honored by The Children’s Home with the 2007 Helen Ayala Davis Award for outstanding community service.
More on Tortorella being awarded the Ronald McDonald “Award of Excellence.”
Jay Feaster told Bruce Arthur of the National Post that Tortorella is a guy who “melts around children” and “that he constantly engages in charity work that he has no interest in sharing with the public, or the media, unless forced to do so.”
Feaster said of Tortorella’s interactions with Liam on 24/7 “I said to him it has to kill you to know there are people out there who actually know you’re a nice guy. He laughed. But watch it – his face lit up.”