Tony Castillo is the security chief of the Tampa Bay Lightning and someone that John Tortorella visited everyday in the hospital during the summer of 2010 as he recovered from a massive heart attack.
According to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times, Tortorella was a big reason that Castillo recovered from the heart attack that was thought to cause brain damage.
Castillo said he remembers Tortorella ordering him to squeeze his hand “like a man. … He’d jump on the bed saying, ‘I’m going to kick your (rear end) if you don’t get well.’ He told me to fight. It meant the world to me.”
During Castillo’s six week recovery Tortorella sometimes visited twice a day.
Tortorella called Castillo “family” and said that even during the season, the two of them still talk multiple times per week.