In a 2009 article in the Tampa Tribune, Joe Henderson tells a story of how John Tortorella had an impact on a family going through a tough time in Tampa Bay.
Henderson writes of the Reeves family in Tampa Bay and how14 year old Jacob had bone cancer.
Mrs. Reeves says that one day Tortorella called up the family and brought over the Stanley Cup.
Mrs. Reeves says of Torts, “When I see John, I see compassion. I see a heart that John has away from hockey. He says he has to be one way with his players to get the most of out of them, but he’s different with his friends.”