John Tortorella and the 9 Best Motivational Coaches in NHL History

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John Tortorella and the 9 Best Motivational Coaches in NHL History
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Being a coach in the NHL is not an easy task. In a league that features players young and old from a mixture of countries like Russia, Croatia, Czech Republic and Sweden, some might say that the language barrier causes the NHL to be the most difficult sport to coach.

Much like the other major sports, the media tends to overlook the coaches and places the players in the spotlight. However, when things go wrong, coaches are the first ones blamed. This causes the coaching carousel to spin. Some years that carousel seems to spin faster than others.

One tool a coach can use to avoid the carousel is called motivation. If a coach is motivated and willing to put 110 percent into coaching on and off the ice, then his players will follow suit.

With that, here are ten of the best motivational coaches in NHL history.

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