How John Tortorella's Culture Extends from the Philadelphia Flyers to the AHL Phantoms

how john tortorella's culture extends from the philadelphia flyers to the ahl phantoms

John Tortorella Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Most NHL followers know John Tortorella is a very demanding coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, who are third in the Metropolitan Division as of Nov. 27. But his effect on the organization runs beyond the NHL club.

With off-season development, rookie and training camps seeing prospects and bubble players heading to their NHL cities, Tortorella and other coaching staff across the NHL get a closer look at a larger group of players who are part of their system. It also gives the staff the opportunity to instill the culture they want to see out of all their players and prospects, including those who head back to the AHL.

As Patrick Williams and Jacob Stoller discussed on the Nov. 22 episode of The Hockey News On The ‘A’ Podcast, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms appear to be a more structured and cohesive group under coach Ian Lapierre and Tortorella at the NHL level overseeing the call-ups:

For more AHL discussions with Jacob Stoller and Patrick Williams, check out The Hockey News On The ‘A’ Podcast at Also be sure to visit THN’s new AHL site at

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