Tortorella resigns as head coach of men's ice hockey

Tortorella resigns as head coach of men's ice hockey

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College Director of Athletics Daron Montgomery announced on Wednesday that head men's ice hockey coach Jim Tortorella has resigned. He will be assuming a coaching position at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.

Hired as the team's seventh head coach in May 2017, Tortorella led the Hawks to a 17-9-1 overall record and the team's 10th Northeast-10 Conference title last season.

"We are grateful for the leadership Jim brought to the program and provided our student-athletes," said Montgomery. "Jim's coaching acumen and his attention to detail were greatly appreciated by everyone associated with our program."

"It was a very difficult process in deciding to leave such a wonderful institution as Saint Anselm," said Tortorella. "There is strong senior leadership, engaging professors, supportive staff, and most importantly, dedicated student-athletes on the Hilltop. I'm honored and proud to have mentored such a strong group of young men over the past year."

In the NE10 Championship, the Hawks stormed back from a 5-2 deficit with less than 12 minutes remaining in the third period to defeat Saint Michael's College, 6-5, in overtime. Saint Anselm finished its 2017-18 season on an eight-game winning streak, the second-longest in team history. Furthermore, the Tortorella-led Hawks posted 17 victories, the most in a single season in over 10 years.

Tortorella, a 20-plus year coaching veteran at all college levels, coached four NE10 All-Conference selections in 2017-18, including the league's Goaltender of the Year, Colin Soucy, and the conference's Rookie of the Year in Alec Andreucci.