The Blue Jackets’ next head coach was there all along.
Today, the club announced that Brad Larsen would take over the reigns from John Tortorella, becoming the eighth head coach in franchise history. Larsen has signed a three-year deal, so he’ll be here through the 2023-24 season.
In his playing days, Larsen was a left winger. He played in 294 NHL games for Colorado and Atlanta, tallying 19-29-48. After he retired, Larsen jumped into coaching, joining the Blue Jackets organization as an assistant coach for the Springfield Falcons (AHL) in 2010. Then, he was named Springfield’s head coach, and turned in two very impressive seasons at the helm from 2012 to 2014, going 92-45-15.
He was then promoted to the Blue Jackets, where he began his tenure as an assistant during the 2014-15 NHL season. Larsen served one year under Todd Richards, and then the next six were spent with John Tortorella.
“We underwent an exhaustive process in which we looked very closely at a number of outstanding candidates to be the next coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets and the one individual we kept coming back to throughout was Brad Larsen,” said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. “Brad was one of the top young coaches in the American Hockey League when he joined our club as an assistant coach and over the past seven years has earned the respect of our players, staff and organization with his work ethic, hockey acumen and…