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“At the end of the day, we were both unanimous in our selection,” he said.

Tortorella was fired by the Rangers after they lost to the Boston Bruins in the second round of the playoffs in five games.

As coach of the Rangers the past five seasons, Tortorella led New York to the playoffs three times.

Tortorella has reached the playoffs eight times and won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year in 2004. He was let go four days after the Rangers‘ season ended against the Eastern Conference champion Bruins.

Tortorella was an assistant with the Rangers in the 1999-2000 season and took over for John Muckler as coach for the final four games. Tortorella later spent seven seasons as coach of the Lightning before returning to the Rangers in February 2009 after head coach Tom Renney was fired.

Vigneault was let go after the Canucks were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year. He guided the Canucks to a berth in the Stanley Cup Final in 2011 and helped the team win two Presidents’ trophies and six Northwest Division titles.

Tortorella, the career leader in wins by a U.S.-born coach with 410, served as an assistant for the American team that won silver at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He also handled head coaching duties for Team USA at the 2008 world championship and served as an assistant coach at the event in 2005.

He said he is looking forward to coaching a Canadian team for the first time.

“To be involved with this, I couldn’t be more excited,” he said. “It’s always something I thought about and wanted the opportunity.”

Regardless of the location, Tortorella just wants to win.

“Everybody says be a good loser,” he said. “I think if you’re a good loser, you are a loser.”