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Tortorella joins UNH coaching staff

By Marvin Pave
September 18, 2011

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In his position as associate head coach of the men’s hockey team at the University of New Hampshire, Concord native Jim Tortorellawill work with the goalies.

If he can teach the feat he pulled off against a Swedish team while tending goal for the University of Maine, then the Wildcats will add another dimension to their attack.

“We were shorthanded and I just shot the puck down the ice,’’ recalled Tortorella, a 1981 Maine grad who is back at UNH as an assistant after a 15-year run as the head coach at Colby College.

“Their goalie misplayed it and it went into their net. The USA Hockey Hall of Fame asked for my stick and the puck.’’

The Tortorellas were among five siblings who played varsity sports at Concord-Carlisle Regional High. John was a shortstop and Jim a second baseman on the baseball team. They also helped the hockey team advance to the Eastern Massachusetts hockey tournament at Boston Garden in 1975, losing in the final seconds to a Randolph team led by future NHL Hall of Famer Rod Langway.

Jim and John Tortorella, whose names are on the athletic hall of fame wall at C-C, played hockey at Maine under head coach John Semler.

John then played and coached in the professional Atlantic Coast Hockey League. He is now entering his second full season as head coach of the New York Rangers.

Jim worked in the construction business before beginning head hockey coaching stints in Maine at Brunswick High and Cony High in Augusta, twice earning coach-of-the-year honors.

Tortorella spent a season as an assistant at UNH under head coach Dick Umile in 1993-94, was an assistant at Colby the following year and then took over the head coaching job at the Waterville, Maine school. His Division 3 Mules won 238 games, making Tortorella the program’s winningest coach.

“I never thought much about getting to the next step as a coach because I had a great opportunity and a great run at Colby and I’ll miss my players and my colleagues,’’ said the 52-year-old Tortorella. “But I had a chance to work with two respected coaches (Umile and good friend Scott Borek) at a great Division 1 program that I was already familiar with. Having worked with Dick and Scott in the past, this was the only program I would have left Colby to come to.’’

“I have so much respect for Dick, who treats people the right way,’’ added Tortorella, who is helping conduct the team’s opening practices this weekend. He will also tutor the defensemen and penalty killers and be involved in recruiting.

Tennis pros to play on world stage Sheila Weinstock of Framingham and Belmont’s Molly Hahn will represent the United States at the 34th ITF Super-Seniors World Team Tennis Championships Oct. 10-15 in Antalya, Turkey.

Weinstock, who manages the Natick Racquet Club, has been named captain of the Women’s 70s squad that will compete for the Althea Gibson Cup. She is the 2011 national grass court doubles champion and singles finalist and has represented the United States on three previous national cup teams.

Hahn, a math professor at Tufts University, is part of the Women’s 60s team that compete for the Alice Marble Cup. An inductee to the USTA New England Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007, Hahn was doubles champ at the national 60s Grasscourts tournament in 2008 and 2010 and has played on one national cup team.

Local pair swims 26-mile course Elaine Kornbau Howley of Waltham and training partner Greg O’Connor of Natick observed the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by swimming the 26-mile length of Lake Memphrémagog from Newport, Vt. to Magog, Quebec last weekend. They were among four marathon open water swimmers to complete the course out of an original field of nine.

Howley and O’Connor prevailed despite strong headwinds and currents. They were assisted by Howley’s husband, Mark, and friends Lynn Thornton and Jen Schoenberg of Harvard, who provided nourishment from a kayak.

The nearly 18-hour effort also promoted a more open border with Canada.

Law stands out in Park League Dover’s Chris Law, a sophomore at Wesleyan University, had an outstanding season on the mound with the Irish Village Club in the Boston Park League. The 19-year-old Dover-Sherborn Regional High graduate compiled a 2.46 earned run average with 29 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.

“He deserved better than he got and he’s one of the better young talents I’ve seen come into the league in my 12 years,’’ said Irish Village Club coach Mike Liendo.

“He has great control of three pitches and changes speeds and if he builds up his stamina he’s going to make some noise in college.’’

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Law appeared in seven games, three as a starter, last spring for Wesleyan.

Here and there Framingham light welterweight Danny O’Connor (14-1 record, with three knockouts) will face Jamal Del Cid on Wednesday at the 10th annual Fight To Educate card at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.

Lexington’s Peter Crowley, a senior goalkeeper on the Babson College men’s soccer team, was named New England Women’s and Men’s Defensive Player of the Week after posting consecutive shutouts vs. Daniel Webster and RPI.

Going into yesterday’s match with Coast Guard, Crowley had an 0.75 goals against average with three shutouts.

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