Two years before he started playing the best hockey of any defenseman on the planet, Seth Jones stood there on the ice, getting screamed at like a toddler who had just drawn on the walls in permanent marker.
He’d heard the rumors. He’d seen all the viral-video tirades in post-game pressers. He knew John Tortorella was a hardass, the kind of coach who stands inches from your face and showers you with spittle when you tick him off. It was January 2016, and Jones, freshly traded from the Nashville Predators, arrived with the Columbus Blue Jackets expecting a fire-breather behind the bench. Tortorella didn’t disappoint. Jones admits he got scolded plenty that first half-season. But he also quickly learned something about himself: he liked it.
In hindsight, it makes perfect sense. This was th...
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