Blue Jackets' John Tortorella becomes first American-born coach to win 600 games

The Blue Jackets helped coach John Tortorella make history Thursday.

With Columbus’ 4-3 overtime win over the Predators on home ice, Tortorella became the first United States-born coach to win 600 games in the NHL.

This is Tortorella’s 18th season coaching in the NHL. He has spent time with the Lightning, Rangers, Canucks and Blue Jackets.

Tortorella won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2003-04.

He is now 600-477-37 in his career. He is 19th all time in NHL history in games won and at the time of his victory Thursday, he trailed Canadiens head coach Claude Julien by six wins for 18th all time.

While Tortorella is the first American-born coach to win 600 games, he will soon be followed by the coach on the losing side Thursday.

Peter Laviolette has 598 career wins and will be at 600 very soon.