NAHL Texas Tornado

Tony Curtale

Head Coach and General Manager

Tony Curtale returns to the bench for his 11thseason as head coach and general manager of the Texas Tornado. He enters the 2012-2013 season with 557 regular season wins, the most in the history of United States junior hockey. In 1999-2000 Curtale was honored as NAHL Executive of the Year and in 2003-2004 as the NAHL Coach of the Year. In ten years with Texas, a winning tradition has earned him four NAHL Division Championships. The Tornado also won three straight NAHL national championships from 2004-2006 with Curtale at the helm. In each of his first seven seasons with Texas, Curtale guided the Tornado to seven straight 40+ win seasons, including an expansion team-record 42 wins in 1999-2000 and an NAHL-record 48 wins in 2003-2004. Before coming to the Tornado, Curtale served as the head coach of the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League from 1997-1999 and the Springfield Jr. Blues before that.

Curtale was drafted by the Calgary Flames with the 31stoverall pick in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft and played two games for the Flames in the 1980-1981 season. He also had stints with the Brantford Alexanders(OHL), Oklahoma City Stars (CHL), Colorado Flames (CHL), and Peoria Rivermen(IHL) before retiring from professional hockey in 1987.

 

With the Robertson Cup championship in 2012, Curtale has won the NAHL championship seven times. He won back-to-back titles with Springfield in 1996 and 1997 and has won five Robertson Cups since becoming the bench boss for the Tornado, most recently in 2012.