COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Columbus Blue Jackets didn't go very far to find their new head coach.
The team Thursday announcing that long-time Assistant Coach Brad Larsen will take over the top spot, and is the eighth head coach in team history.
Larsen has agreed to a three-year contract, through the 2023-24 NHL season.
Larsen has spent the last seven seasons behind the bench for the Jackets, and he replaces John Tortorella, who was let go at the end of the 2020-2021 season. Tortorella was also the winningest head coach in team history.
Jackets President of Hockey Operations, John Davidson, said, “Brad understands the standard that has been set here in recent years for how we expect to play on the ice and how we represent our city and fans off the ice."
Davidson added, “He shares our values and our vision for what it means to be a Blue Jacket and where we want to go as a franchise and is the right person to lead our team moving forward.”