Hockey Canada announced today that Andre Tourigny is now the head coach for Canada’s National Junior Team. Tourigny is currently the head coach of the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League.
Andre Tourigny Named Head Coach By Hockey Canada
Last year, Andre Tourigny served as an assistant coach this year with the gold medal-winning squad. Hockey Canada has now handed the reins over to Tourigny for next year’s tournament. Andre Tourigny has almost 20 years of experience with coaching in the Quebec Minor Junior Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League. Hockey Canada felt like he was the right choice to lead the next generation of Canadian hockey.
Tourigny’s track record has been nothing short of spectacular. Having started out as the head coach of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Tourigny immediately lead his team into the playoffs. Over the next ten years, his team only missed the playoffs once and he caught the eyes of the NHL. He served as an assistant coach with both the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators for three seasons. Tourigny, however, ultimately ended up back in junior hockey where he remains today.
Tourigny as a Coach
Andre Tourigny is a players coach and is held in high regard. He consistently takes to mind the opinion of his players and seems to know how to get the most out of them. He is not afraid to try new things and continually adapts to changes. Players have said that they would run through a wall for Tourigny, which is what any organization wants to hear from their players.
This season, Tourigny continues to experience success. Lead by talents such as Marco Rossi and Jack Quinn, the 67’s are 36-7-0 and look destined to make the playoffs for the third straight season. Tourigny has been a major reason for their success during his tenure.