The Arizona Coyotes named Andre Tourigny of Nicolet, Quebec as their new head coach according to the Associated Press on Thursday. Tourigny takes over from Rick Tocchet of Toronto, Ontario, who was relieved of his duties on May 9.
Tourigny had spent the last four seasons as the head coach of the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League. In that time he had a record of 130 wins, 52 regulation losses, and 16 losses in extra time. Tourigny reached the 2019 Ontario Hockey League Finals. but lost four games to two to the Guelph Storm. Then in 2019-20, he won the Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award.
In addition to coaching the 67’s, Tourigny was the head coach of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2003 to 2013, and with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMHL in 2016-17. Like his time with the 67’s, Tourigny reached a league final with Rouyn-Noranda. In 2011, the Huskies lost the QMJHL Final in five games to the Gatineau Olympiques.
In the NHL, Tourigny has spent some time as an assistant coach. He was with the Colorado Avalanche from 2013 to 2015, and then one season with the Ottawa Senators from 2015 to 2016. In 2018, Tourigny coached Canada to a gold medal at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton.