It’s been a big day for André Tourigny. The junior coach has not only signed one contract but two, inking new deals with the Ottawa 67’s and with Hockey Canada.
For Canada, it is a one-year deal to become a full-time coach, with a guarantee that Tourigny will be behind the bench at four different events. He will serve as head coach at the 2022 World Juniors and 2022 IIHF World Championships while serving as an assistant for the 2021 IIHF World Championships and 2022 Olympic Games. This is the first full-time coaching agreement with Hockey Canada since Marc Habscheid in 2005 and provides even more stability to an organization that always puts a competitive team on the ice. Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s senior vice president of national teams, released a statement on the agreement:
We are extremely excited to welcome André Tourigny to Hockey Canada as a full-time coach for the 2021-22 season, as his extensive hockey pedigree makes him a key asset to our national teams. André’s knowledge, insight and international experience will be a critical factor in supporting our Olympic preparation in addition to leading Canada’s National Junior Team for the second consecutive year at the IIHF World Junior Championship. André will also contribute to our work with our NextGen players and coaches through his involvement with our development programs. We are thankful to the Canadian Hockey League and the Ottawa 67’s for their support in releasing André to Hockey Canada for next season.
The 67’s may be releasing him for a year, but that doesn’t mean his involvement in Ottawa’s OHL team is over. Just minutes after Hockey Canada made their announcement, the 67’s made one of their own. Tourigny has signed a six-year extension with the team to remain head coach and vice president of hockey operations. Associate coach Mario Duhamel, who also signed a multi-year agreement, will serve as head coach while Tourigny is fulfilling his international duties.
Ottawa has been a powerhouse under Tourigny, compiling a 130-52-16 record since he took over in 2017. After losing in the OHL Finals in 2019, the team looked poised to compete for a title again given their .815 winning percentage before COVID shut down the 2019-20 OHL season. This year, while the OHL was still on pause, Tourigny coached the Canadian World Junior squad to a silver medal, a year after leading them to gold.
If there was any thought of bringing Tourigny up to the NHL level, it appears to be off the table for the time being. The 46-year-old has plenty of career left though and could chase that dream down the road. He last appeared at the NHL level with the Ottawa Senators in 2015-16, serving as an assistant coach.