Tourigny hired as coach of Coyotes

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Andre Tourigny was hired as coach of the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

The 47-year-old replaces Rick Tocchet after the Coyotes finished 24-26-6 this season and failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the eight-team Honda West Division. It was announced May 9 that Tocchet would not return after four seasons.

“It is an honor to be named as the head coach of the Arizona Coyotes,” Tourigny said. “I would like thank (owner Alex) Meruelo, (general manager) Bill Armstrong and (president) Xavier Gutierrez for providing me with this incredible opportunity. I am looking forward to working with this group and our players to build a winning culture here in the desert for our loyal and passionate fan base.”

Tourigny coached Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League the past four seasons and is a two-time OHL Coach of the Year (2018-19, 2019-20). He was an assistant at the 2021 IIHF World Championship, where he helped guide Canada to a first-place finish, and also coached Canada to a second-place finish at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

He’s also been an assistant for the Colorado Avalanche (2013-15) and Ottawa Senators (2015-16), and coached Rouyn-Noranda and Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He was named QMJHL Coach of the Year with Rouyn-Noranda in 2005-06.

“We are very pleased to name Andre as the new head coach of the Arizona Coyotes,” Armstrong said. “Andre is a tremendous person and one of the best young coaches in the game today. He is a winner, a great teacher and a strong communicator who has a proven track record of developing young talent. We are confident that he is the right person to lead our team on the ice and we are thrilled to have him in our organization.”

The Coyotes made the playoffs last season after finishing 11th in the Western Conference with a .529 points percentage (33-29-8). They defeated the Nashville Predators in four games in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers before a five-game loss to the Avalanche in the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round. It was the first time the Coyotes had qualified for the playoffs and won a postseason series since 2011-12.

Tourigny worked under Gerard Gallant at Worlds. Gallant was named coach of the New York Rangers on June 16.

“I would also like to thank everyone at Hockey Canada and the Ottawa 67’s for all their support the past few years,” Tourigny said. “It was an honor and a privilege to coach Team Canada, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to represent my country. The 67’s are a first-class organization, and I wish them all the best in the future.”

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