After days of speculation suggesting that Andre Tourigny he was the first runner to take over as Arizona’s new coach, the team made it official Thursday, engagement Tournigny while signing him to a three-year contract. GM Bill Armstrong issued the following statement:
“We are pleased to nominate André as the new head coach of the Arizona Coyotes. André 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 happy to have him in our organization. ”
While it’s Tourigny’s first NHL coaching job, it’s not the first time he’s worked in the league. Tourigny has been an active coach since 1998, serving as assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015 and with the Ottawa Senators in 2015-16.
Since then, Tourigny has been the head and vice president of the hockey operation for OHL’s Ottawa 67, in which he has seen great success. He has led recent highly acclaimed prospects as well Marco Rossi and Jack Quinn on the road to being one of the best teams in the league. He also served as head coach for Canada’s U20 team at the World Juniors this year, winning a silver medal to add to his trophy case.
The Coyotes hope a change behind the bench can help push the team to success sooner or later. The inconsistency on and off the ice has plagued the franchise for more than a decade, and the Coyotes have made the playoffs only once since 2012. It can be a very different-looking team next year as well. , as before Conor Garland it is found in commercial noises. Tourigny will work to rehabilitate a roster that has had a worrying lack of offense, and will try to take more advantage of important players like Clayton Keller and Phil Kessel. A more beneficial system for Arizona’s offensively inclined players could unlock the next level for this team, something they hope to make Tourigny’s hire. He became the team’s seventh coach since moving to Winnipeg in 1996.