OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has named André Tourigny as assistant head coach.
Tourigny, 41, spent the last the two previous campaigns as an assistant coach to Patrick Roy with the Colorado Avalanche. A native of Trois-Rivières, Que., Tourigny spent 11 seasons as head coach and general manager of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies prior to his arrival in Denver.
While with the Huskies, he compiled a record of 337-336-20 over 693 regular season games while setting a QMJHL record for the most games coached with one franchise. The 2005-06 recipient of the Ron Lapointe Award as QMJHL coach of the year he also led the Huskies to a league-best record of 47-20-2-1 two seasons later. His initial foray into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League occurred as an assistant coach with the Shawinigan Cataractes from 1998 to 2000.
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