Arizona Coyotes hire Andre Tourigny as head coach after firing Rick Tocchet

The Arizona Coyotes decided it was time to move on from Rick Tocchet at season’s end. Today they announced the hiring of Andre Tourigny as their new head coach Thursday.

His contract is for three years. Financial terms were not announced.

“We are very pleased to name Andre as the new head coach of the Arizona Coyotes,” general manager Bill 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.”

Andre Tourigny new Coyotes bench boss

Tourigny, 47, most recently was the head coach of the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League and head coach of the Canadian junior national hockey team.

He replaces Rick Tocchet, who compiled a 125-131-34 record over four seasons with the Coyotes before the two sides parted ways on May 9. Arizona was 24-26-6 and missed the playoffs in 2020-21.

The Coyotes have qualified for the postseason just once in the past nine seasons.

“It is an honor to be named as the head coach of the Arizona Coyotes,” Tourigny said. “I am looking forward to working with this [management] group and our players to build a winning culture here in the desert for our loyal and passionate fan base.”

Coaching experience

Tourigny spent the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons as an assistant on Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy’s staff and joined the Ottawa Senators for the 2015-16 seasons.

Tourigny was named the OHL Coach of the Year in 2018-19 and 2019-20. The 2020-21 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He compiled a 130-52-16 record and won two division titles in three seasons at Ottawa. Prior to that, he coached for 12 seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Rouyn-Noranda (2002-13) and Halifax (2016-17).

Tourigny led Canada to a runner-up finish to the United States at the 2021 World Juniors in Edmonton, Alberta.

He alsoserved on Hockey Canada’s coaching staff as an assistant coach at the 2021 IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia, in which Canada won the gold medal. Tourigny was on a one-year loan to Hockey Canada from the 67’s.

–Field Level Media