The Halifax Mooseheads General Manager Cam Russell has announced that Andre Tourigny has signed a five-year contract to become the new Head Coach of the QMJHL club. Tourigny is the ninth head coach in team history.
“We’re very pleased and excited to welcome Andre and his family to the Halifax Mooseheads organization,” Russell commented, “We are thrilled to be able to land a coach of Andre’s experience and caliber. We’re confident that under his leadership he’ll help our young team take the next step.”
Tourigny previously served as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies for 10 seasons, spanning 2002-2013, and more recently spent the last three seasons an Assistant Coach with both the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League.
“After three years as an Assistant Coach I’m really excited to be back in a Head Coaching position,” Tourigny stated, “The Mooseheads are a top quality organization and they prove their commitment for excellence on and off the ice.”
Tourigny led the Huskies to a winning record in seven of his 10 seasons in Rouyn-Noranda and set franchise records in 27 categories, including most regular season wins with 337. He said he’s looking forward to his new job in Halifax.
“I like the direction the Mooseheads are heading. They have good young players, a lot of good picks at the upcoming draft and a tradition of excellence.”
He explained what makes Halifax a desirable destination for coaches.
“Halifax is one of the top markets in the entire CHL. The fan base is outstanding and it’s a wonderful city.
“I couldn’t ask for a better environment for my family and I.”
Russell said it’s a comforting feeling to have someone of Tourigny’s track record and success guiding the talented young roster.
“It’s really a great fit for our organization and to bring in a coach of his quality and experience is very exciting.”