This interview originally aired on CHUO 89.1FM on December 12, 2017.
This week, we’re chatting with Ottawa 67’s head coach André Tourigny. The Nicolet, Quebec native is in the middle of his first season at the helm of the 67’s, who are celebrating their 50th season.
The 67’s will be facing their cross-river rivals, the Gatineau Olympiques, on December 17 in an outdoor game at TD Place – the day after the NHL 100 Classic between the Sens and Habs.
Tourigny’s career has seen him coach in the QMJHL (with Rouyn-Noranda and Halifax), the NHL (as an assistant with the Colorado Avalanche and here in Ottawa), at the World Junior Championships, and now in the OHL with the 67’s.
We ask him what it takes to be a successful coach, the fortuitous friendship between 67’s owner Jeff Hunt and Halifax Mooseheads owner Bobby Smith, which led to Tourigny joining the 67’s, and what it takes for a team to get out of a slump *coughSENScough*.
“Every situation can be different. It can be confidence, it can be injury, it can be inside fighting, whatever. It’s always tougher than it looks to stop a slump. You need one game, one shutout, one big goal to get the confidence back and get the ball rolling.”
The Ottawa 67’s face off against the Gatineau Olympiques at 3pm on Sunday, December 17 at TD Place. Tickets are on sale at the box office and online.