Prior to joining the Avalanche’s staff, Tourigny, 40, spent the previous 11 seasons as head coach and general manager of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He compiled a 337-336-20 record in 693 games behind the Huskies’ bench, which set a QMJHL record for most games coached with the same franchise. He was awarded the Ron Lapointe Award as QMJHL coach of the year in 2005-06 and two years later guided the Huskies to a league-best 47-20-2-1 record.
Tourigny spent time as an assistant coach with the QMJHL’s Shawinigan Cataractes (1998-2000) and was the head coach of the midget AAA Trois-Rivieres Estacades (2000-02) before being hired by Rouyn.
A native of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Tourigny served as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2010, 2011 and 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, helping the Canadian Junior National Team to the silver medal in both 2010 and 2011.
Andre and his wife, Melanie, have two sons, Felix-Antoine and Jean-Philippe, and a daughter, Marie-Lea.