Canada names Andre Tourigny head coach of 2021 world junior team

Andre-Tourigny.

Andre Tourigny. (Andrew Vaughan/CP)

Hockey Canada has named Andre Tourigny its next head coach for the 2021 world junior championship in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., the organization announced Monday.

Tourigny, 45, is currently the head coach of the Ottawa 67s and served as an assistant for Canada earlier this month when it won gold over Russia at the tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Hockey Canada also named James Boyd to its Program of Excellence management group, and announced Martin Mondou and Alan Millar will return.

“We are excited to provide consistency to our Program of Excellence by welcoming Martin and Alan back to the program at the U18 and U20 levels, and to have James guide our U17 group,” said Shawn Bullock, Hockey Canada’s director of men’s national teams, in a statement.

“We are also thrilled to have Andre return to Canada’s national junior team and build on the momentum from winning a gold medal at the 2020 world juniors. We believe these four men will provide outstanding leadership as we prepare for the upcoming season, and their experience will prove to be a great asset as we continue to build and excel at all levels of the program.”

This will be Tourigny’s first time serving as head coach of the under-20 Canada team after being an assistant at four previous tournaments.

He replaces Dale Hunter, current head coach of the London Knights, as head coach.

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