Andre Tourigny

Senators hire André Tourigny as an assistant coach

The Ottawa Senators announced that André Tourigny was hired as an assistant head coach on Thursday.

Tourigny (pictured to Patrick Roy’s left) was with the Colorado Avalanche in 2014-15 and 2013-14. He resigned in May, with the reasoning be stated that he was pursuing a head coaching gig. Instead, he’ll serve as Dave Cameron’s assistant.

The Denver Post postulated that Tourigny wasn’t to blame for the Avs’ oft-mentioned possession issues, yet it’s not exactly the greatest calling card, either. That said, he had a lot of success at the QMJHL level and must have made an impression on Cameron while coaching Team Canada at multiple World Junior Championships.

For more on Tourigny, check out the Senators’ release.

Report: Cameron nearing a two-year extension with the Senators

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun the Senators and coach Dave Cameron are nearing an agreement on a two-year contract extension.

Cameron took over the head coaching duties after Paul MacLean was fired on Dec. 8.

The 56-year-old led the Senators to a 32-15-8 record good for the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Cameron is also close to filling out his coaching staff.

Garrioch’s sources say former Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Andre Tourigny, will fill the spot left by Mark Reeds who passed away in April.

Tourigny was an assistant on Cameron’s coaching staff when Team Canada won silver at the world junior championship’s in 2011.