It’s double dip day in the nation’s capital as the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League have both a new general manager and head coach.
Following the expected hiring of veteran OHL coach and manager James Boyd as the new GM, the 67’s introduced the well-seasoned Andre Tourigny as incoming bench boss. Tourigny (pronounced tour-in-knee) was given the added title of vice president of hockey operations.
Long-time 67’s governor Jeff Hunt, who is part of the Ottawa ownership group, likened the twin tandem hiring as “hitting the jackpot.
“This was a big decision and we scored big with James and André,” Hunt continued. “There are 27 years of major junior coaching experience and 19 years of GM experience between them and both have been highly successful — we definitely got the right guys.”
As the 41-year old Boyd has spent 21 seasons in the OHL as a player, coach and GM, the 43-year old Tourigny is no novice to the high levels of the game, having been a head coach in the Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League and an assistant in the National Hockey League.
Boyd and Tourigny take over in Ottawa from Jeff Brown, who held the dual role of coach and GM and who resigned in April after three seasons with the 67’s.