Head coach Andre “Bear” Tourigny has reached a three-year contract extension. Tourigny will continue to lead the Coyotes as they embark on the next phase of their rebuild as perhaps their most important piece. Tourigny’s record as the Coyotes coach (53-90-21) doesn’t tell the full story, as he joined the team at the start of an aggressive rebuild. Multiple young players, most notably superstar Clayton Keller and former 5th overall pick Barrett Hayton, have taken tremendous leaps, and veteran players Nick Bjugstad and Troy Stecher listed him among the most prominent reasons they chose to return to the Valley despite being traded at the deadline.
Tourigny will maintain the reins as the Coyotes bring in the team’s top prospect, Logan Cooley, and veteran additions Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba, looking to ice a more competitive team and help their young core take further steps. Bear should not be overlooked as a top coach in the league for long as the team starts its climb up the standings and toward the playoffs. Andre Tourigny’s extension is the feather in the cap of a busy offseason for GM Bill Armstrong.
Tourigny, this offseason, also was head coach for Team Canada in the 2023 IIHF World Championship, helping the team to a gold medal.
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