Avalanche assistant coaches Tourigny, Duhamel won’t be back with team

The Colorado Avalanche will need to find two assistant coaches for next season. Assistant coaches Andre Tourigny and Mario Duhamel have both left their posts and are looking for new gigs. Both with the club since 2013-14, Tourigny was a defensive coach while Duhamel acted as the club’s video coach.

Patrick Roy will still be behind the Colorado Avalanche bench next season, but two of the men supporting him will be fresh faces on his staff.

The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers reported Monday evening that Avalanche assistant coaches Andre Tourigny and Mario Duhamel both won’t be back with the team next season, instead looking for coaching gigs of their own.

Tourigny, who has spent the past two seasons with the Avalanche, is a former head coach of the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. During his time with Colorado, he served as the Avalanche’s defensive coach. Though the Avalanche were one of the worst teams in the league at shot suppression, it was reported that Tourigny was not fired but rather chose to resign and look for a coaching position of his own.

During his tenure with the Huskies, Tourigny coached the club to the playoffs in all but one season, making it to the conference finals three times and the league final once.

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As for Duhamel, he served as Tourigny’s assistant in Rouyn-Noranda in 2008-09 before moving on to take over the head coaching duties for the Drummondville Voltigeurs in 2009-10. In his first season as coach of the Voltigeurs, Duhamel helped lead the club to the conference final, but failed to ever recapture that success. In his three subsequent years in the QMJHL, Duhamel’s Drummondville squad was ousted in the second round once and the first round twice.

Like Tourigny, Duhamel came over to the Avalanche in 2013-14 where he worked as their video coach. According to Chambers, Duhamel’s departure from the team comes after he asked permission to find another coaching gig.

Over the past two seasons, the Avalanche have gone 91-53-20, winning the Central Division title in 2013-14. The club failed to make the playoffs this season.