Canada's Andre Tourigny happy to be a bench boss

Andre Tourigny. (Sébastien St-Jean/QMI Agency)

Andre Tourigny. (Sébastien St-Jean/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:23 PM ET

UFA, RUSSIA - He’s a leader on his own team, a go-to guy used to being the focus when the game is on the line and a split-second decision is needed.

Here, he’s part of the rank-and-file for Team Canada at the world junior championship and happy for the chance.

Assistant coach Andre Tourigny has given up his Christmas and New Year’s for a third time to go behind Canada’s bench, having been a part of the silver-medal efforts in 2010 and 2011.

The burly coach of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL -- the man they call “Bear” -- didn’t hesitate when asked why he has answered the call again.


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