CALGARY, Alta. – Flint Firebirds’ Head Coach Ryan Oulahen is one of three coaches that have been tasked to lead Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, which debuts in Alberta Aug. 6-11, 2018, in Edmonton and Red Deer.
André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Ottawa, OHL) will take the reins behind the bench as head coach, while Mitch Love (Quesnel, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL) and Ryan Oulahen (Newmarket, Ont./Flint, OHL) will serve as assistant coaches during selection camp and at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
“The success and experience of all three coaches in their respective leagues is a tremendous asset to our under-18 program. They have been part of our Program of Excellence with our under-17 program, and know what it takes to be successful in short-term, international competition like the Hlinka Gretzky Cup,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams. “Bringing this best-on-best under-18 tournament to Canadian ice will be a great experience for our team, who will have the home-crowd advantage, and for Canadian hockey fans who get to discover one of the hidden gems of international hockey competition. We’re looking forward to having Gilles, Mitch, and Ryan help guide this year’s team.”
Tourigny recently completed his first season as head coach and vice-president of hockey operations with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He previously spent 11 seasons with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (2002-13) and one season with the Halifax Mooseheads (2016-17) of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Tourigny also spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche (2013-15) and Ottawa Senators (2015-16) in the National Hockey League. He served as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, and won back-to-back silver medals as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2010 and 2011.