A native of St-Bruno, Quebec, Mario Duhamel joined the Ottawa 67’s as Assistant Coach prior to the beginning of the 2017/2018 OHL season. The 2016/2017 Head Coach of the neighbouring Gatineau Olympiques followed a similar path to Head Coach Andre Tourigny, making the jump to the OHL following a Major Junior coaching career spent in its entirety in the QMJHL.
Duhamel’s Major Junior coaching career began in 2005 where he spent 4 seasons as an Assistant Coach for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL. In 2009, following a successful 4 seasons in Rouyn-Noranda, Duhamel was then appointed Head Coach of the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Over the course of his 4 seasons with Drummondville, Duhamel coached the Voltigeurs to a remarkable overall record of 162-87-23, and finished as a finalist for the QMJHL Ron Lapointe Coach of the Year Award during the 2010/2011 season. A very successful tenure with Drummondville landed Duhamel in the National Hockey League, where he spent the better part of the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 seasons as Video Coach for the Colorado Avalanche under Patrick Roy. In 2015, after 2 seasons in the NHL, Duhamel returned to the QMJHL and the all too familiar Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, this time in the role of Assistant General Manager. In his short stint as Assistant General Manager, Rouyn-Noranda won the QMJHL’s President Cup en route to an appearance in the Memorial Cup Championship game.
Duhamel’s coaching pedigree extends to the international level as well, having represented Canada as an Assistant Coach for the 2012 Ivan Hlinka U18 Championships and 2013 World Junior Championships.