General Manager James Boyd recently accepted the Matt Leyden Trophy / OHL Coach of the Year Award on behalf of André Tourigny. Here’s his speech from the evening…
I am pleased to accept this award for Andre whose dedication and leadership really set the standard for our team this year. I’m speaking on his behalf today, though Andre has made it clear that he believes this is a team award and it starts at the top. I would like to acknowledge our OSEG Partners who are our ownership group in Ottawa, which consists of Jeff Hunt, Roger Greenberg, John Ruddy, John Pugh and Bill Shenkman, who have provided our team with every resource and opportunity for our players to pursue their dreams. Also, to acknowledge our coaching staff Mario Duhamel, Norm Milley, Andrew Boucher, Goaltending Coach Charlie McTavish, Skills Coach Derek Miller, Strength and Conditioning Coach Sean Young and Education Advisor Eileen Duffin who provides our players with so much support off the ice so that they can come to the rink stress-free and concentrate on playing hockey.
Lastly, the most important people in our organization, our players. Anytime that a team has a season like ours did this year, it is a special group of individuals. Andre would like to thank our players who, through their effort, passion and humility, made this season such a memorable one for everybody involved in our organization and our fans.
The 67’s received another award at the banquet that is a credit to everybody in the organization, the OHL’s Team of The Year Award, presented in recognition of community service. We are most proud of this accolade as it truly reflects what the 67’s are all about. We are proud of our players and staff’s commitment to Ottawa and we know there are many teams doing great things in their communities across the league, so to be recognized with this award is really special to us.
We are proud of what we accomplished this year and we are focused on returning next season to apply the lessons learned from the 2018-2019 season. Our returning players are better for the experience and our staff can sense the motivation from our players to come back stronger and faster for another memorable campaign.
Thank you very much.
And below is a look at the actual OHL Team of the Year Community Involvement award. Read more about it HERE.
If you feel like joining us inside The Arena at TD Place for a 67’s game this year, here is some info for you: Packages for the 2019-2020 season are already available, you get to pick between Club 67’s – our season seat membership program, 67’s PLUS – a ticket subscription service for only $30 a month, or Flex Packs. Any way you slice it, we look forward to hosting you!