The Ottawa 67's will have a very experienced voice behind its bench in the 2021-2022 season.
Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group announced Wednesday that former Ottawa Senators head coach Dave Cameron will take the reins from André Tourigny, who has been hired as the head coach of the National Hockey League's Arizona Coyotes.
Cameron joins the 67’s following three seasons as head coach of the Vienna Capital’s in Austria’s capital city. He spent two years as head coach of the Ottawa Senators after serving the three years as an assistant coach with the club.
But the team says Cameron’s experience as a coach at the major junior level is what made him stand out as a candidate to become the tenth head coach in Ottawa 67's history.
"Life works in mysterious ways — I’m happy to be returning to Ottawa and joining the 67’s," said Cameron. "I know that [the 67's] go above and beyond in how they treat their players and staff and the storied history speaks for itself. Very excited to get started."
The Prince Edward Island native broke into the Ontario Hockey League as head coach and general manager of the Soo Greyhounds in 1997 before spending four years in the same role with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors from 2000-2004, before moving to the American Hockey League. Cameron would later, again take on the role of head coach/GM in the OHL with the then-named Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors. Cameron was also named Team Canada head coach at the World Junior's at that time, leading the team to a silver medal.
Cameron was also named head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team on Wednesday, July 21, and will serve in the role at the upcoming IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Alberta.
"I have worked alongside Dave in the past and remained close friends over the years that he has worked in the AHL, NHL, and Europe," said 67’s General Manager James Boyd. "We share many of the same beliefs and values regarding education, community involvement, and team-building. We are thrilled that Dave will be guiding our development program and continuing the positive culture that has been established with the 67’s for years to come. There is no doubt that hard work and a team first attitude will remain the foundation of the 67’s."
The move also got rave reviews from former coach Tourigny.
"The addition of Dave Cameron is fantastic news for the 67’s players, fans, and the entire OSEG family," he said. "Dave is one of the best humans I have ever met and he’ll bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team. His track record speaks for itself but it’s really Dave’s values as a person and coach that makes this a phenomenal hiring. I’m truly excited about the 67’s future under the leadership of Dave Cameron and James Boyd."