OTTAWA, ON – The Central Canada Hockey League and Ottawa Junior Senators are pleased to announce that Governor & Director of Hockey Operations Martin Dagenais has been named Head Coach of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
Dagenais, who had been Assistant Coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s for the past two-seasons now gets an opportunity to lead the bench after two seasons as Dave Cameron’s assistant in Ottawa.
Prior to his time with the 67’s, Dagenais led the Ottawa Junior Senators to Bogart Cup titles in 2017-18 and 2018-19 during his 6-year tenure with the club as Head Coach & General Manager. He was named CCHL Coach of the Year in 2014-15.
“I want to thank the Huskies organization, specifically Jacques Blais and Yanick Gaucher for their confidence in me. During my initial conversations with the club, I knew that this is where I wanted to be. I can’t wait to get started and begin a new chapter in my career.”
The Junior Senators achieved immediate success with Dagenais at the helm guiding the club to the Bogart Cup Finals in his second year as Head Coach and General Manager. The Junior Senators reached four consecutive CCHL Finals under Dagenais, winning two and advancing to the Centennial Cup, before taking a job as an Assistant Coach with the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League.
With the 67’s, Dagenais was responsible for the coaching and development of the defencemen as well as the team’s penalty kill. This past season, the 67’s set a franchise record with 51 wins and 107 points, amazing considering the club had 10 players who were 16 or 17 years old. The team gave up only 171 goals in 68 games, good for first place in the OHL. The penalty kill also ranked near the top of the league, ranking second overall during the regular season and first during the OHL playoffs.
“I believe that the past two years with the 67’s have made me a better coach. I learned so much working with tremendous people like James Boyd, Dave Cameron and Norm Milley and it has prepared me for the challenge offered to me by the Huskies.”