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Tugnutt played in the NHL with several teams from 1987–2004 and is currently an assistant coach with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes. Tugnutt signed as a free agent by the Ottawa Senators, August 14, 1996. He helped lead the Pirates to the Calder Cup Finals and it was this strong performance that caught the attention of the Ottawa Senators. With the help of goaltending coach Phil Myre, Tugnutt worked on the fundamentals, gained some confidence and improved his game each season. While in Ottawa, he went from fighting for the backup position with Mike Bales behind starter Damian Rhodes to splitting duties with Rhodes the next two seasons and becoming the team’s undisputed starting goaltender by 1999.