Dominique Ducharme officially named Canadiens head coach, signs three-year extension


The Montreal Canadiens formally named Dominique Ducharme the thirty first head coach in franchise historical past on Tuesday after signing him to a three-year contract extension. 

“Dominique has managed to set his system in place and set up himself as a head coach in a really uncommon season with difficult circumstances,” common supervisor Marc Bergevin mentioned. “Whereas our staff has gone via its justifiable share of adversity, he has proven a variety of management over the state of affairs in addition to exhibiting calm and nice management. These are essential qualities that we search for in a head coach, and he totally deserves the possibility to guide our staff and take it to the following stage.”

The Canadiens promoted Ducharme from assistant coach to interim head coach in February after firing Claude Julien. The 48-year-old went 15-16-7 through the common season earlier than guiding Montreal to the Stanley Cup Ultimate, the place the Habs fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 video games. 

Ducharme beforehand coached Canada’s World Junior staff for 2 years, profitable gold in 2018. 

The Habs enter the 2021-22 marketing campaign with excessive expectations because the NHL returns to a traditional schedule. Montreal will compete in a tricky Atlantic Division alongside the Lightning, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers, amongst others, subsequent season.


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