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Canadiens add Cunneyworth, Ladouceur as assistants

Friday, 07.22.2011 / 11:42 AM / 2011 Offseason News


The Montreal Canadians named Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur as assistants to coach Jacques Martin on Friday.

Cunneyworth and Ladouceur worked together with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League last season, helping them to 97 points in the regular season and a trip to the conference finals.

"We are very pleased to have both Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur joining our coaching staff," Montreal General Manager Pierre Gauthier said in a statement released by the team. "This duo did a tremendous job in their first year with the Hamilton Bulldogs last season. Their experience, dedication and hard work will inevitably contribute to the development of our young players, which is a key factor to the success of our team. We have already started our preparation for the upcoming season and we welcome both Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur as the newest members of our coaching staff."

Cunneyworth spent two seasons as an assistant for the Atlanta Thrashers before returning to the AHL as a head coach. He held the same position for seven seasons with the Rochester Americans before joining the Thrashers. He was the league’s coach of the year in 2004-05.

Ladouceur has 10 years of NHL experience as an assistant coach with Hartford, Carolina and Toronto. He was the head coach for Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League in 2005-06, and a 14-year-old named John Tavares had 45 goals and 77 points for him.

The Canadiens also announced Clément Jodoin as Cunneyworth’s replacement as the head coach for Hamilton. Jodoin was an assistant for Montreal for five seasons before spending the past five campaigns as a head coach for Lewiston and Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
"Clément Jodoin is back with the Canadiens organization and we are very pleased with this announcement today," Gauthier said. "Clément has close to 30 years of experience in hockey, and his reputation speaks for itself. His expertise and knowledge of the game will prove to be valuable assets for our organization. Clément had the chance to work with several young players during his coaching career and we are very pleased that our organization will again benefit from his experience."

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