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Canadiens dismiss Cunneyworth, Ladouceur

Wednesday, 06.06.2012 / 4:37 PM / News

NHL.com

A day after hiring Michel Therrien as coach, the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday dismissed assistant coaches Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur.

"Following my appointment as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, I made the decision of bringing together a new coaching staff," Therrien said. "Out of respect for Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur, I felt it was important that I notify them immediately in order for them to start looking for other opportunities without further delay. On behalf of the organization, I would like to thank both of them for their valuable contribution to the team and wish them the very best for the future."

Cunneyworth was in his first season with the Canadiens when he was elevated to interim coach last season after Jacques Martin was fired. He went 18-23-9 in 50 games as the Canadiens finished 15th in the Eastern Conference. When Marc Bergevin was hired as general manager last month, he returned Cunneyworth to his original role.

Previously, Cunneyworth had been coach of the franchise's American Hockey League team, the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Ladouceur was Cunneyworth's assistant last season with Hamilton and was promoted to Martin's staff along with Cunneyworth last year.

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