Both men have been waiting ever since to see their new team.
No NHL club had as significant an overhaul over the last offseason than the Canadiens, who not only hired Bergevin and Therrien but also added several new faces in both the front office and the coaching staff coming off a season when they finished last in the Eastern Conference.
With the framework for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement awaiting ratification and an abbreviated training camp to follow, the newcomers to the Canadiens' brain trust will need to familiarize themselves with the players – and vice versa – in very short order.
"For me, it's a fresh start," Bergevin said at a press conference Monday. "I've been waiting for this for a long time, since May 2. I'm ready to go back to work. I've been working, but it was different kind of work. The last time I saw so many junior games in the [Quebec Major Junior Hockey League] was when I was playing for Chicoutimi in '84."