MONTREAL - Randy Cunneyworth
spent 20 years as a player in the NHL building a reputation as a tough, grinding forward with great leadership abilities.
He says he coaches the exact same way.
"If I were to self-evaluate myself, I would say my coaching style is similar to the way I played," Cunneyworth said after being named the 27th head coach in Montreal Canadiens
history Saturday morning. "I felt for the most part I played very hard, and I like to think I coach very hard. I compete."
Cunneyworth will have the interim tag, but general manager Pierre Gauthier said he will be in charge for the remainder of this season and a re-evaluation will be done in the offseason. Cunneyworth has been a coach for 11 seasons, most of them as a head man in the American Hockey League.
He spent seven seasons at the helm of the Rochester Americans, the Buffalo Sabres
minor league affiliate. He led the team to six playoff berths, two 100-point seasons and reached the conference finals in 2003-04.
Cunneyworth earned his first experience as a coach in the NHL during two seasons as an assistant with the Atlanta Thrashers before being named the head coach Montreal's AHL affiliate the Hamilton Bulldogs last season.