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Michel Therrien
Head Coach

Michel Therrien was named head coach of the Montreal Canadiens on June 5, 2012, returning behind the bench of the team he coached between 2000 and 2003.  Therrien had coached more than 1,000 games in professional hockey, including 592 regular season games in the NHL and 444 at the American Hockey League level. In his 6-year tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, Michel Therrien started out as head coach of the clubs’ AHL affiliate team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from 2003 to 2005, before being promoted to the upper echelon, leading the Penguins to new heights from 2005 to 2009. ...more
Clément Jodoin
Assistant Coach

Clément Jodoin was named an Assistant Coach of the Montreal Canadiens on June 15, 2012. Jodoin completed in 2011-12 his first season as the Hamilton Bulldogs head coach. On July 22, 2011, he became the 10th head coach in Bulldogs history. Jodoin concluded his fourth season as head coach of the QMJHL’s Rimouski Oceanic in 2010-11 and his 10th season as a bench boss in the league.  ...more
Jean-Jacques Daigneault
Assistant Coach

Jean-Jacques Daigneault was hired as assistant coach of the Montreal Canadiens on June 29, 2012. "I am extremely happy to welcome Jean-Jacques Daigneault to our coaching staff. He brings a solid expertise, and his knowledge of the game will be an important asset to the development of our young players. Our group of defensemen will largely benefit from his experience and his solid reputation as a coach," said Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien.  ...more
Daniel Lacroix
Assistant Coach

Daniel Lacroix was named to the position of Montreal Canadiens assistant coach on July 30, 2014. The Montreal native has spent the past eight seasons working as an assistant coach in pro hockey, including last season with the New York Rangers, who advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. Prior to his lone season with the Rangers, Lacroix spent three seasons on the Tampa Bay Lightning's coaching staff.  ...more
Stephane Waite
Goaltending Coach

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced July 4, 2013 the appointment of Stéphane Waite as goaltending coach for the organization. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. "Stéphane Waite has over 30 years of experience as a goaltending coach, including the past 10 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks organization," indicated Bergevin. ...more
Quote of the Day

We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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