MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Tuesday the appointment of Stephan Lebeau as assistant coach with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League.
“Stephan has a wealth of knowledge as a hockey coach. His experience and ability to work with young players are a tremendous asset for our organization. We are extremely pleased to have him join our coaching staff in Hamilton,” indicated Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
In 2012-13, Stephan Lebeau completed his 5th season as head coach and hockey coordinator with the Bishop's College School in Lennoxville. Before joining the BCS Bears in 2008-09, Lebeau was the head coach of the Magog Cantonniers of the Midget AAA for two seasons (2006 to 2008) where he posted a record of 48-34-7 in 89 games. Prior to his tenure behind the Cantonniers’ bench, he served as head coach for the QMJHL Victoriaville Tigres for two seasons, from 2004 to 2006.
Stephan Lebeau enjoyed a 16-year hockey career at the professional level, including eight seasons in the NHL from 1988 to 1995, recording 277 points in 373 regular season games (118 goals, 159 assists). He played six seasons in a Montreal Canadiens jersey (1988 to 1994) amassing 243 points in 313 games (104 goals, 139 assists), and etched his name on the Stanley Cup as a member of the Canadiens in 1993.
Before making the jump to the NHL with the Canadiens in 1988, Lebeau spent one season in the AHL with the Canadiens affiliate club in Sherbrooke (1988-89), where he registered a team record 134 points in 78 games (70 goals, 64 assists). In his only season in the AHL, he captured the Les Cunningham Award (MVP), the Dudley Memorial Award (Top Rookie) as well as the John B. Sollenberger Award (Top Scorer).
Lebeau had previously enjoyed a stellar junior career, from 1984 to 1988, with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL, recording 580 points in a mere 270 regular season games, including 281 goals and 299 assists, making him the second all-time scorer in CHL history (behind Patrice Lefebvre).
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