MONTREAL - Canadiens President Pierre Boivin announced Monday that Executive VP Hockey and General Manager Bob Gainey has accepted the terms of a contract extension until the end of the 2009-10 season.
Bob Gainey took the opportunity to announce some changes in the Club's Hockey Department. Pierre Gauthier has been appointed Assistant General Manager and will remain as head of professional scouting. Julien BriseBois becomes Vice-President of Hockey Operations. Michel Boucher and Denis Morel are joining the Canadiens' scouting group under Director of Player Recruitment and Development Trevor Timmins, and will be covering the province of Quebec. Finally, Doug Gibson has been hired as a professional scout and will join Gordie Roberts who has been working as a pro scout since 2001.
"We are very happy that Bob Gainey has extended his association with the Montreal Canadiens, leading to the franchise's Centennial Year in 2009-10. Bob has put together a very strong hockey management team, and his leadership is a source of inspiration for our fans and all members of the Canadiens' organization," said Boivin.
Gainey became the 15th General Manager in the history of the Montreal Canadiens on June 2, 2003. The Canadiens participated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his two seasons as General Manager. He also took the Head Coaching duties for the second half of the 2005-06 season. Through a 16-year NHL career, all as a member of the Canadiens, Gainey won the Stanley Cup on five occasions (1976 through 1979 and 1986), and added another Cup as General Manager of the Dallas Stars, in 1999.
Hockey department nominations and hirings
Pierre Gauthier, Assistant General Manager
He joined the Canadiens in July 2003 as Director of Professional Scouting. He was General Manager of the Ottawa Senators from 1995 to 1998, and President and General Manager of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, from 1998 to 2002. He also held various managing positions with the Quebec Nordiques from 1981 to 1993.
Julien BriseBois, Vice-President, Hockey Operations
He joined the Canadiens in September 2001 as Director of Legal Affairs. In July 2003, he became Director of Hockey Operations and Legal Affairs. In his new capacity, he will remain responsible for player contracts and the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, and will assume, along with Bob Gainey, the duties of managing the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens' Development team in the AHL.
Michel Boucher, amateur scout (Quebec)
He worked as a Regional scout covering the Quebec and Maritimes areas for the Los Angeles Kings for the last six seasons (2000-2006). He brings a wealth of experience having worked for over 25 years in hockey holding various managing positions. He worked in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as head scout for the Collge Français de Verdun (1992-1994), the St-Jean Lynx (1994-1995), the Laval Titan (1995-1996) and the Victoriaville Tigres (1996-2000). He was General Manager of the QMJHL Trois-Rivires Draveurs from 1987 to 1990. On the international level, he was Coordinator of Scouting from 1992 to 1999 for the Canadian National Team, gold medal winner at the 1994 World Hockey Championships and silver medallist at the 1994 Olympic Games held in Lillehammer, Norway.
Denis Morel, amateur scout (Quebec)
He is returning to the National Hockey League after working for 22 years as a referree, during which he officiated over 1150 games (1972 to 1994). Following his on-ice career, he spent 10 years as Supervisor of Officials in the NHL (1994 to 2004). In 2005-06, he held the job of Supervisor of Officials in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He refereed his first ever NHL game at the Montreal Forum, on January 18, 1976, as well as his 1000th career game, back on March 14, 1992.
Doug Gibson, pro scout
Since 2004 he had been the New York Islanders Chief Amateur Scout in Canada, and worked mainly in Ontario. As a player, he played in 63 NHL games with the Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals, between 1974 and 1978. In 1979-1980, he won the Calder Cup as a player-coach with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.