Born on February 8, 1966, in Kingston, Ontario, Kirk Muller was named associate coach with the Montreal Canadiens in June 2016 after two seasons as an assistant to Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis, helping the franchise reach the Western Conference Finals in 2015-16. Muller is returning to Montreal for a second time as a member of the Canadiens coaching staff after serving from 2006 to 2011.
Before joining the Blues, Muller spent parts of three seasons as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, accumulating an 80-80-27 overall record. Previously, he had a 17-game stint as head coach of the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals in 2011-12.
In his five seasons as an assistant coach with the Canadiens, he helped the team to four consecutive playoff appearances, including in 2010, when the club reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1993.
Muller began his coaching career in 2005-06 with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston. He also worked as an assistant coach with Team Canada, winning gold at the 2005 Lotto Cup in Slovakia and was an assistant to Greg Gilbert at the U-18 World Championship in 2006.
Kirk Muller's playing career in the NHL started in 1984 after being selected second overall by New Jersey. Muller had just completed a stellar OHL career recording 257 points, including 95 goals, in 182 games, mostly with the Guelph Platers.
On September 20, 1991, the Canadiens acquired Muller along with Roland Melanson in return for Stéphane Richer and Tom Chorske. Muller would spend a little more than three seasons with the Canadiens, including one as team captain (1994-1995) and was instrumental in leading the franchise to its 24th Stanley Cup, netting the Cup-winning goal in the fifth and final game of the Finals, on June 9, 1993.
Through his 19-year NHL career, Muller also suited up with the Islanders, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Stars and Devils. He also represented Canada at the IIHF World Championships from 1985 to 1987, in 1989 and at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics.
In 1,349 regular season games in the NHL, Muller scored 357 goals and added 602 assists for 959 points. As a Canadien, he registered 247 points (104 goals) in 267 games. Muller also appeared in 127 playoff games recording 69 points, 33 of them goals. In post-season play with the Canadiens he notched 32 points, including 20 goals in 38 contests.