On May 2, 2012, Marc Bergevin became the 17th general manager in Montreal Canadiens history. A native of Montreal, Bergevin, now 53, spent seven years as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks management before joining the Canadiens, including assistant to the Hawks' general manager Stan Bowman during the 2011-12 season.
Marc Bergevin held several positions within the Blackhawks organization, including director of player personnel for two seasons, from 2009 to 2011, winning the Stanley Cup in his first season in this role in 2009-10. Bergevin also had a stint as an assistant coach in 2008-09 after spending the previous three years on the Blackhawks scouting staff, including one season as director of professional scouting in 2007-08.
A third round selection, 59th overall, by the Blackhawks in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, Bergevin enjoyed a 20-year career as a defenceman in the NHL. His professional journey began in Chicago where he played for the Blackhawks from 1984 to 1988 moving on to the New York Islanders on November 25, 1988. He suited up for the Isles before and spent some time with the club's AHL affiliate. On October 30, 1990, he was dealt to Hartford and played with the Whalers until 1992. Bergevin joined Tampa Bay as a free agent on July 9, 1992 and would remain in the Sunshine State for three seasons, until 1995. On August 17, 1995, he was acquired by the Detroit Red Wings, and after one season in Motown, he signed as a free agent with St. Louis on July 31, 1996, and remained with the Blues until December 28, 2000, when he was traded to Pittsburgh. After 36 games with the Pens, he returned to St. Louis in 2001 and would make a return to Pittsburgh on July 18, 2002 before being acquired by the Lightning on March 11, 2003. The following day he would return to Pittsburgh for the third time when the Pens picked him up. Bergevin would end his NHL career as a member of the Canucks for 9 games in 2003-04 after being acquired by the team on March 9.
In his NHL career, Marc Bergevin collected 181 points (36 goals, 145 assists) in 1,191 regular season games. He also skated in 80 career playoff contests, reaching the Conference finals twice in 1996 (Detroit) and in Pittsburgh (2001).
In 1989-90 and 1990-91 he won the Calder Cup (AHL) with the Sprinfield Indians. A reliable defenseman, Bergevin performed with the highest level of intensity game in and game out. His hard work and tenacity would be recognized in 1992-1993 when he was named Tampa Bay's Unsung Hero for the season.
Bergevin played his junior hockey in the QMJHL with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, from 1982 to 1984 taking part in 136 regular season games recording 13 goals and 68 helpers for a total of 81 points and 242 penalty minutes. Before making the jump to the QMJHL, he had played at the Midget AAA level with Montreal-Concordia, earning 30 points in 44 games in 1981-82. On the international stage, Marc Bergevin helped Canada earn a gold medal at the 1994 WHJC.