The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Andre Savard as an assistant coach, it was announced Monday by general manager Ray Shero. Savard will join Mike Yeo on head coach Michel Therrien’s coaching staff.
Savard, 53, has over 20 years of experience in coaching, scouting and management in the National Hockey League, the last three serving as assistant general manager of the Montreal Canadiens.
Savard served as the general manager of the Canadiens from November 20, 2000 through the end of the 2002-03 season. During his first full season as general manager in 2001-02, the Canadiens reached the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 1997-98.
After a distinguished 12-year playing career, Savard retired following the 1984-85 season as a member of the Quebec Nordiques and joined their front office. Savard worked for Quebec for 10 seasons as an assistant coach, a head coach both in the AHL and NHL, a scout and the director of player development.
After 10 seasons in Quebec, Savard joined the Ottawa Senators in 1995, serving for four seasons as the club’s head scout and one season as an assistant coach. During the four years in which Savard served as Ottawa’s head scout, the Senators drafted such players as Marian Hossa, Mike Fisher and Martin Havlat. Savard coached many of the players he drafted during the 1999-00 season when he was an assistant coach in Ottawa.
Savard joined the Montreal Canadiens in 2000, first as director of hockey personnel and then as general manager for two-plus seasons.
In 790 NHL games as a player with Boston, Buffalo and Quebec, Savard recorded 482 points (211+271).