Coaching in Montreal comes with a bright spotlight that Ducharme is still getting used to, but he can certainly empathize with Carey Price.
As I step through the doorway of the press conference room at the Bell Sports Complex, I’m greeted by the building manager, who’s fidgeting with a video camera and arranging wires to ensure the next virtual media availability scheduled for the Montreal Canadiens goes off without a hitch.
The Montreal Canadiens have rounded out their coaching staff by officially announcing a three-year contract extension with assistant coach Alexandre Burrows.
The Montreal native enjoyed a successful coaching career in the QMJHL before joining the NHL ranks
After a decade coaching in the Ontario Hockey League, the former NHLer is getting a chance to join a big league staff.
‘He never stopped believing in us’: When Dominique Ducharme led a QMJHL team back from a 3-0 series deficit
Prior to Game 4 at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens acknowledged three legends — Yvan Cournoyer, Guy Lafleur and Patrick Roy — sitting in a suite at the top of the arena.
“He had as good hockey sense as anybody I’ve coached,” says Mike Gilligan, who also coached Martin St. Louis at the University of Vermont.
Hockey rivers flow freely through Ontario and Quebec.
Historically, they often traversed Peterborough, Ont., where such Montreal Canadiens luminaries as Scotty Bowman and Bob Gainey cut their teeth in the game.
After playing 21 seasons in the NHL as a defenceman, starting with the Maple Leafs at age 18, he moved directly into coaching with Senators.
Luke Richardson’s daughter is never far from his thoughts — or his heart.
The Montreal Canadiens assistant coach wears a pin on his lapel in Daron Richardson’s memory every time he steps behind the bench after she died by suicide in 2010 at age 14.
Dominique Ducharme explains how the synergy has grown among the Canadiens’ coaching staff as the season has gone along.
“What we went through made our group stronger and now we can keep moving forward,” head coach says ahead of North Division final vs. Jets.