Montreal Canadiens Dominique Ducharme head coach – .

Montreal Canadiens Dominique Ducharme head coach – .

The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that the interim tag has been removed from Dominique Ducharme’s title and that he has signed a three-year contract extension as head coach.
Ducharme took over behind the Canadiens bench on February 24 after the dismissal of Claude Julien.

TSN Hockey insider Pierre LeBrun reports that the deal is valued at $ 1.7 million per season.

“Dominique managed to put his system in place and establish himself as a head coach in a very unusual season with difficult circumstances. While our team went through their fair share of adversity, they also showed a lot of control over the situation. as showing calm and great leadership. These are important qualities that we look for in a head coach and he fully deserves the chance to lead our team and take it to the next level, ”said Marc Bergevin.

Under Ducharme, the Habs compiled a 15-16-7 regular season record in a schedule compressed by a COVID-19 outbreak and helped guide them to a 13-9 playoff record as they qualified for the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 1993.

He missed four games of the Montreal third-round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights and the first two games of the final against the Tampa Bay Lightning after testing positive for COVID-19.

Ducharme, 48, has worked the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with the Canadiens.

He spent 10 seasons coaching the QMJHL, winning the Memorial Cup with the Halifax Mooseheads in 2012-13. Ducharme was also Canada’s head coach at the World Junior Championships in 2017 and 2018, winning silver and gold medals.


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