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NHL: Canadiens replace coach Ducharme with St Louis

General Manager Kent Hughes says the Montreal Canadiens have hired a "proven winner" in Martin St. Louis who replaced Dominique Ducharme as coach on Wednesday.

 

In an interim position, 48-year-old Ducharme led the Canadiens to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1993 last season and was awarded with a three-year contract to remain as head coach in the off-season.

Tough start for Montreal

Montreal were beaten in five games by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Final, and they have suffered a hangover from the run this season with their results putting them at the bottom of the NHL standings (8-30-7).

With Hughes stating "it was in the best interest of the club to make a change", St. Louis was announced as Ducharme's replacement.

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Canadiens begin new era

The 46-year-old doesn't hold any extensive coaching experience but as a player he spent 16 seasons in the NHL from 1998-2015, scoring 1,033 points (391 goals, 642 assists) in 1,134 games with the New York Rangers, Lightning and Calgary Flames.

He won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004 and was named the Hart Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the playoffs. He also won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring leader twice (2003/04, 2012/13).

St. Louis was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018 and spent that same year as a consultant with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Hughes, who replaced Marc Bergevin as general manager in January said about St. Louis: "Not only are we adding an excellent hockey man, but with Martin we are bringing in a proven winner and a man whose competitive qualities are recognised by all who have crossed his path."

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