The rebuilding of the Canadiens front office was finally completed Wednesday with the addition of Martin Lapointe and Patrice Brisebois to their player development department.  They were Bergevin’s third and fourth additions to the team executive joining assistant general managers Rick Dudley and Scott Mellanby.  Assistant GM Larry Carriere and director of player procurement Trevor Timmins are the only holdovers from the Pierre Gauthier hockey administration.

Wednesday, Bergevin also replaced Hamilton Bulldogs head coach Clement Jodoin with Sylvain Lefebvre.  Jodoin will be interviewed for an assistant coaching job by Michel Therrien.  Jodoin was a Canadiens assistant coach twice – from 1997 to 2001 and, after a year in the player development department, he returned  for the 2002-03 season.  Therrien was fired halfway through that season.  .

Lapointe worked in Bergevin’s scouting department in Chicago and will become director of player development while Brisebois will be player development coach.

Lefebvre, who started his 14 year NHL career on the Canadiens defence, most recently was an assistant coach under Joe Sacco at Colorado.  Jodoin will be interviewed by Michel Therrien for a position on the Canadiens coaching staff.

The future of Bulldogs assistant coach Ron Wilson is not clear at this time.

Two News Releases from Canadiens Communications –

MONTREAL (June 13, 2012) – Montreal Canadiens Executive vice president and general manager, Marc Bergevin, announced today the appointment of Martin Lapointe to the position of director of player development, and Patrice Brisebois to the position of player development coach.

A native of Ville St-Pierre, Quebec, Martin Lapointe enjoyed a successful 14-year career in the NHL with four different teams before he was hired as a pro scout by the Chicago Blackhawks organization in December 2009. Over his NHL career, Martin suited up for 991 games recording 381 points (181 goals and 200 assists) after being drafted 10th overall by the Detroit Red Wings at the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks on August 4, 2005, Martin Lapointe would go on to play 216 games with the Hawks over three seasons recording 30 goals and 32 assists before being acquired by the Ottawa Senators at the trading deadline, on February 26, 2008. Prior to joining the Blackhawks, the former Lac St. Louis and Laval Titan  star forward spent three seasons with the Boston Bruins where he was signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 2, 2001. As a Bruin, Lapointe had 83 points, including 40 goals in 205 games. He made his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings in 1991-92 suiting up for four games. Lapointe would earn a permanent spot on the Red Wings roster in 1993-94 playing 50 games and racking up 16 points. He tallied his first NHL goal on November 21, 1993 scoring on St. Louis’ netminder Curtis Joseph. As a Red Wing, Lapointe took part in 552 games, amassing 108 goals and adding 122 helpers for a total of 230 points. He also played a pivotal role in the Red Wings Stanley Cup championships in 1997 and 1998, scoring the Cup winning goal in the fourth and decisive game of the finals over the Washington Capitals in 1998.

Now 38, Martin Lapointe started out his professional career with a Calder Cup championship with Adirondack (AHL) in 1991-1992. He began his junior career with the Laval Titan at age 16 playing four seasons with that franchise racking seasons of 96, 98, 55 and 89 points. He wrapped up his QMJHL career with 338 points, including 149 goals, in 195 games. Lapointe also played in the Memorial Cup tournament in 1992-93 and led the CHL with 30 playoff points (13 goals and 17 assists). On the international stage, Lapointe represented Canada at three World Junior Hockey Championships winning a gold medal in 1991 (Saskatoon) and 1993 (Gävle, Sweden). His combined record at the WJHC shows 9 goals and 8 assists in 21 games.

Martin Lapointe and his wife, Tania, have four children.

Born on January 27, 1971 in Montreal, defenseman Patrice Brisebois enjoyed a successful      18-year career in the NHL, including 16 with the Canadiens, who made him their second round pick, 30th overall, in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. Throughout his career Brisebois suited up in 1,009 games, recording 98 goals and 322 assists, for a total of 420 points. He appeared in 98 playoff contests, notching 32 points, and won the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1993.

Patrice Brisebois spent the last two seasons of his career with the Canadiens during which he played his 1,000th NHL game on March 14, 2009, after suiting up for the Colorado Avalanche from 2005 to 2007. A chronic back injury limited him to 113 games during which he recorded 11 goals and 38 helpers. He enjoyed his most successful seasons with Montreal. From 1990-91, at only 20 years of age, until the end of the 2003-04 season Brisebois played 791 games, recording 342 points, including 79 goals. He ranks third among Canadiens’ defensemen for games played (behind Larry Robinson and Serge Savard) and 11th on the team’s all-time list.

Patrice Brisebois’ career was successful at all levels, starting with his junior years when he participated in the Memorial Cup tournament on three occasions, twice with the Laval Titan and once with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, being named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team in 1991. That same year, Brisebois was voted top defenseman in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), and earned a spot on the QMJHL’s First All-Star Team.

On the international stage he is one of few players to represent Canada twice at the World Junior Championship winning the gold medal on each occasion, in 1990 and 1991. In 14 games in those two championships he scored 3 goals and added 8 assists for 11 points. Patrice Brisebois stood out for his community involvement throughout his career with the Canadiens. He was awarded the Jean-Béliveau Trophy in 2009 for his remarkable impact on the community.

Patrice Brisebois and his wife, Michèle, have two daughters.


MONTREAL (June 13, 2012) – Montreal Canadiens Executive vice president and general manager, Marc Bergevin, announced today the appointment of Sylvain Lefebvre as head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League.

Clément Jodoin, who completed in 2011-12 his first season as the Hamilton Bulldogs Head Coach, will meet Michel Therrien for a position of assistant coach with the Canadiens.

A native of Richmond, Quebec, Sylvain Lefebvre enjoyed a 14-year career in the NHL, suiting up for five teams, including the Canadiens in his first three seasons from 1989 to 1992. Lefebvre played 945 career games totaling 184 points (30 goals, 154 assists) 674 penalty minutes, while displaying a +108 plus/minus differential. He also participated in 129 playoff contests, recording 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) and 101 penalty minutes. The defenseman won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996.

Now 44, Sylvain Lefebvre spent the past five seasons with the Avalanche organization, including the last three (2009 to 2012) as an assistant to head coach Joe Sacco. He previously had similar duties with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Sylvain Lefebvre played his junior hockey with the Laval Titan in the QMJHL between 1984 and 1987. He then joined the Canadiens as a free agent and began his professional hockey career at age 19 with Montreal’s AHL farm team, the Sherbrooke Canadiens. He played two full seasons with Sherbrooke before making it to the NHL in 1989-90.

In three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Lefebvre played 200 regular season games, producing 53 points (11 goals, 42 assists) and serving 182 penalty minutes. He then appeared in 165 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1992 to 1994. On March 28, 1994, Lefebvre was dealt to the Quebec Nordiques in a multi-player deal that included star forward Mats Sundin. After one season in Quebec City he followed the team when it was transferred to Colorado, playing four more seasons with the Avalanche from 1995 to 1999 (303 games), winning the Stanley Cup in 1996, his first season in Colorado. Lefebvre signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent, playing 229 games from 1999 to 2003. He spent his final season as a player with Bern of the Swiss National League in 2003-04, helping them win the league title.

Sylvain Lefebvre and his wife, Marie-Claire, have four children.