Randy Cunneyworth - Named Canadiens Assistant Coach

The Canadiens filled their coaching vacancies in a series of moves today.  Both Hamilton Bulldogs head coach Randy Cunneyworth and his assistant Randy Ladouceur were promoted to the role of assistant coaches with the parent club and Clement Jodoin was named head coach of the Bulldogs.  They will fill the role taken by Kirk Muller, who is now coaching Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. 

Jodoin had just completed his fourth season as head coach of the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. From 1997 to 2003 Jodoin held a number of coaching positions with the Canadiens before returning to the junior coaching ranks.

Following are the official news releases from the Canadiens Communications department –

MONTREAL (July 22, 2011) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the appointment of Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur as assistant coaches.

“We are very pleased to have both Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur joining our coaching staff. This duo did a tremendous job in their first year with the Hamilton Bulldogs last season. Their experience, dedication and hard work will inevitably contribute to the development of our young players which is a key factor to the success of our team.

We have already started our preparation for the upcoming season and we welcome both Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur as the newest members of our coaching staff,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.

In their first season as head coach and assistant coach respectively with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs in 2010-11,

Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur led the Bulldogs to the North Division championship with a 44-27-2-7 record for 97 points. Furthermore, the Bulldogs reached the Western Conference Finals where they were defeated in seven games (3-4) by the Houston Aeros.

Before joining the Bulldogs, Cunneyworth was an assistant coach with the National Hockey League’s Atlanta Thrashers for two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10). He previously spent nine seasons with the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans, including seven seasons as head coach from 2000 to 2008. During his tenure with the Americans, he led his team to three 40-plus win seasons, two 100-point seasons and six playoff berths. He left Rochester as the longest serving coach in franchise history and ranks second on the club’s all-time wins list.

During the 2004-05 season, Cunneyworth led the Americans to a 51-19-4-6 record (112 points), en route to the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the league’s top team in the regular season standings. That season, Cunneyworth would

earn the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Trophy as the AHL’s Coach of the Year. He also reached the AHL’s Calder Cup Finals with Rochester as a player/assistant coach in 1999-2000, earning the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award that same season (sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey).

Cunneyworth played a total of 273 career AHL games with Rochester and Springfield, recording 270 points (166 goals, 104 assists) helping Rochester win the Calder Cup in 1983. The Etobicoke, Ontario native played 15 seasons in the

NHL between 1981 and 1999. Selected in the 8th round, 167th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1980 NHL Entry

Draft, the left winger played 866 career regular season games, suiting up with Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Winnipeg, Hartford,

Chicago and Ottawa. He registered 414 points (189 goals, 225 assists) and totalled 1,280 penalty minutes. He served as the Ottawa Senators captain for four seasons (1994-98) and reached the Stanley Cup Finals with the Sabres in 1999.with the Nordiques (1992 to 1994).

CLÉMENT JODOIN NAMED AS HEAD COACH OF THE HAMILTON BULLDOGS

MONTREAL (July 22, 2011) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the appointment of Clément Jodoin as Head Coach of the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

“Clément Jodoin is back with the Canadiens organization and we are very pleased with this announcement today.

Clément has close to 30 years of experience in hockey, and his reputation speaks for itself. His expertise and knowledge of the game will prove to be valuable assets for our organization. Clément had the chance to work with several young players during his coaching career and we are very pleased that our organization will again benefit from his experience,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.

In 2010-11, Clément Jodoin completed his fourth season as head coach of the Rimouski Oceanic and his 10th season as a head coach in the QMJHL. During his 4-year tenure as head coach, the Oceanic posted a 140-112-8-5 record in 265 regular season games. In 2008, Jodoin was an assistant coach with Canada’s national gold medal team at the 2008 World Junior Championships presented in Czech Republic.

Before joining the Oceanic, Jodoin was the head coach of the QMJHL Lewiston Maineiacs for three seasons (2004 to 2007). The Canadian Hockey League honoured Jodoin with the Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award in 2007, as he led the Lewiston Maineiacs to the QMJHL President’s Cup and a 2007 Memorial Cup berth. Jodoin has twice been named the QMJHL’s “Coach of the Year,” receiving the Ron Lapointe Trophy for the first time in 1997, while acting as head coach/general manager of the Halifax Mooseheads (1994 to 1997), and in 2007 with Lewiston. Jodoin also received the Paul Dumont Trophy in the 2005–06 as “Personality of the Year.”

Clément Jodoin is back with the Canadiens organization, where he spent six seasons between 1997 and 2003 in various positions within the hockey department. He first joined the Canadiens on June 10, 1997 as an assistant coach.

In 2000-01, he acted as professional scout, and then became Director of Player Development. He returned behing the bench as an assistant coach for the 2002-03 season.

A native of St-Césaire, Quebec, Jodoin began his coaching career more than 30 years ago. In 1984-85, he became the head coach of the UQTR Patriotes of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union. He led his team to the Québec University Athletic Association Championship (1986), as well as the CIAU Championship (1987). Following one season as assistant coach with the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987-88, Jodoin returned behind the Patriotes bench for two seasons, winning the Ontario Universities Athletic Association Championship (1990). He then joined the Québec Nordiques organization, spending two seasons as the AHL Halifax Citadels Head Coach (1990-1992), and two seasons as an assistant with the Nordiques (1992 to 1994).