Habs name new assistant coaches

Montreal Canadiens new assistant coach Randy Cunneyworth. (SÉBASTIEN ST-JEAN/QMI Agency)

Montreal Canadiens new assistant coach Randy Cunneyworth. (SÉBASTIEN ST-JEAN/QMI Agency)

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MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens on Friday named former NHLers Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur as assistants to head coach Jacques Martin's staff.

"We are pleased to have both Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur joining our coaching staff. The duo did a tremendous job in their first year with the Hamilton Bulldogs last season," said Habs general manager Pierre Gauthier. 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."

The Bulldogs, Montreal's American Hockey League affiliate, finished last season with a 44-27-2-7 record, placed first in the North Division and advanced to the Calder Cup semifinals.

Cunneyworth spent two seasons (2008-10) as an assistant with the Atlanta Thrashers and prior to that, spent nine years with the AHL's Rochester Americans including parts of eight seasons as head coach (2000-08).

A former eighth-round pick of Buffalo in 1980, Cunneyworth tallied 189 goals and 414 points in 866 games with the Sabres, Penguins, Jets, Whalers, Blackhawks and Senators.

Ladouceur had been an assistant with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League two seasons ago, and before that served as an assistant with Hartford/Carolina (1996-2004) and Toronto (2006-08), as well as head coach for Oshawa of the OHL (2005-06).

A steady defenseman, the 51-year-old native of Ontario posted 30 goals, 156 points and 1,322 penalty minutes over 930 pro appearances with the Red Wings, Whalers and Mighty Ducks from 1982-96.


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