Marc Bergevin has been named general manager of the Montreal Canadiens following a year in which the team with the most National Hockey League titles finished last in the Eastern Conference.
Bergevin, 46, will be introduced at a news conference this afternoon, Canadiens owner Geoff Molson said today on the team website. A Montreal native, Bergevin spent the past seven years in various roles within the front office of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Bergevin replaces Pierre Gauthier, who was fired in March with five games remaining in the season. The Canadiens finished 31-35-16, the team’s worst record in eight years.
The Canadiens have won a record 23 Stanley Cup championships since the NHL’s formation in 1917, 10 more than the next-closest team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Montreal’s most recent title came in 1993, the last time the team reached the finals.
Bergevin played 20 seasons in the NHL as a defenseman for eight different teams. In 1,191 career games he had 36 goals, 145 assists and 1,090 penalty minutes.
Following Bergevin’s retirement after the 2003-04 season, he joined Chicago’s front office. In seven years with the Blackhawks he served as assistant general manager, director of player personnel, assistant coach and director of pro scouting.
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