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Montreal announces coaching moves

Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Friday the appointment of Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur as assistant coaches with the Canadiens, and Clement Jodoin as the new head coach of the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

“Clement has close to 30 years of experience in hockey, and his reputation speaks for itself,” said Gauthier. “His expertise and knowledge of the game will prove to be valuable assets for our organization. Clement 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.”

In 2010-11 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 tenure with Rimouski, the Oceanic posted a 140-112-8-5 record. In 2008, Jodoin was an assistant coach with Canada’s gold-medal team at the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic.

Jodoin was the head hoach of the QMJHL’s Lewiston Maineiacs from 2004-07, and was honored by the Canadian Hockey League with the Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award in 2007. Jodoin also served as head coach and general manager of the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads from 1994-97 before spending six seasons (1997-2003) in various positions within Montreal’s hockey operations department, including assistant coach, scout and director of player development.

A native of St-Cesaire, Que., Jodoin has also served as an NHL assistant coach in Pittsburgh (1987-88) and Quebec (1992-94), and was head coach of the AHL’s Halifax Citadels from 1990-92.

In their first season as head coach and assistant coach respectively with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2010-11, Cunneyworth and Ladouceur led the team to the North Division championship with a 44-27-2-7 record (97 points). The Bulldogs reached the Western Conference Finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs before falling in seven games to the Houston Aeros.

“We are very pleased to have both Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur joining our coaching staff,” said Gauthier. “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.”

Cunneyworth has spent nine seasons as a head coach in the AHL with Hamilton (2010-11) and Rochester (2000-08), and ranks seventh all-time with 350 career victories (350-302-68).