Canadiens grant assistant coach Luke Richardson three-year extension

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a three-year contract extension with assistant coach Luke Richardson, the club announced on Wednesday.

The Canadiens confirmed the signing a day after promoting Dominique Ducharme to head coach and granted him a three-year contract extension. Ducharme held the post of interim head coach after replacing Claude Julien who was fired on February 24.

Richardson, 52, helped help the Habs reach the Stanley Cup final, taking control of the bench at a crucial time when Ducharme was forced into isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Richardson made his head coach debut in Montreal’s 3-2 win over Vegas in Game 3 of the semi-finals and remained responsible for the Canadiens’ surprise six-game win over the Golden Knights.

He oversaw the first two games of the Montreal Cup Final in Tampa, Fla., Before Ducharme returned for Game 3 in Montreal. The Lightning ended up defeating the Habs in five games.

Richardson joined the Canadiens coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2018, after four seasons as an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders.

He also led Canada to the Spengler Cup titles in 2016 and 2017, and coached the Senators AHL affiliate to a 153-120-31 record over four seasons from 2012 to 2016.

A native of Ottawa, Richardson was selected seventh overall in the 1987 NHL Draft and played 21 seasons in the league. During stints with Toronto, Philadelphia, Columbus, Tampa Bay and the hometown Senators, he recorded 201 points and served over 2,000 penalty minutes.

At a press conference on Sunday after the announcement, Richardson said he was honored to be a part of the Canadiens franchise and delighted to continue in the role of assistant under Ducharme.

“This year we are almost at the finals and it’s the promised land. I would love to be part of this team to bring them back to where they should be, as league champions,” he said. he declares.

“That’s why I’m here. I like to win. Montreal wants to win. It’s a good combination.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 14, 2021.

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