Former Halifax Mooseheads bench boss Dominique Ducharme was named the interim Head Coach of the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday morning after the NHL club fired Claude Julien and Assistant Coach Kirk Muller.
Ducharme coached the Mooseheads for five seasons from 2011-2016 and set the franchise record for most career wins with 194. Ducharme guided Halifax to the 2013 President Cup and Memorial Cup Championships while winning Coach of the Year honours in both the QMJHL and CHL that season.
Current Mooseheads Assistant Coach Jon Greenwood spent two seasons on the bench with Ducharme in Halifax and was excited to hear the news earlier this morning.
“It’s easy to just say I’m really happy for Dom but I’m not the least bit surprised.
When he left Halifax we all knew it was inevitable he’d be in the NHL in the near future. He’s an excellent coach and I’m sure it’s a very proud moment for him and his family.”
He has won a Gold Medal with Hockey Canada as the Head Coach at the World Junior Hockey Championships and a Silver Medal as an Assistant Coach.
The Joliette, QC native departed Moose Country in the spring of 2016 to become the Head Coach and General Manager of the Drummondville Voltigeurs where he spent two seasons before being hired by the Montreal Canadiens as an Assistant Coach in 2018.
Congratulations to Coach Dom from the entire Mooseheads organization.