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Montreal Canadiens Assistant Coaches and Coaching Staff 2023-24

By Dipak BK / 15 October 2023 08:26 AM

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Montreal Canadiens assistant coaches are Alex Burrows, Stéphane Robidas, and Trevor Letowski. Robidas joined the Habs bench in July 2022.

Alex Burrows was named to the assistant role on February 24, 2021. He worked for the Canadiens AHL team Laval Rocket before his promotion.

Another Laval Rocket staff member to be promoted to the Canadiens coaching staff is video coach Daniel Harvey. He was promoted to step in the shoes of former video coach Mario Leblanc, who stepped down after 25 years with the franchise in August 2022.

Trevor Letowski was another addition to the Canadiens bench in the same year as Burrows. Letowski was hired in July 2021 and previously worked as the head coach of the Windsor Spitfires.

Stéphane Robidas was hired when their former assistant coach was hired by the Chicago Blackhawks to lead the bench as their new head coach.

Burrows, Letowski, and Robidas all have several seasons as a player in the NHL and spent time coaching in some form following their retirement.

Most notably, Robdidas has seen ice time as a Canadiens defenseman after the Habs drafted him in the 7th round of the 1995 NHL entry draft.

Montreal Canadiens Head Coach

Martin St. Louis became the 32nd head coach of Montreal Canadiens in June 2022. He finished the previous season as the interim head coach.

On 9th February 2022, the Canadiens' former head coach Dominique Ducharme was fired after a poor start of 8-30-7 in the 2021/22 season. 

Martin was tapped as the interim head coach and he finished up the season with a record of 14-19-4, which was an improvement but they did finish in last place that season.

A year earlier in February 2021 Dominique Ducharme was hired as the interim coach following the firing of Claude Julien. Dom was named as the 31st head coach in July 2021.

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Martin St. Louis finished last season with a record of 31-45-6. The Canadiens ended up in the last place for the second consecutive season.

Martin lacked professional coaching experience before his hiring by Montreal. However, he had worked as a Special Teams Consultant for the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team he had spent 13 seasons in his NHL playing career.

During his 17 seasons in the league, he had an impressive career record of 1,033 points (391 G and 642 A) in 1,134 regular season games. 

St. Louis was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018. Moreover, he won the 2004 Stanley Cup trophy with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

His major achievements during his playing career include the following NHL Awards.

  • Hart Memorial Trophy as the MVP in 2003/04
  • Plus-Minus Award in 2003/04 which he shared with Marek Malik
  • Lester B. Pearson Award as the Most Outstanding Player as chosen by the players in 2003/04
  • Art Ross Trophy as the leading point scorer - 2003/04 & 2012/13
  • Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the Most Gentlemanly Player - 2009/10, 2010/11 & 2012/13

Montreal Canadiens Coaching Staff

The past couple of years saw a lot of changes to the Habs bench with the hiring of assistant coaches to the changes in the head coach position.

They made Martin St. Louis their official 32nd head coach and hired Robidas in the assistant role in July. In August of the same year, Mario Leblanc announced he would be stepping down as the team's video coach after a quarter of a century with the team. 

Daniel Harvey was promoted to the Canadien bench as the team's video coach after a season with the Canadiens AHL farm team Laval Rocket

Given here are the Montreal Canadiens coaches for the 2023/24 season. 

Coach NameDesignation
Martin St-LouisHead Coach
Alex BurrowsAssistant Coach
Trevor LetowskiAssistant Coach
Stéphane RobidasAssistant Coach
Eric RaymondGoalie Coach
Éric GravelVideo Coach
Daniel HarveyVideo Coach

Stephane Robidas

Robidas was appointed as the assistant coach to replace Luke Richardson. Luke left the Habs to be the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Stephane began his NHL playing career with the Canadiens after they drafted him in the 7th round of the 1995 NHL draft. Robidas compiled a regular season record of 258 points (57G & 201 A) in 937 games during his NHL playing career.

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The former defenseman has worked in various roles with the Toronto Maple Leafs post-retirement. He was named as the assistant coach for the QMJHL's Sherbrooke Phoenix before his hiring by the Canadiens.

Alex Burrows

Alex Burrows had spent two seasons as the assistant coach of the Laval Rocket before his promotion to the Habs bench on February 24, 2021. 

Burrows was undrafted and instead made his way up to the ECHL from the QMJHL and to the AHL and the NHL from there. He played for the Manitoba Moose in the AHL before making his NHL debut with the Vancouver Canucks.

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Burros spent the majority of his NHL days with the Vancouver Canucks and the last two seasons of his career with the Ottawa Senators. He was the Fred J. Hume Award given to the unsung hero of the Canucks in 2009. 

Trevor Letowski

Trevor Letwoski was hired by the Montreal Canadiens on 21 July 2021. Before that, he spent several years behind the Windsor Spitfire bench. 

After retiring as a player, Letowski spent 3 seasons as the head coach for the OHL's Sarnia Sting before he was hired by the Windsor Spitfire as their associate coach prior to the 2015/16 season.

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After 2 seasons as the associate coach for Windsor and leading them to the Memorial Cup in 2017, he was hired as their head coach in July.

In his years leading the team, the Winsor Spitfire never missed a single playoff and he left the team with a record of 91-83-24 in 198 regular season games. 

Trevor was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1996 draft as the 174th overall pick. He later went on to play for Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes, and Colombus Bule Jackets during his career.

Montreal Canadiens Goalie Coach

Eric Raymond has been the goalie coach of the Canadiens since July 30, 2021. He coached in the QMJHL before embarking on his NHL journey.

The Montreal, QC native spent working with the New York Rangers AHL affiliates Hartford Wolf Pack as their goaltender coach. At the same time, he worked as the Goaltending Development consultant for the Rangers. 

During his stay with the Rangers organization, Raymond has worked closely with premium goaltenders Alexander Georgiev and Igor Shesterkin. 

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Before joining the Rangers franchise, Raymond worked as the goalie coach of the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads for 8 years from 2010 to 2018.

Raymond previously played in the Europen leagues from 1996 to 2007. He played more than 100 games in the ECHL, AHL, CoHL, and IHL after beginning his professional career in 1992. 

Furthermore, Eric played 145 games from 1989 at Laval Titan and the Collège-Français de Verdun of the QMJHL before his professional debut.

Montreal Canadiens General Manager

Kent Hughes was announced as the 18th GM in franchise history on Jan 18, 2022. He graduated from Boston College with a law degree in 1996.

Hughes attended Middlebury College before that where he played college hockey from 1988-92. He was inducted into the Middlebury College Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.

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Kent went on to become a player agent in 1998. He has represented players like Patrice Bergeron, Kris Letang, Darnell Nurse, Sammy Blais, Alex Newhook, Colin White, Drake Batherson, Anthony Beauvillier, Marco Scandella, and Alexis Lafrenière. 

After the Canadiens faced seven consecutive blowout losses in the 2021/22 season, Hughes fired the then-head coach Dominic Durchame and replaced him with Martin St. Louis.

In his first draft as the General Manager, Hughes selected left winger Juraj Slafkovsky in the first round (1st overall) in the 2022 NHL entry draft. 

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