Bergevin selected as new Montreal GM
Wednesday, 05.02.2012 / 8:34 AM / News
The Montreal Canadiens have tabbed former NHL player Marc Bergevin as its new GM and will introduce him in a Wednesday afternoon press conference at the team's practice facility.
Bergevin, 46, will replace the fired Pierre Gauthier, who was let go near the end of the 2011-12 season, and become the 17th GM in Canadiens history. The Canadiens not only missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, but finished last in the Eastern Conference and No. 28 in the League with a 31-35-16 record.
A Montreal native, Bergevin has spent the past seven seasons in Chicago's front office. This past season, Bergevin was the assistant GM under Stan Bowman.
He was a scout for the Hawks in 2010 when the club defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games to win the Stanley Cup. He also served as an assistant coach in Chicago on Joel Quenneville's staff.
Bergevin played 1,191 games as an NHL defenseman from 1984-2004, playing for eight different organizations, including two different stints with the Penguins..
NBC analyst Pierre McGuire was the runner-up for the job. He was on Ottawa radio this morning and said he was informed by Montreal owner Geoff Molson at 7:15 a.m. that he did not get the job.
It's the second consecutive season the Blackhawks have seen their assistant GM land a top position for a Canadian club. The Winnipeg Jets hired Kevin Cheveldayoff for their general manager position following the 2010-11 season.