MONTREAL – Canadian Hockey Club general manager Marc Bergiveen announced Tuesday that he has agreed to the terms of a three-season contract extension with head coach Dominique Ducharme (2021-2022 to 2023-2024), officially becoming the league’s 31st coach. Canadians’ rich history.
Ducharme, 48, was promoted to interim coach on February 24, replacing Claude Julien, after two seasons as assistant coach. Under his watch, the team went 15-16-7 as well as qualifying for the playoffs.
Born in Juliette, Ducharme became the first coach since Jack Demers in 1993 to lead the Canadians to the Stanley Cup Final. The team initially postponed the first round 1-3 to eliminate the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games, before scoring a second-round sweep to eliminate the Winnipeg Jets. The Canadians finally got their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final by knocking down the Vegas Golden Knights in six games, winning the Clarence S Campbell Cup, a first in team history.
“Dominic has been able to put his system in place and establish himself as head coach in a season with very challenging conditions. While our team has experienced their fair share of adversities, he has shown a great deal of control of the situation as well as showing calmness and great leadership. These are important qualities,” said Mark Bergjevin We look for her in any coach and he totally deserves the opportunity to lead our team and take it to the next level.”
Ducharme joined the Canadian coaching staff on April 27, 2018 after ten seasons off the bench at QMJHL, including the last seven, from 2011 to 2018, as head coach. He led the Halifax Mooseheads from 2011 to 2016 and the Drummondville Voltigeurs from 2016 to 2018. He won the President’s Cup and Memorial Cup with the Halifax Mooseheads at the end of the 2012-2013 season. In the same year, Ducharme was named Canada Coach of the Year (CHL) by receiving the prestigious Brian-Kilrea Trophy as well as the Ron-Lapointe Trophy for the same honor in QMJHL.
On the international stage, Ducharme led the Canadian team through the 2017 and 2018 FIHG World Junior Championships, winning silver and gold respectively.
In 2002-03, after 15 seasons as a player, in Quebec and then in France, Ducharme made his debut behind the bench with the UQTR Patriots. He also ran the Juliette Club, at junior AAA level, before moving to the Corteau circuit, as an assistant at Montreal Junior in 2008-2009.