And at a press conference Thursday, the hockey club refused to disclose the reasons for this dismissal.
We thank Marc-André Bergeron for his work within our organizationDean McDonald, president of Deacon Sports and Entertainment (DSE), said in a statement.
Marc-Andre’s great passion for sports played an important role in the team’s development. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
Bergeron saw a huge increase in his workload last season. He was to take over the Trois-Rivières team last November, when head coach Eric Belanger announced his departure to lead the Voltigeurs de Drummondville in the Quebec Junior Hockey League (LHJMQ). He took over the rest of the season.
Under his leadership, the Lions have compiled a record of 23 wins and 36 losses. His record is 63 wins and 69 losses as general manager.
Off the ice, the past few months have also been very stressful for the organization. In April, Chief Mark Whitman, the architect of the Trois-Rivières franchise, decided to return to the nest of the Montreal Alouettes. Then, the city of Trois-Rivières served an official notice to the team’s owners, in May, about the unpaid rent. The case remains unresolved at this time.
Marc-Andre Bergeron was an important pillar for the youth team of VECHLSince its inception in 2021. It was first hired in March 2019 by the Municipal Administration of Yveslevsk to find one or more tenants to occupy the future Coliseum.
The former Montreal Canadiens defender saw his tenure come to an end in December of the same year. It will be set later by Electronic health recordsa group of promoters wishing to form a team ofECHL in Trois-Rivières.
A few months later, an agreement in principle was signed between the city of Trois-Rivières and the DSE to occupy the new Colisée from the 2021-2022 season. Then Marc-Andre Bergeron was appointed Vice President and General Manager of the organization.
In this position, he took great pride in giving the Quebecers a great place to coach. Although the Lions made the playoffs in their inaugural season, roster management was greatly complicated by the ongoing effects of COVID-19.
Pascal Riom at the controls
Pascal Riom was in talks with a team of QMJHLfor a head coach job after refusing to extend a contract as an assistant coach with the Lions.
By being named head coach and general manager, he thus secured an important promotion. The last time he coached a game as head coach was in 2020 with Val d’Or Foururs.
He joined the Lions in 2021, after being fired in QMJHL. It was a comeback for him at Laviolette, since he began his professional career with the Dravers in 1991.
A big challenge awaits me, he agreed in an interview to the offer direct. I’ve been a head coach before, never a general manager. There, right now, I’m running both Careers, so for me it is a challenge. Alex Cousino, who’s going to be COO, I’ve been working with for two years. We have a very good relationship.
Ryom will be responsible for the team’s performance on the ice, recruiting players and making strategic decisions.
Its priority is to award contracts to players the organization wants to keep.
I would like to have a team that is physically bigger, harder to play againstwith a special purpose
To make a better offer.
Like Bergeron, Pascal Riom has a good knowledge of professional hockey, having played 318 matches in the National League. He won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003. The former center also played 271 games in the American League.
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