The Montreal Canadiens will hold a news conference at 2pm et/11am pt to introduce Marc Bergevin as their new general manager.

You can watch it live on TSN and and listen in on TSN Radio 990 at

Bergevin most worked last season as the assistant general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks under Stan Bowman – his seventh with the franchise.

The 46-year-old Montreal native will replace Pierre Gauthier, who was fired in late March.

After his retirement as a player in 2004, Bergevin became a pro scout with the Blackhawks before serving as an assistant coach with Joel Quenneville. He was director of player personnel when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and was promoted to assistant general manager last June.

He was drafted by the Blackhawks 59th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. During his 20-year NHL career, Bergevin totaled 36 goals, 181 points and 1,090 penalty minutes in 1,191 NHL games.


  1. HABSSTAR says:

    Let's get on with the house cleaning!

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    Is he a man in control or is Molson gonna be pulling the strings? Does he hire the best avail coach or the best avail French Canadian coach? Challenges, challenges I see him facing, good luck in restoring the faith of your fans.

  3. lafleur10 says:

    he has full control in all hockey decisions geoff molson will  just sign the pay cheques!

  4. lafleur10 says:

    this is an excting day as a habs fan! congratulations marc bergervin,and welcome to the habs! can't wait to see what your going to do ………….now let's get down to business buyout gomez,sign price and subban to long term deals ,draft galchenyuk and let's fleece a couple of teams in trades,instead of being gauthier and getting fleeced.

  5. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I like this decision by Montreal…McGuire would be the worst decision well second worst to Gauthier, this franchise has ever made.

    I just find this whole 'French' thing bullcrap because it really limits your options as a franchise, but who cared. Do they not see that French players or personnel are not making the same impact in the NHL as they once were?

    Anyways, smart decision. He does not have much experience actually managing a team but give the guy a shot. Could not be worse then Gainey/Gauthier.

  6. dumbassdoorman says:

    Well that is good news for fans and him. Nothing worse then an owner who thinks they are a sports person….lol, just look at the Redskins

  7. lafleur10 says:

    REJEAN HOULE! was the worst g.m. in our history,followed by gauthier,this is a very good hire and i for one can't wait to watch what he does as g.m. as for macguire i think he would've be o.k. too ,honestly you can't know as much as he does and not be good! i also heard the first move bergevin will do is hire rick dudley and matrin lapointe solid hockey people and good guys,especially dudley he's a very smart guy i think he will be assistant g.m.

  8. TimTheBone says:

    Well Lucky for MTL that some of the best guys available at this time are actually french speaking…. i.e Brisebois, Bergevin, Loiselle etc….

    as well IMO the best AVAILABLE coach is also french speaking….

    So hurry up Bergevin and sign Marc Crawford right this instance as your first piece of business….

  9. dumbassdoorman says:

    Is Dudley's contract with the Leafs up?

  10. TimTheBone says:

    Dudley would be a decent choice as Assistant G.M

    Lapointe in a associate coaching spot perhaps?….

    i'm hoping not Head coach…

    I'm very vocal and excited to have Marc Crawford behind our bench…

  11. lafleur10 says:

    i'm not sure but he can resign from the leafs and be hired by the habs!

  12. dumbassdoorman says:

    UMMM I believe there are rules against that

  13. reinjosh says:

    Agreed. I think a little new blood into the team will be a good thing. You don't have the head case of Roy or the specialness McGuire. It still astounds me that McGuire's made it to the runner up spot on three different teams now. Makes me think he has to have something attractive to him. 

    But yeah, give the guy a shot. He's got some good scouting experience and player development, and assistant GM experience with the Hawks. Can't be worse than Gauthier anyways. 
  14. frankinboltonleafs says:

    Doesn't this just feel Ferguson?

  15. lafleur10 says:

    no because un like ferguson ,bergevin will surruond himself with good smart hockey people i.e. rick dudley who will be hired immediately by bergevin and he learned from the bowman's and furguson didn't

  16. lafleur10 says:

    there isn't if he resigns from the leafs therefore making himavailable to sign with anyone,plus i suspect the leafs to give bergevin permission to talk to dudley,and he will

  17. dumbassdoorman says:

    I think he more meant in a way like an owner hiring a green GM, so that he can more easily pull strings. However, it may no be the case either, Bergevin, may have total control, who knows?

  18. dumbassdoorman says:

    The NHL, does the same thing with coaches when they are either fired or resign, I believe permission is needed either way. Don't count on the leafs looking to strengthen one of their division rivals, lol.

  19. dumbassdoorman says:

    The question is though, does Crawford want part of the pressure cooking rebuild? He saw what Wilson went through in leafland, is will to risk the samething?

  20. TimTheBone says:

    and what exactly did wilson go through… fans chanting fire wilson?… thats about it… coaches get fired.. that just the business…. not many coaches ever last 10 + years on one team… even the best get canned eventually…. Scotty Bowman was let go or fired a few times before…

    the real question is why wouldnt he want to coach again in the league… for one of the most storied franchises in sports no less… Jobs on teams such as the leafs, habs, Wings…. these jobs should be covetted not feared…. as far as I'm concerned, if you're afraid of your image and being a target for the media, then you lack the integrity to be successful… and at that point I don't want someone like that….. If you lack integrity then you'll have a real hard time being successful…

    I really am tired of people always questioning that part of our Teams../. yeah sure its a fact that the media are hounds… but If you have any reservations about the media at all… then you my friend are not even close to being right for our team… go live a sheltered obscure life in the ever bottom feeding teams of the south and mid south

    I'm sure you can agree

  21. reinjosh says:

    Exactly. As long as a contract exists, the team that previously employed them needs to give permission for that team to talk to that person. Until the contract ends, regardless of whether the person was fired or if they resigned, they still need permission to go somewhere else. 

  22. JoelLeafs says:

    I can just see him at the draft table…

    McGuire: now this kid played his hockey in highschool for the Laurier Secondary school in Woodstock, Ontario and he ate pogos before every game!
    Scouts: …
    McGuire: but this guy over here has a great junior connection with a player that might go in the 2nd round and he's 172 pounds!
    Scouts: well, what does that mean for-
    McGuire: This other kid is a monster, who played for Scubal of the Czech under 17 league and his brother is an avid soccer player!
    Scouts: ugh…

  23. reinjosh says:

    Moronic media members? Unrealistic fan expectations? Take your pick. Crawford may not be picky for a job but he may not want to be in Montreal. 

    But I largely agree. Toronto, Montreal, Wings. These jobs should be cherished and desired by people. There friggin Original 6 teams and storied, storied franchises. They should carry weight in job searches and guys should be clamouring for the jobs.
    But I can't blame coaches or players for not wanting that craziness. Some people just can't deal with that kind of pressure. Can't hold that against them if you ask me. Some people just weren't born with thick skins. 
  24. frankinboltonleafs says:

    Irony: the fact you guys didn't try to get Dudley first as GM???? Why

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