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Montreal Canadiens name Jean-Francois Houle head coach of the Laval Rocket

He was the assistant coach with Bakersfield in the AHL.

The Montreal Canadiens have announced that Jean Francois Houle is the new head coach of the Laval Rocket.

Houle spent the last six years as an assistant coach in the American Hockey League. The 46-year-old was also previously the head coach of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada where he was replaced by Joël Bouchard, who was the team’s general manager at the time. He also has NCAA coaching experience.

“The Montreal Canadiens organization proudly welcomes Jean-François Houle as head coach of the Laval Rocket. After meeting with him, we quickly concluded that his philosophy and values aligned with ours. His dedication, passion for hockey, attention to detail, and leadership ability are among his top qualities. Jean-François’ many years of experience, along with his knowledge of the American Hockey League and the Quebec market, made him the perfect candidate for the position. He has proven himself at all levels and has a great reputation. His expertise will be a key element in the development of our organization’s young players,” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin in a press release.

He also has playing experience, and was a draft pick of the Canadiens in 1993. He played close to 300 career ECHL and AHL games.