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Montreal Canadiens name Adam Nicholas director of hockey development

The skills coach has years of experience.

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The Montreal Canadiens and general manager Kent Hughes have named Adam Nicholas as the director of hockey development on Friday.

The hiring was first reported last weekend by Sportsnet’s Eric Engels.

Nicholas joins the Canadiens after working with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a skills development consultant since 2019. He also held a similar role with the Chicago Steel in the USHL from 2019 to 2022, as well as with UMass-Lowell in the NCAA from 2013 to 2018.

Nicholas is also the founder and owner of Stride Envy, a company that specializes in player skill development, specifically skating techniques.

The hiring is a new position for the Canadiens, who have not had specific skills coaches within the organization. Nicholas is the first hiring in this department that will very likely grow even larger under Canadiens executive vice president of hockey operations Jeff Gorton and Hughes.

They have both said that they are looking to modernize the Canadiens organization.