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MAJOR: Jean-François Houle is finally respected by the Canadiens' organization

Published May 29, 2024 at 10:05
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William Boivin
May 29, 2024  (10:05)
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What had to happen, happened. Jean-François Houle finally has a new contract in hand to lead the Canadiens' farm team.

The head coach will be back at the helm of the Laval Rocket with the mission of developing the young prospects of the franchise.

The rumor had been circulating for a few days already. The Canadiens confirm they have reached an agreement with Jean-François Houle for several seasons.

All his assistants also keep their positions.


"Assistant coach Martin Laperrière, goaltending coach Marco Marciano, and video coach Charles Juneau have also accepted multi-year contract extensions."

Despite a long wait before this announcement, the Canadiens are very pleased to be able to rely on the services of Réjean Houle's son to lead the Laval Rocket:

"Jean-François Houle has done an excellent job as head coach of the Laval Rocket since his hiring in 2021. His team and he have demonstrated their ability to balance team performance and player development, establishing both a competitive environment and an ideal one for the growth of our prospects. The team has made the playoffs twice in three years, including a run to the Calder Cup semifinals in 2021-2022.

Jean-François and his team have done a very good job preparing many players for the transition to the National Hockey League during this period. His attention to detail and dedication to his profession, combined with over 20 years of experience as a coach in four different leagues, make Houle the ideal person for the Laval Rocket and the Montreal Canadiens. Playing in the AHL represents a crucial step in the development of many future NHL players, and we are confident that Jean-François is the right person to continue overseeing this process."

- John Sedgwick, General Manager of the Laval Rocket

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