BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, June 29, 2009 – The Montreal Canadiens today announced the hiring of Guy Boucher as head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. It is his first opportunity at the professional level.
The Drummondville Voltigeurs enjoyed an outstanding season in which they captured the regular season championship as well as the first President Cup title in franchise history. Boucher also played a key role as an assistant coach on Canada’s gold medal-winning National Junior squad.
Over the course of his three seasons with the Voltigeurs, Boucher posted a 98-100-1 record in the regular season and a .742% winning percentage in the playoffs.
"I am always happy to see our coaches graduate to the next level," commented the Commissioner of the QMJHL, Gilles Courteau. "The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League offers both players and coaches the opportunity to learn and develop their skill sets for the professional ranks. Guy did a sensational job with the Voltigeurs. He definitely deserves this opportunity."
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