BOUCHERVILLE, Friday, July 3, 2009 – The Commissioner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Gilles Courteau, today announced the hiring of Marcel Patenaude as Vice-President, Hockey.
"I am thrilled that Marcel Patenaude has accepted to join our hockey operations department," said the Commissioner. "In order to fulfil our mission of maximizing our players’ well-being and development, and also to better meet the needs of our clubs, the hiring of a new resource became a necessity. He brings an invaluable amount of knowledge and experience to our organization. Moreover, this move meets one of the goals outlined in our business plan, which was adopted at the last Board of Governors meeting held in Moncton last June."
Marcel Patenaude has been involved with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for 25 years. He occupied a variety of roles at the club level during the 1980’s, such as Assistant Coach, Head Coach and Head Scout, most notably with the Laval Titan. Furthermore, he worked as the Head Scout for the QMJHL from 1993-2000 and also acted as its Director of Hockey Operations from 1997-2000 before accepting the General Manager’s position in Halifax. Under his leadership, the Mooseheads took part in two President Cup finals: 2003 & 2005.
"I am very excited to be back," said Patenaude. "I really enjoyed the time I spent at the League and I look forward to supporting the staff already in place."
Finally, the Commissioner confirmed the hiring of Central Scouting Director, Patrick Charbonneau, on a full-time basis.
"Recruitment is the very basis for our long term viability and success. Patrick Charbonneau fulfils a real need to develop and better our recruitment strategy," he concluded.
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