Canadiens hire Luke Richardson as assistant coach

The Montreal Canadiens announced the addition of Luke Richardson to their coaching staff on Monday.

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens have hired Luke Richardson as an assistant coach.

The Ottawa native spent last season as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders.

Richardson, a former NHL defenceman, will work with Canadiens blue-liners on head coach Claude Julien’s staff.

“We’re very pleased with the hiring of Luke Richardson as an assistant coach,” said Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin in a release. “Luke has tremendous experience, both as a player in the NHL and as a coach. He also had the opportunity to work internationally with Hockey Canada, which gives him excellent credibility among young players.”

“We’re very happy that he has joined the Canadiens organization.”

The 49-year-old guided Team Canada to gold at the Spengler Cup in the 2016-17 season.

Previously, Richardson served as head coach for the AHL’s Binghamton Senators from 2012-16. He was an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators from 2008-12.

Earlier this off-season, the Canadiens hired Dominique Ducharme from the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs as an assistant coach. Other coaches on the staff associate coach Kirk Muller, goaltending coach Stephane Waite and video coach Mario Leblanc.

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