Quebecer Stéphane Robidas, already wearing the team’s colors, has moved on to become an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens. He comes to support Martin Saint-Louis’ work at the helm of the team.
“I have the opportunity to come home and work for a Canadian, which is a great honor, the main interested party responded at a press conference on Thursday. This is not something I expected or dreamed of. I pinch myself again.”
“I feel very fortunate to add a candidate of Stephane’s caliber to our coaching staff,” said St.Louis in a press release. His experience as a player in the National League and his experience in hockey will prove to be assets to the development of our players.
St. Louis was the first mover to offer Robidas a needed assistant position following the departure of Luke Richardson in June. As for Richardson, he left the Canadiens after being hired as the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. Bad luck for Phoenix
The 45-year-old Robidas spent last season with Cantoniers de Magog, where he won the Jimmy-Ferrari Cup (U18 AAA Quebec Development Circuit Championship), as well as being named a finalist for the Coach of the Year title. His first season in the league. He was named assistant coach of the Sherbrooke Phoenix on June 15 before accepting an offer from the Canadiens.
“Stefan fit the profile we were looking for perfectly. He is a very good communicator, and I believe a lot of players can identify with him because of his great experience,” St-Louis added.
Prior to embarking on his coaching career, the Sherbrooke native held a succession of managerial positions…