Brisebois leaving job as Habs player development coach

Former Canadiens defenceman Patrice Brisebois is leaving his job as the Habs’ player development coach.

“It was Patrice’s decision to move on for family reasons,” said Donald Beauchamp, the team’s senior vice president, communications and community relations.

The 43-year-old Brisebois, who has two young daughters, worked mainly with the Canadiens’ defence prospects. He often travelled to work with them on site, such as in Hamilton where the team’s farm club is located.

Brisebois, who played 16 seasons with the Habs, was hired for the job in June 2012, a month after Marc Bergevin took over as the Canadiens’ general manager. Former NHLer Martin Lapointe was hired at the same time and named director of player development.

“I think I can teach them the things it takes to be a pro,” Brisebois told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs soon after being named to the position.  “When things are going very well, you don’t get too high. When things are going bad, you don’t get too low. These kids aren’t robots, they’re human beings.”

The Canadiens have yet to fill the vacancy left by the departure last month of assistant coach Gerard Gallant who was named head coach of the Florida Panthers.

(File photo: Dario Ayala/The Gazette)



  1. mark-ID says:

    new thread

    “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  2. mdp2011 says:

    Hey, some actual news.

    Canadiens Montréal ‏@CanadiensMTL 4m
    Canadiens sign first round pick Nikita Scherbak (@nikscherbak) to a three-year contract. DETAILS->

  3. SmartDog says:

    Any books to recommend?

    1. I’m reading the Harry Bosche books (Michael Connelly) from the start. I think there are about 10. He’s a fantastic character. Well written and clever stuff. I’m gonna be sad when it’s over.

    2. Other books I would recommend for great summer reads:
    – Sandman Slim
    – Enders’ Shadow
    – One Second After

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Not the Terry Ryan one.

      Moving. Forward.

    • Luke says:

      I’m reading the “Lies of Locke Lamora” by Scott Lynch (actually I’m on book two).

      I love fantasy genre stuff, this one really surprised me. Bought it on a whim and was hooked.

    • bwoar says:

      Reading Charlie Stross’ new Laundry novel, The Rhesus Chart.

      Complete fun-times reading, totally nowhere near as serious as his more high-powered & sorta brainy sci-fi stuff. Read Accelerando by the same author if you want something a bit deeper. He’s a go-to guy, never writes a bad book.

    • plum says:

      The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier!!!

      The Wheel of Time series is an all time favourite of mine. A Song of Ice and Fire is also fantastic.

      Recently I’ve been reading a lot of Brandon Sanderson. If you’re into the fantasy genre like myself, then I would definitely recommend the Mistborn series, or The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance.

  4. DipsyDoodler says:

    I just had a nice stroll down St.Laurent blvd. after having done some business there. Summer is great.

    I was reminded of our discussion re: the naming of the Ottawa Redblacks after walking past Cinema L’Amour.

    Has anyone noticed how prosaic and pedestrian the titles of porn movies have become? Gone are the witty plays on words and double entendres of the 90s. Now every title is a matter-of-fact description of the (1) sex act (2) age and ethnicity of the participants and (3) volume number in the collector’s edition ( I was surprised, as you will all be, to learn that “European Semen Swap” is now at Volume 7 ).

    Anyway, have we signed a goon yet?

    Moving. Forward.

  5. CH Marshall says:

    the Breezer’s stubble is all I see now…. please new thread soon

    • Luke says:

      This mid-July nothing thread is going to be the one to break the Ryan White Threshold.

      You have to hope for an Eller or PK signing, either that or get ready to talk about pizza toppings, worm farming and how much I dislike Eric Clapton.

      Only 2800 (and change) more posts to go…

  6. on2ndthought says:

    “a cannonading drive”

  7. ElMcFoldo says:

    Here’s what Subban’s contract might end up looking like:
    80million over 8 years:

    This should get it done, right?

  8. Ian Cobb says:

    Another 16 money orders with stamped self addressed envelopes arrived by courier this morning so far! Only 7 days left!

    Summit game tickets, News, Pictures and comments

  9. Luke says:

    Of PK and the Habs.

    5) If the Canadiens enter this season as they’re currently constructed, here’s a look at how they might line up:




  10. Chris says:

    In honour of the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing, Cal asked where our aspiration has gone.

    My take on it, as a scientist:

    Today’s society is much more individualistic than that of the 1960’s, but perhaps more importantly lacks the political jockeying that was present in that era.

    Regarding the latter point, the moon landing was driven by the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, each of whom were obsessed with proving that their social, political and economic systems were superior to the other’s.

    Rivalries between Russia, China, the US and the European Union are certainly important, but they don’t have the same urgency as the Cold War.

    And that leads to the second point…people are too driven by their own self-interest (tax cuts, small government, infrastructure) for such an expensive endeavour as NASA to get the kind of funding required to make a realistic go of things. This has forced NASA to become much more strategic.

    That all being said, there are a lot of things going on right now that deserve more mention. 2014 and 2015 are shaping up to be an exciting time in our understanding of the solar system:

    1. The Hubble Space Telescope, now in its 24th year of operation, has in my opinion done far more for our understanding of the cosmos than the moon landing did.

    2. We have rovers exploring the surface of Mars. One of them, Opportunity, is still operating after 10 years, far longer than was ever dreamed of, and that rover has now driven more than the lunar rovers did. The most recent mission, Curiosity, is sending back excellent data and the landing of that rover was a work of stunning scientific and engineering genius, in my opinion.

    3. The satellite New Horizons is scheduled to do a fly-by of Pluto and its moon Charon in mid-2015 before heading out into the largely unknown outer regions of our solar system.

    4. The Dawn satellite returned some excellent pictures from Vesta, and is now on its way to Ceres, scheduled to arrive in early 2015.

    5. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta satellite is scheduled to reach the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in just a few weeks, with the intended goal of landing on it.

    6. The James Webb Space Telescope is under construction, with an intended launch date of October 2018. (It will probably be more like 2020.) This is the last of the “big” NASA projects: its massive budget (almost $9 billion to date) has been controversial, but that is unfortunately the cost of trying to do something that ambitious. The JWST will be orbiting a stable Earth Lagrange point (technical detail…it is one of the 5 points in the solar system that orbit at the same speed around the Sun as the Earth) that is roughly 4 times further from the Earth than the Moon is.

    7. The Cassini-Huygens mission continues to return spectacular images from Saturn, including this beautiful shot taken from behind Saturn looking towards the Sun.

    8. The International Space Station continues to provide excellent space science while also allowing us to observe the effects of humans living in low-gravity, knowledge that is essential should we ever want to progress beyond the bounds of our own planet.

    If people want big scientific projects, they have to understand that these things cost money. It also helps when, as Cal points out, people realize that it isn’t just a waste of money, but that these things often lead to other improvements in our technology. This is an area where scientists need to do a far better job: we need to start talking to the general public instead of ignoring them unless we need more of their tax-derived money.

  11. CHicoHab says:

    Whose this big forward from the Sharks?

  12. Timo says:

    How old is Alex? (John Smidt’s son)

    Thanks in advance.

  13. Luke says:

    Franson & the Leafs settle – 3.3 million for one year.

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