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)