The Canadiens announced Friday morning that Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur will join the club as assistant coaches for the 2011-12 National Hockey League season.
Cunneyworth, as head coach, and Ladouceur, as his assistant, led the Bulldogs to the American Hockey League North Division championship last season with a 44-27-2-7 record for 97 points. The Bulldogs reached the Western Conference final before losing in seven games to the Houston Aeros.
“We are very pleased to have both Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur joining our coaching staff,” Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier said in a news release. “This duo did a tremendous job in their first year with the Hamilton Bulldogs last season. Their experience, dedication and hard work will inevitably contribute to the development of our young players which is a key factor to the success of our team.
“We have already started our preparation for the upcoming season and we welcome both Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur as the newest members of our coaching staff.”
Before joining the Bulldogs, Cunneyworth was an assistant coach with the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers for two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10). He previously spent nine seasons with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, including seven seasons as head coach from 2000 to 2008. During his tenure with the Americans, he led his team to three 40-plus win seasons, two 100-point seasons and six playoff berths.
Cunneyworth and Ladouceur will work under head coach Jacques Martin.
Gauthier also announced that Clement Jodoin will take over as head coach of the Bulldogs. In 2010-11, Jodoin completed his fourth season as head coach of the Rimouski Oceanic in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. During his four-year tenure as head coach, the Oceanic posted a 140-112-8-5 record in 265 regular season games.
Jodoin also played one season with the Concordia University Stingers in 1973-74, scoring eight goals and seven assists in 30 games.