Quebec Major Junior Hockey League: The Montreal Juniors reveal their new coaching staff

    MONTREAL, July 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Pascal Vincent, head coach of the
Montreal Juniors, is proud to announce his brand new coaching staff for the
2008-2009 season. Comprised of veterans rich with wisdom, the new coaching
staff hopes to lead the Montreal Juniors to a championship title in their
inaugural season.


    Dominique Ducharme, Assistant Coach

    For the past four years, Dominique Ducharme was at the heart of the
l'Action de Joliette, a team in the Quebec Junior AAA hockey league. Even
though the team was new to the league, under Ducharme's guidance they won the
championship title in 2006 and 2008, and were champions of the prestigious
NAPA cup in 2006 and 2007.
    Ducharme capped off his endeavours with l'Action by winning the
much-coveted Coach of the Year award.
    His coaching wisdom is in large part due to his success at the playing
level, as well. Ducharme played for the University of Vermont from 1991-1995,
and spent a short period of time as the assistant coach of the Patriotes de
Trois-Rivières, from 2002-2004.
    Ducharme, a 35-year old, is well known for his thorough understanding of
the technical aspect of hockey, and for his ability to communicate extremely
well with his players.

    Gordon Kilgallen, Assistant Coach

    A native of Verdun, Gordon Kilgallen played all of his minor hockey for
the Verdun Leafs. For the past 15 years, Kilgallen has been behind the bench
for numerous associations-from Pee-Wee all the way to Midget AAA. In
2005-2006, he was the assistant coach of the Châteauguay "AAA" Patriotes, and
helped them on their way to win the Quebec Championships and earn a Bronze
medal in the Telus Cup. From 2006-2008, Kilgallen served as their head coach.
He was also head coach of the West Island Midget Espoir Tigers, and led them
to two consecutive provincial championships from 2003-2005.
    For the past 3 years, Kilgallen has served as technical director for the
LaSalle minor hockey association.

    Eric Raymond, Goaltending Coach

    Eric Raymond, a 36-year old former goalie, joins the Montreal Juniors
coaching staff after winning the President's Cup trophy with the Verdun team
17 years ago. Raymond is fresh off of his own career experiences, retiring in
the 2006-2007 season.
    During his playing days, Raymond guarded the net for the Fredericton
Canadiens and the Rochester Americans of the AHL, as well as spending some
time with the South Carolina Stingrays and the Huntington Blizzard of the
ECHL. He worked with the revered goalie coach Benoît Allaire throughout his
entire junior career, and still credits him as a mentor and source of
inspiration. As a 24-year old, Raymond was also a member of the 1995-1996
Canadian Olympic hockey team.
    Raymond continued his career in hockey by coaching minor hockey in
Europe, as well as coaching Midget Espoir in 2007-2008, at the prep-school
level. After hoisting the President's Cup with the Verdun team when he was
just 19 years old, Raymond is excited to be returning to Montreal.


    The entire coaching staff will reunite for the training camp on August
29th. The Montreal Juniors will start off with a bang as they visit Patrick
Roy and the Remparts in their first game on September 12th. The Juniors will
return home to the Verudn Auditorium to face the Remparts on Friday, September
20th. Make sure you get yours tickets by calling 514.670-2100.

For further information:

For further information: Lisa-Marie Williams, Administration and Media
Relations, (514) 670-2100, ext. 226,; Source: The
Montreal Juniors

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