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The Hammer Falls In Montreal

MONTREAL - Geoff Molson, Owner, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Club de hockey Canadien, has announced that Marc Bergevin, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Trevor Timmins, Assistant General Manager, as well as Paul Wilson, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, have been relieved of their respective functions, effective immediately.


 

 

added 3:56pm, Statement from Marc Bergevin is below.

Hello to all,

Saying farewell to an organization like the Montreal Canadiens is not an easy thing to do. I want to leave the organization in the same way I came in: with a lot of pride.

If there is one word that comes to mind right now, it is "thanks."

Thanks to everyone who, in one way or another, has helped make this dream come true.

Thanks to Geoff for his dedication, support and trust throughout this journey.

Thanks to the players, the coaches, the management team, the scouts and all the hockey and administrative staff I worked with. Without you, I would never have been able to realize my dream.

Thanks to the media for their professionalism and coverage. I would never have thought, in my life, that I would be getting more visibility than the Premier.

Especially...

Thanks to the fans for their support, passion, and loyalty to the Montreal Canadiens.

The last years have been high in both emotions and learnings. You have witnessed my journey leading the organization. You won't be surprised to hear me say it has not been a long, quiet river, and at times, it felt like we were living in a TV show. Despite the challenges, the organization I led with passion always fought back. For me, each experience, good or bad, made me a better leader.

It was in 2012 that I accepted, with pride, the challenge of leading the Montreal Canadiens towards a 25th Stanley Cup. Even if I always said that the goal was to make the playoffs and that everything was possible once there, the real objective was always to bring the Cup to Montreal.

I know you would have liked to hear me say that at each golf tournament at the start of the season, but this thought was behind every decision I made since my first day at the head of this organization. Last year allowed us to get closer to the ultimate objective but we fell short of hoisting the Holy Grail. Despite this, I am proud of what we achieved as an organization. I sincerely hope this objective will be achieved sooner than later.

Montreal is the city where I took my first skating strides and it's also the city where I learned to lead the NHL's winningest franchise. This city and this organization will always have a special place in my heart.

That said, and despite the fact that this journey is coming to an end, I am proud of the legacy I'm leaving within the organization. The current team is much better than the results show, and I am convinced that my successors will be able to rise to the challenge.

It is with my head high and with unforgettable memories that I am leaving my role as General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens.

I wish this organization and my successor all the best for the future.

Thanks again,


Marc

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Down River Dan's avatar

...The team said the process to hire a new general manager is underway and they are looking for one that will “bring significant hockey expertise to the organization, an additional criterion of that person’s role will be to communicate with fans in both French and English.”...

Nothing says your evaluating all of the best canidates, by immediately eliminating 2/3rds of the talent pool….what if the best coach and best GM don’t speak French?? Hard to believe the Habs haven’t won anything since 1993… but I’m sure Patrick Roy will everything… confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/28/21 at 04:03 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Wow. We all knew he was on thin ice the last few years, but I thought a Stanley Cup appearance last year would have bought him a little more time.

Regardless, Quebec is next level special.

Posted by TreKronor on 11/28/21 at 04:26 PM ET

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I think Bergeron was dying to move on.
And I don’t feel the slightest bit sorry for Montreal fans.

Posted by pnwwing on 11/28/21 at 05:30 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Bergevin was a lame duck GM, contract was to expire the end of the season.  He knew he was gone and talk is may be headed to LAK in some capacity.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/28/21 at 05:33 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Montreal overachieved last season. The only team they could this season was Detroit.  confused

Posted by bigfrog on 11/28/21 at 07:29 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Montreal overachieved last season. The only team they could this season was Detroit.

Well, there goes any hope of them “stealing” Jeff Blashill from us….

 

 

 

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 11/28/21 at 08:53 PM ET

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