For immediate release
Montreal, QC (Nov. 24, 2018) –– Les Canadiennes de Montréal announced that head coach Dany Brunet will be stepping down from his coaching duties with the team for personal reasons. He resigned this week.
Les Canadiennes plan to name an interim head coach shortly. Caroline Ouellette will take over head coaching duties for the two games against the Calgary Inferno this weekend.
Brunet was an integral part of Les Canadiennes’ winning culture. With over 30 years of coaching experience at various levels of hockey, he joined the team in 2013-14. He led Les Canadiennes to three Clarkson Cup final appearances and to a memorable championship victory in 2017. In 131 regular season games, he maintained a stellar 100-25-2-4 record and guided the team to three Chairman’s Trophies.
Brunet became the most successful coach in the CWHL last season. He was tied for second place for playoff wins with eight. He captured his 100th victory against the Worcester Blades on Nov. 18, 2018. He was named the CWHL Coach of the Year in 2015.
« I want to sincerely thank Dany for his many years of service to Les Canadiennes. Dany was the first head coach I hired and the journey together proved to be an adventure. Our goal from the start was to lay the building blocks for Les Canadiennes to thrive, and Dany contributed tremendously to the organisation’s rapid development during his tenure, providing a professional structure to our hockey program, sharing his knowledge with our athletes and establishing our youth programs. The organisation wishes him all the best in his future projects, » said Meg Hewings, General Manager.
Les Canadiennes cannot be reached for comment on this matter this weekend.
The team turns its attention to two games against the Calgary Inferno this weekend on Nov. 24 at 7:30pm (MST) and Nov. 25 at 10:30am (MST) at the WinSport Arena A. Montreal is off to a strong start this season, tied for second place with the Inferno with 14 points (8 GP: 7-1-0) and only one point behind the first-placed Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays with five games in hand. Focused on extending their legacy as the most successful club in the league, Les Canadiennes will continue their quest for a fifth franchise Clarkson Cup.
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