Marc Bergevin hired as New Montreal Canadiens GM

From The Canadian Press

The Montreal Canadiens have named Marc Bergevin their new general manager.

“Geoff Molson, Owner, President and CEO of the Montreal Canadiens will introduce Marc Bergevin as the Club’s new general manager during a press conference which will be held this afternoon,” said a release on the team’s website.

Bergevin served as assistant GM for the Blackhawks under Stan Bowman this season.

A former defenceman with 20 years NHL experience, he has spent seven seasons in various jobs in Chicago’s front office.

Bergevin played for Chicago, the Islanders, Hartford, Tampa Bay, Detroit, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Vancouver from 1984 to 2004.

The 46-year-old Montreal native succeeds the fired Pierre Gauthier.

The book on Marc Bergevin

  • Age: 46
  • Hometown: Montreal
  • Most recent NHL position: Assistant GM, Chicago
  • NHL front-office career with Chicago: Assistant GM, director of player personnel, director of pro scouting
  • NHL coaching career: Assistant, Chicago, 2008-09
  • NHL playing career: 20 seasons
  • Position: Defence
  • Drafted: 3rd round (59th overall) by Chicago in 1983
  • NHL teams: Chicago (1984-89), NY Islanders (1989-90), Hartford (1990-92), Tampa Bay (1992-95 & 2002-03), Detroit (1995-96), St. Louis (1996-2001 & 2001-02), Pittsburgh (2000-01 & 2002-04) and Vancouver (2003-04)
  • Regular-season games: 1,191
  • Goals: 36
  • Assists: 145
  • Points: 181
  • Penalty minutes: 1,090
  • Playoff games: 80
  • Goals: 3
  • Assists: 6
  • Points: 9
  • PIMs: 52

— Doug Harrison, CBC Sports

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Keira Knightley upsets Maple Leaf fans with Habs jersey

The Canadian Press,  Sat. Sep. 10 2011 2:21 PM ET

TORONTO — Keira Knightley risked rankling a Toronto audience by striding into a film festival press conference with a Montreal Canadiens jersey slung across her shoulders.

The British movie star says she did so at the bidding of her “Dangerous Method” co-star Viggo Mortensen, who is a big Habs fan.

Mortensen says he gave his co-star a “thorough coaching” on the politics of Canadian hockey before coming out. He proudly displayed a Habs jersey bearing the name Lafleur on the back, as well as a Scott Gomez sweater.

Knightley says they thought it would get the ire of their Toronto-bred director, David Cronenberg, and it did.

Cronenberg called the stunt “perverse” and expressed mock dismay that it didn’t seem to bother Knightley.

Knightley says she actually has no idea who hockey hero Guy Lafleur is, but says she expects her career to take off in Montreal after the appearance.

“Actually, I have to admit I have no idea what the jersey is…. He told me it would wind David up so we decided it would be a good idea,” Knightley said Saturday, gesturing to Mortensen who sat beside her.

“Something about a blond demon, I don’t know what that means.”

“I’m going to be huge in Montreal after this.”   We just have one thing to add: Go Habs Go!

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Habs sign Cammalleri and Gionta

The Habs signed free agent winger Michael Cammalleri to a five-year, $30 million deal worth $6 million annually.

Although he grew up in the Toronto area as a Maple Leaf fan and was courted by the Leafs and the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday Cammalleri knows he is headed into the perhaps the deepest, brightest fishbowl on the NHL landscape: Montreal.

“I’m pretty aware of it,” Cammalleri said of the pressure late Wednesday afternoon after he signed on to try and help resurrect the Habs’ sagging fortunes.

Cammalleri spent the past season with the Calgary Flames after spending the first five years of his career with the Kings. The diminutive winger scored a career-high 39 goals and 82 points last year playing with Jarome Iginla.

He is getting a substantial raise from the $3.6 million he earned last season. In 364 career NHL games, the 27-year-old Cammalleri has 132 goals and 155 assists.

He said playing in Calgary for a year gave him a good taste of what it means to play in a Canadian NHL market. Cammalleri noted the newcomers to the Habs’ lineup — Scott Gomez, Hal Gill and Jaroslav Spacek — and said they’ll all be in the same boat trying to fit in.

“Hockey’s the ultimate team game. We’re all going to need each other,” Cammalleri said.

Cammalleri’s agent Ian Pulver said the Canadiens made a push for the talented forward’s services right out of the gate Wednesday but were joined by Ottawa and Montreal.

Pulver said Cammalleri will embrace the pressure of playing in Montreal where the Habs are coming off a tumultuous season with a bevy of problems on and off the ice including allegations of player ties to convicted felons and the benching of star Alexei Kovalev and the firing of head coach Guy Carbonneau.

The makeover of the Montreal Canadiens continues Wednesday night with the signing of free-agent forward Brian Gionta to a five-year, $25 million deal.

In Montreal, Gionta will be reunited with former New Jersey Devils teammate Scott Gomez, the two having known offensive success together. Gionta was fourth on the Devils last year in scoring with 60 points. It was his fifth straight 20-goal season.

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