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Montreal Canadiens' name hall of famer Martin St. Louis interim Head Coach

The former super star's career spanned 17 years with the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers.

Immediately following the release of former head coach Dominique Ducharne, the Montreal Canadiens have hired Martin St. Louis as their interim head coach.

The 46-year-old Laval native has zero coaching experience in the NHL, his only experience comes as being a special teams consultant to John Tortorella back in Columbus.

“We are very happy to welcome Martin to the Canadiens organization,” said Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes. “Not only are we adding an excellent hockey man, but with Martin we are bringing in a proven winner and a man whose competitive qualities are recognized by all who have crossed his path.”

Martin St. Louis is a hall-of-famer who had 1,033 career points (391 goals, 642 assists) in 1,134 games.

Throughout his career he won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003-04, two art ross trophies (2003-04, 2004-05), the Ted Lindsay award (2003-04), the Hart trophy (2003-04) and three Lady Byng trophies (2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13).

The Montreal Canadiens are half-way through a highly disappointing season following a Stanley Cup final appearance in the COVID shortened 2021 season.

They currently sit dead-last in the NHL with 23 points (8-30-7) in 45 games.