The Bulldog Series
posted at 5/7/2011 12:34 PM EDTThe Conference Final features several former coaches with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.Guy Boucher (and his Assistant Coaching Staff) were the team's coaches just last season.Claude Julian, Geoff Ward and Doug Jarvis are all former Bulldogs Head Coaches as well.Speaks well for the development of the Coaching ranks at that level.At least the Canadiens organization does something right. I'm just thankful (other than Julian) that they didn't give any of these guys a shot.
Re: The Bulldog Series
posted at 5/7/2011 4:02 PM EDTIn Response to The Bulldog Series:
[QUOTE] At least the Canadiens organization does something right. I'm just thankful (other than Julian) that they didn't give any of these guys a shot.
Posted by hendy77[/QUOTE]
A couple of things wrong with this:
-Boucher was head coach in Hamiltion for a single season and got 2 head coaching offers. The Habs weren't going to fire Martin to hire Boucher, and being in the organization a single season doesn't really qualify as not getting a shot.
-Geoff Ward was connected to Edmonton, not Montreal. He left the Bulldogs when the Oilers switched affiliation to the Toronto Roadrunners.
-Since Doug Jarvis is a career assistant coach, he got a shot with Montreal. He spent 4 years doing that job with the Habs.
All good guys. But it's not like the Canadiens let them all rot in their organization, passing them over and not giving them a shot and/or recognizing their talents.