J.J. Daigneault will join the Montreal Canadiens as an assistant coach under new head coach Michel Therrien, the team announced Friday. Daigneault has been an assistant coach with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL the past five seasons. Therrien praised Daigneault in a statement.
"I am extremely happy to welcome Jean-Jacques Daigneault to our coaching staff," Therrien said. "He brings a solid expertise, and his knowledge of the game will be an important asset to the development of our young players. Our group of defensemen will largely benefit from his experience and his solid reputation as a coach."
Daigneault is a Montreal native, and spent his playing days with Vancouver after being selected No. 10 overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He began coaching in 2005 with the ECHL's Phoenix Roadrunners, acting as assistant coach and director of player personnel. Hartford made the playoffs every year he was with the organization.
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