Canadiens name BriseBois GM of top farm club, renew coaches

BriseBois replaces Canadiens GM Bob Gainey, who managed both the NHL and AHL clubs last season. The GM job in Hamilton is traditionally held by the assistant GM of the Canadiens.

BriseBois, a 30-year-old lawyer who also holds an MBA, is the AHL’s youngest GM. He joined the Canadiens in 2001 as director of legal affairs and was promoted to vice-president of hockey operations in 2006, handling mainly contract negotiations and matters related to the collective bargaining agreement with the players.

Lever returns for a third season with the Bulldogs. Last season, he led the team to the first Calder Cup in its 11-year history.

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The South Porcupine, Ont., naive played 1,020 NHL games for Vancouver, Calgary, the defunct Colorado Rockies, New Jersey and Buffalo and later served as an assistant coach with Buffalo and St. Louis. He was AHL coach of the year with Rochester in 1990-91.

Wilson is entering his fifth season as assistant coach in Hamilton. He played 14 NHL seasons with Winnipeg, St. Louis and Montreal and later coached in the Flames organization.