MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens have named Randy Cunneyworth the new head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs, their American Hockey League affiliate.
The Canadiens also named Randy Ladouceur an assistant Tuesday, helping cover for the defections of assistants Daniel Lacroix and Martin Raymond. They joined former Bulldogs head coach Guy Boucher with the Tampa Bay Lightning in moves also announced Tuesday.
Cunneyworth becomes the franchise’s ninth head coach.
“We were looking for a strong leader to coach our farm team in Hamilton,” Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier said in a statement. “In Randy Cunneyworth, we get an individual who knows the game inside-out and who brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, to the table.”
Cunneyworth served as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Thrashers the past two seasons. He previously spent nine seasons with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, seven of them as head coach.
The 49-year-old from Toronto was named the AHL coach of the year in 2004-05 when he led the club to first place overall with a 51-19-10 record.
Cunneyworth played 15 seasons in the NHL, appearing in 866 regular-season games with Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Winnipeg, Hartford, Chicago and Ottawa. The winger served as captain of the Senators from 1994 to 1998 and reached a Stanley Cup final with Buffalo in 1999.
Ladouceur, 50, was an assistant coach for the Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara IceDogs last season. The Brockville, Ont., native spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach in the NHL—eight with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and two with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He played defence for 14 NHL seasons with Detroit, Hartford and Anaheim.