Montreal Canadiens: 6 Qualities an Ideal Habs Coach Must Possess

June 26th, 2012 by Michael Carroll Leave a reply »
The Montreal Canadiens have found their new, or rather, old head coach. On June 5, the Canadiens re-hired Michel Therrien, who previously coached the team from 2000-03.

Hopefully for the Canadiens, Therrien can bring some stability to the head coaching position. Since Montreal last won a Stanley Cup championship (1993), the franchise has undergone 11 coaching changes. Perhaps the coaching carousel explains why the 24-time Stanley Cup champions have been stuck on 24 for two decades.

The head coach of the Canadiens must manage great amounts of pressure and responsibility. Those who came before him built “Les Habs” into one of the greatest franchises in North American sports during the 20th century. Montreal’s recent championship drought, though, has changed the pressure on the head coach: to bring the franchise back to greatness, rather than to maintain the level of greatness.

Any man interested in Montreal’s head coaching position must have some special qualities for this particular job. In other words, the Canadiens head coach has different job requirements than other NHL head coaches.

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