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Guy Boucher and Dominique Ducharme in Océanic’s sights

The Rimouski Océanic is looking for a new head coach and general manager. The team is currently targeting Guy Boucher or Dominique Ducharme to fill these positions.

Louis Deschênes of the Journal de Québec reports.

According to Deschênes, the Rimouski organization is betting more on Guy Boucher right now. Rimouski has already offered him both positions and is still waiting to hear from him.

It would be a return to his roots for Boucher, who was assistant coach of the Océanic from 2003 to 2006, just before taking up his first head coaching position in the QMJHL with Drummondville. Rimouski was his second QMJHL team, having held the assistant position with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies from 1997 to 2000.

To add to all this, Guy Boucher was born in a small municipality in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, an hour’s drive from Rimouski.

As explained above, the Océanic are also interested in Dominique Ducharme. The former head coach of the Canadiens has enjoyed great success in the QMJHL. He led the Mooseheads for five seasons before taking over the Voltigeurs’ bench for his last two. He then joined the Canadiens, becoming their head coach in 2021.

However, according to Louis Deschênes’ source, Ducharme is the Océanic’s number two choice.

Rimouski has been searching for a new head coach and general manager since Serge Beausoleil was fired at the end of the current season.

The Rimouski team is still pushing to be the host team for the 2025 Memorial Cup. They’ll need someone with a lot of experience to help them compete in that tournament.

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