– Jean-Charles Lajoie (@JiCLajoie) July 11, 2023
Over the past few days, Dominique Ducharme has said that the phone was ringing for him, and that he’d probably get a job behind a bench in preparation for what’s to come.
And now JiC has tweeted that he’s leaving to work as an assistant for a Western NHL club.
Ducharme, whose contract with the CH expires in a year, is back on his feet. I’m happy for the guy, who was placed in impossible conditions with the Habs.
But in spite of it all, he took the club to the finals in 2021. That’s no mean feat.
Quickly, I’m thinking of the Arizona Coyotes. After all, André Tourigny undoubtedly knows Ducharme from their respective careers… and we know that the coach, who is at the end of his contract, is looking for an assistant.
“It’s not about having the bigger house. It’s about having happiness inside your house.”
Coyotes coach André Tourigny is entering the final season of his contract. I sat down with him on Thursday to discuss his future.https://t.co/98ozTGNyLv
– Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) July 7, 2023
Ducharme and Tourigny have coached against each other in the NHL and QMJHL. Both worked for the Halifax Mooseheads and Team Canada – but not necessarily at the same time. There are connections to be made.
Did Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin push for him in Colorado? Did Marc Bergevin submit his candidacy to his bosses in Los Angeles? I don’t know.
I can’t wait to see what he can do as an assistant again. Can he be the missing voice for the players alongside the head coach he’ll be supporting? That remains to be seen.
Let’s not forget that his good friend Joël Bouchard, with whom he made the jump to the Habs organization in 2018, also recently found himself a job as head coach of the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL.