Montreal Canadiens to Name Marc Bergevin as New General Manager

Taylor ShireContributor IIIMay 2, 2012

Marc Bergevin
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The Montreal Canadiens are set to announce Marc Bergevin as their new general manager at a press conference on Wednesday, according to a team press release.

Bergevin, 46, played 1,191 games in the NHL as a defenseman. He played 20 seasons with eight different teams. In 2004, he retired and was named a pro scout for the Chicago Blackhawks shortly after.

In 2007, he was promoted to director of pro scouting, and in 2008 he became an assistant coach. One year later he was given the title of director of player personnel. And that was the year he won his first Stanley Cup, when the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers in six games.

Bergevin has a reputation for being a funny man who loves playing pranks. This attitude might be the exact opposite of the Canadiens' ex-general manager, the straight-laced Pierre Gauthier.

Bergevin is a guy who is known to have a lot of connections in the hockey world, but he will have to work on some things, like his salary cap knowledge. He has a keen eye for talent and is expected to upgrade the Habs organization on that front.

It is believed Bergevin edged out television hockey analyst Pierre McGuire for the job.

A man like Bergevin can learn. And learn he will. This is the new man in charge of the Montreal Canadiens, and fans can be proud of that.

More details are to be announced Wednesday afternoon.