Assistant coach Clement Jodoin has decided to leave the Montreal Canadiens. The 65-year-old advised the club’s management that “he wanted to pursue other avenues after a long association with the Canadian.”
Marc Bergevin, Director General, made the announcement by press release.
Jodoin spent the last five campaigns in the position of Assistant to Montreal, a position he had held for another five years from 1997 to 2001, as well as during the 2002-03 season. He also worked for the recruitment and team development staff between 2000 and 2002.
He also led the American league club, the Hamilton Bulldogs, for a season, in 2011-12.
Jodoin’s coaching career spanned more than 30 years. He took his first steps at the head of the Patriotes of the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières in 1983-84 and soon tasted the NHL, obtaining a Pittsburgh Penguins assistant position in 1987- 88.
Jodoin also led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he was named Coach of the Year twice and the same honor in the Canadian Hockey League on one occasion. In 2008, he was selected to serve as an assistant to Team Canada junior in the World Junior Championship, where he won a gold medal.
He also worked in the organization of the Quebec Nordiques from 1990 to 1994, driving the Citadels of Halifax from 1990 to 1992 before becoming assistant coach with the Nordiques from 1992 to 1994.