Former Canadiens defenceman Patrice Brisebois is leaving his job as the Habs’ player development coach.
“It was Patrice’s decision to move on for family reasons,” said Donald Beauchamp, the team’s senior vice-president of communications and community relations.
The 43-year-old Brisebois, who has two young daughters, worked mainly with the Canadiens’ defence prospects. He often travelled to work with them on site, such as in Hamilton where the team’s farm club is located.
Brisebois played 18 seasons in the NHL. He spent 16 of them with the Habs, including the 1992-93 season when they last won the Stanley Cup.
He was named the Canadiens’ player development coach in June 2012, a month after Marc Bergevin took over as the Canadiens’ general manager. Former NHLer Martin Lapointe was hired at the same time as the team’s director of player development.
The Canadiens have yet to fill the vacancy left by the departure last month of assistant coach Gerard Gallant, who was named head coach of the Florida Panthers.
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