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HABS REPORTEDLY GOING TO BRING BACK A FAMILIAR FACE

The Montreal Canadiens made some cuts to its front office this week amid cost concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, in the wake of those cuts is a rumour that the team is looking to bring back a very familiar face within the next year.

While writing an article talking about those cuts - which included Dominick Saillant and François Marchand in the Canadiens' Communications Department - reporter Rejean Tremblay mentions that Montreal is looking to bring back Vincent Damphousse as the team's President. Damphousse played parts of seven seasons with the Canadiens, served as the team's captain and won a Cup with the Habs in 1993. He was born in Montreal and still lives there while serving as a hockey analyst with the French-language sports network RDS.

"And in a year, we should meet up with Geoff Molson, president of the board of directors, France Margaret Bélanger, president of Groupe CH, and Vincent Damphousse, president of the Canadiens Hockey Club," said Tremblay in the very last line of his article.



Whether Tremblay has some inside information or is simply making a guess is not known. The move would make some sense, given that Damphousse is a native of Montreal and has a deep history with the team. The position, should it come to fruition, would be the same type of role that Brendan Shanahan serves in with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Damphousse was originally drafted by Toronto and played parts of five seasons there before being dealt to the Edmonton Oilers in 1991. In 1992, the Oilers traded him to his hometown team in exchange for Shayne Corson, Brent Gilchrist and Vladimir Vujtek. Damphousse had his best NHL season in Montreal, recording 39 goals and 97 points in 1992-93, the last year the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup.

TIM TUCKER
JUNE 3, 2020  (9H27)
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