Max-Hab-Fan Posted March 10, 2009 Report Share Posted March 10, 2009 Oh, sorry. I think Graeme already mentioned this, but I am glad that Gainey hasn't immediately named Carbonneau's replacement. He seems to be learning from his mistakes. Rather than jump the gun on naming a new head coach, he's evaluating the team first-hand from behind the bench and giving Lever a chance to audition for the job (speculation on my part, but not unreasonable speculation). Which hopefully means that Gainey will conduct a thorough job search for the next coach this time around. Lever has coached many of the younger Canadiens at the AHL and might be useful to Gainey to get the team motivated. He has been coaching for quite some time. "Lever was in his fourth year as head coach of the Bulldogs. He accumulated a record of 153-127-8-17 with Hamilton and captured the Calder Cup with the team in 2007 after having a record of 16 wins and six losses. Lever became Hamilton's longest-serving head coach on February 2nd, 2008 when he coached his 206th game to surpass Claude Julien. Before joining the Bulldogs, Lever was an assistant coach in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues for two seasons (2002-2004). He also spent 12 seasons in the Buffalo Sabres organization, beginning his coaching career as a Sabres assistant coach in 1987-1988. He then served as head coach of the AHL's Rochester Americans from 1990-1992, before returning to Buffalo as an assistant coach for the next 10 seasons (1992-2002). In his first season with Rochester as head coach, Lever earned the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL Coach of the Year. He also played in 1,030 NHL games accumulating 680 points (313 goals, 367 assists) along with 593 penalty minutes." Source is Hamilton Bulldogs site. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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