AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs name new head coach Guy Boucher

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HAMILTON, Ont. - Guy Boucher has been named the new head coach of the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.

Boucher is coming off a successful run last season as coach of the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs. He led the club to their best season in franchise history (54 wins, 112 points) and a berth in the Memorial Cup.

Prior to his tenure in Drummondville, Boucher was an assistant coach with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the Rimouski Oceanic.

The 37-year old Boucher also enjoyed success at the international level, working as an assistant coach with Canada's men's under-18 team on three separate occasions, most recently at the 2008 world under-18 championship where the squad won gold.

Earlier this month, Bulldogs coach Don Lever and his assistant Ron Wilson were fired by the Montreal Canadiens, the Bulldogs' parent club.

The moves are the latest in a series of changes within Montreal organization. Jacques Martin was named the Canadiens new head coach earlier this month and owner George Gillett reached an agreement in principle recently to sell the team to the Molson family.

The Bulldogs finished second last season in the North Division, but lost to the Griffins in a six-game divisional semifinal.



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