Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey today announced that goaltending coach Pierre Groulx and assistant coach Perry Pearn have been added to the team's coaching staff to work alongside head coach Jacques Martin. These nominations complete the Canadiens' coaching staff which also includes returning assistant coach Kirk Muller.
Pierre Groulx spent the past four seasons with the Florida Panthers organization under head coach and general manager Jacques Martin, as well as Peter DeBoer during the 2008-09 season. In his first two seasons with the Panthers, Groulx worked primarily as video coach before adding the duties of assistant/goaltending coach in 2007-08.
Groulx began his career at the professional level in Ottawa where he spent five seasons as the Senators video coach. Groulx was also a member of the coaching staff for Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship in Austria in April 2005.
Perry Pearn is a career coach with a long track record at the amateur, international and professional levels. Pearn has spent the better part of the last five seasons with the New York Rangers as an assistant coach. Prior to joining the Rangers, he had worked as an assistant to Jacques Martin with the Ottawa Senators from 1996 to 2004.
Pearn's NHL career got underway in 1995-96 as an assistant to Terry Simpson with the Winnipeg Jets, after serving in various capacities for almost two decades at the university level, in the WHL and with Hockey Canada.