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Islanders add Desrosiers to coaching staff

Benoit Desrosiers Benoit Desrosiers - Dominic Charette/Olympiques

The New York Islanders have hired Benoit Desrosiers as an assistant coach, joining head coach Patrick Roy and assistants Doug Houda and John MacLean behind the bench. 

The 35-year-old Desrosiers was in his first season as the Gatineau Olympiques head coach in the QMJHL before departing the team on Jan. 30. He had spent the past six seasons working under Roy with the Quebec Remparts.

Roy and Desrosiers were behind the bench when the Remparts won the 2023 Memorial Cup.

Roy was hired as head coach on Jan. 20, replacing Lane Lambert. This is Roy's first time back behind an NHL bench since leaving the Colorado Avalanche in August 2016. 

The Islanders are third in the wild card race in the Eastern Conference.