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7/24/2006 11:21:12 AM

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens have signed general manager Bob Gainey to a contract extension through the 2009-2010 season.

"We are very happy that Bob Gainey has extended his association with the Montreal Canadiens leading to the franchise's Centennial Year in 2009-10," said team president Pierre Boivin. "Bob has put together a very strong hockey management team, and his leadership is a source of inspiration for our fans and all members of the Canadiens' organization."

Gainey also took the opportunity to announce some changes in the Canadiens' Hockey Department. Pierre Gauthier has been appointed Assistant General Manager, and will remain as head of professional scouting. Julien BriseBois becomes Vice-President of Hockey Operations. Michel Boucher and Denis Morel are joining the Canadiens' scouting group under Director of Player Recruitment and Development; Trevor Timmins will be covering the province of Quebec. Finally, Doug Gibson was hired as a professional scout, and will join Gordie Roberts who has been working as a pro scout since 2001.

Gainey became the 15th General Manager in the history of the Montreal Canadiens on June 2, 2003. The Canadiens participated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his two seasons as General Manager. He also took the Head Coaching duties for the second half of the 2005-06 season. Through a 16-year NHL career, all as a member of the Canadiens, Bob Gainey won the Stanley Cup on five occasions and added another Cup as General Manager of the Dallas Stars, in 1999.
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