PRESS RELEASE (06/20/2006)
MONTREAL – Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Tuesday the appointment of Kirk Muller as Assistant Coach. The addition of Muller completes the Canadiens’ coaching staff composed of Head Coach Guy Carbonneau, and assistants Doug Jarvis and Roland Melanson.
"Kirk Muller brings a great deal of experience to our organization. He is very excited of joining our coaching staff. As a player, Kirk exemplified determination and leadership, and showed excellent offensive skills. I have no doubt that these qualities will contribute to the success of our club," said Carbonneau.
Muller 40, was the Head Coach of the Queen’s University Golden Gaels of the Ontario University Athletics in 2005-06. The team posted a 8-13-1-2 record under his guidance.
Selected second overall (behind Mario Lemieux) by New Jersey in 1984, Muller played 19 seasons in the NHL. The Kingston native played in 1,349 regular season games, registering 959 points (357 goals, 602 assists) and 1,223 penalty minutes. He added 69 points in 127 playoff games (33 goals, 36 assists).
On September 20, 1991, Muller was acquired by the Canadiens from New Jersey, along with goaltender Roland Melanson, in return for Stéphane Richer and Tom Chorske. He spent four seasons with the Canadiens from 1991 to 1995 during which he recorded 247 points in 267 games (104 goals, 143 assists). He was a member of the 1993 Stanley Cup Championsip team, following a career high 94-point season. He was named the Canadiens captain during the 1994-95 season. Muller was traded to the New York Islanders on April 5, 1995 along with Mathieu Schneider and Craig Darby, in return for Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov. He also reached the Cup finals as a member of the Dallas Stars in 2000.
At the international level, Muller was a member of the Canadian National Team at the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo, the 1984 World Junior Championships, as well as the IIHF World Championships in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1989.
Muller officially announced his retirement as a player on September 2, 2003.