Canadiens sign assistant coach Luke Richardson to 3-year extension

The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a three-year contract extension with assistant coach Luke Richardson.

The Canadiens announced the move one day after promoting Dominique Ducharme to full head coach and signing him to a three-year contract extension. Ducharme had been serving as interim head coach after replacing the fired Claude Julien on Feb. 24.

The 52-year-old Richardson was instrumental in helping the Habs reach the Stanley Cup final, taking over the bench at a crucial moment when Ducharme was forced into isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Richardson made his head coaching debut in Montreal’s 3-2 overtime win over Vegas in Game 3 of the semifinals and remained in charge for the Canadiens’ six-game upset win over the Golden Knights.

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He oversaw Montreal’s first two games of the Cup final in Tampa, Fla., before Ducharme returned for Game 3 in Montreal. The Lightning ended up defeating the Habs in five games.

Richardson joined the Canadiens’ coaching staff as assistant coach in 2018, after four seasons as an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders.

He also led Canada to Spengler Cup titles in 2016 and 2017.