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Carl Vaillancourt
July 9, 2024  (11:56 PM)
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The tandem of Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton have just confirmed an interesting hire for the Montreal Canadiens.

Several rumors had circulated about the hiring of the new member of the organization last month, but now it's official.
Former Arizona State University head coach Albie O'Connell is back with the Montreal Canadiens organization. He now holds the position of chief scout for players based in North America.
"Another Boston connection in the Canadiens' hockey operations department: Albie O'Connell is listed as chief scout for North America. He was a scout for the Canadiens in 2022-2023 but was primarily a coach in the NCAA at Northeastern, Harvard, and Boston University."

- Andrew Zadarnowski

This is quite a vote of confidence for the former Arizona State University coach, considering that North America is a talent hotbed each year with the USHL, NCAA, and the three Canadian junior leagues (OHL, WHL, and QMJHL).

Albie O'Connell is a familiar face with the Canadiens and is back in the organization

We remember that he held the position of scout for the Montreal Canadiens in 2022-2023 after spending eight years in the prestigious Boston University program.
He is therefore extremely familiar with the NCAA.
The rumor that circulated a month ago has now been confirmed.
We learned that O'Connell had suddenly left his head coach position at Arizona State to seize a new opportunity in the Bettman circuit.
This opportunity was indeed with the Montreal Canadiens, as Arpon Basu indicated:
Will this positively affect the ranking of American players in the upcoming drafts? It's certainly possible! At the same time, if the Canadiens have another difficult season, they could potentially land Hagens, one of the top prospects in the draft.
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