Martin St-Louis and Michel Therrien
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Troubling Departure of Martin St-Louis: Shock Revelation from Former Canadiens Coach Michel Therrien

Published March 21, 2024 at 1:47 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

Reaching the National Hockey League is prestigious; it's a childhood dream for every hockey player. It's also the case for coaches, referees, and many others.

However, achieving this prestige requires significant sacrifices, and sometimes difficult decisions must be made. Former Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien knows what he's talking about.

In a recent piece, Therrien mentions that he has experienced what St-Louis is going through right now. His testimony sends shivers down the spine.

"St-Louis left his wife and children behind to become coach of the Canadiens. I know firsthand that this is not an easy situation to live with."


"It's a privilege to coach in the National Hockey League, but it also comes with many sacrifices. It means that you have to miss out on a lot of things, and your family has to adapt to allow you to achieve your dream." - Michel Therrien

Indeed, the former coach and now analyst for TVA Sports had to leave the Penguins in 2007 to be by his father's bedside, who was nearing the end of his life. Despite this, he wondered if he was doing the right thing.

"I was torn before making this decision. I wondered if it was the right thing to do. In hindsight, I'm glad I chose to go see him."

- Michel Therrien

It's important never to forget that they are human beings first and foremost. Martin made the right decision, just as Michel did in 2007. The good news is that no one in the hockey world will judge these kinds of decisions; on the contrary, teams will support them 100%.


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