Martin St. Louis, Canadiens Head Coach, Takes Leave of Absence

The Montreal Canadiens announced that head coach Martin St. Louis is taking an indefinite leave of absence for family reasons, with assistant coach Trevor Letowski stepping in during his absence.

On Saturday, the Montreal Canadiens dropped a bit of news. Head coach Martin St. Louis? He’s stepping away for a bit. The team shared in a news release that it’s for family reasons. Meanwhile, assistant coach Trevor Letowski will be stepping up to the plate.

St. Louis isn’t new to the game. Nope, he’s been at it for three seasons with the Canadiens. That’s the team with more wins in NHL history than any other. Under his watch? The team’s record stands at 70-94-21 over 185 games. He took the helm mid-season back in 2021-22, after the Canadiens and Dominique Ducharme went their separate ways.

Now, about this leave of absence. It’s indefinite, so who knows when St. Louis will be back. The timing’s a bit tricky, too. The Canadiens are in the middle of their longest road trip this year. They won’t be back at the Bell Centre until March 28, for a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

As for Letowski, this is somewhat familiar territory, but also not. He’s stepping into St. Louis’s shoes with no prior experience as an NHL head coach. That said, he’s been an assistant coach with the Canadiens for three seasons. Before that? He was calling the shots for the Windsor Spitfires and the Sarnia Sting in the Ontario Hockey League.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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