The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles unveiled Mario Durocher as their new head coach and general manager yesterday.
The 44-year-old Durocher, who has been an assistant coach with the Screaming Eagles for the past two seasons, has inked a two-year contract and replaces Pascal Vincent, who split town last week to sign on with the Montreal Junior.
Durocher had previously been head coach of three other Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams — the Victoriaville Tigres, the Sherbrooke/Lewiston franchise and the Bathurst Titan.
This will be his first shot as a GM.
“I know everything about my job as head coach,” Durocher said. “I got a little bit of a challenge for GM. But for me, it’s going to be a good challenge. I always worked a lot with my GM when I was head coach and I was pretty close with (Pascal) too.”
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Durocher said he needs to bring the team’s 13 rookies from last season’s squad — which went a surprising 40-24-3-3 — “to the next level” in their second season of play.
“I want a good defensive game, quick transition,” added Durocher. “Discipline on and off the ice is quite important. I think the team’s in good shape. As head coach, I’m not afraid, I can do the job with anybody in that league.”