Dominique Ducharme has finally been fired!

Martin St-Louis has been named interim head coach.

UPDATED 5 p.m. With the Montreal Canadiens in the midst of the most abysmal season ever, Habs head coach Dominique Ducharme has finally been fired. This follows months of growing criticism from hockey analysts (and occasionally even the players) over innumerable bad calls that even amateur armchair critics could easily sniff out. Ducharme coasted into a three-year contract extension following the team’s amazing run through the Stanley Cup Finals last season.

“We would like to sincerely thank Dominique for his work and contributions to the Montreal Canadiens organization. At this point in the season, we felt it was in the best interest of the club to make a change.”

—Kent Hughes, Montreal Canadiens GM

Dominique Ducharme probably does not deserve this much credit for getting to the Finals.

It was announced shortly before 5 p.m. that the Habs have chosen Martin St-Louis to be interim head coach.

The team’s assistant coaches are Alex Burrows, Éric Gravel, Mario Leblanc, Trevor Letowski, Éric Raymond and Luke Richardson. The latter spoke to the media in a rare assistant-coach press conference this morning, before the news of Ducharme’s firing broke this afternoon.

This article was originally published at 3:38 p.m. and updated at 5 p.m.

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