Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Christian LaRue Is Back In The Q

Christian LaRue is returning to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Quebec Remparts announced today that LaRue will join the club as an assistant coach for the upcoming season. According le Journal de Quebec, the move has been rumoured for a while.

LaRue was the first head coach in the history of the Saint John Sea Dogs franchise, guiding the expansion team to a woeful 15-47-2-6 record and were one of only two teams to miss the playoffs.

LaRue was fired just after the 2005-06 QMJHL regular season came to a close.

"It's tough when you let someone go who has as much passion for the game as Chris La Rue," said then Sea Dogs general manager Bob "Tipper" LeBlanc in a team release on March 20, 2006. "However, I'm convinced this is the right direction for our hockey club."

"With the way we played, particularly in the second half of the season, it was evident the message wasn't getting across to the players. Quite simply, we just didn't see enough improvement in certain areas with our hockey club."

Before joining the Sea Dogs, LaRue spent several seasons behind the Moncton Wildcats’ bench. Prior to the Wildcats he worked with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

It’s been an eventful off-season for former Sea Dogs coaches. Jacques Beaulieu is now the head coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting and Jim Midgley joined the Halifax Mooseheads as an assistant coach.

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