Stéphane Robidas will join the Sherbrooke Phoenix coaching staff after a single season at the helm of the Cantonniers de Magog in the U18 AAA Hockey Development League.
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He thus becomes part of the team of which he is a shareholder, in Estrie, where Stéphane Julien is head coach. He takes advantage of Jean-Christophe Poulin’s departure to fill the vacant post of assistant.
“I am very happy to have the chance to work with Stéphane Julien and Jonathan Deschênes! I’m excited for the opportunity to share my experiences and get involved in the development of Phoenix players, Robidas said in a press release. After leading the Cantonniers last season, it’s a great opportunity for me to find myself behind the bench of a QMJHL team.
“I am very happy to welcome Stéphane to my team. It’s an opportunity to have a coach with Stéphane’s experience and credibility, said Julien. His experience and past as a professional player, as well as his position as a development manager with the Maple Leafs, are an asset and will help us further in the development of our players.
If his coaching skills still need to be perfected, there is no doubt that Robidas knows the world of hockey well, having played 937 matches spread over 15 seasons in the National League. He primarily wore the uniforms of the Dallas Stars, but also those of the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, and Toronto Maple Leafs.