In his introductory news conference as the new executive vice president of hockey operations Friday morning, Jeff Gorton confirmed that Dominique Ducharme will continue as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

The Canadiens have struggled so far this season, sitting second-last in the Atlantic Division with a 6-17-2 record through 25 games. 

Ducharme, who replaced Claude Julien midway through the 2020-21 campaign, coached the Canadiens to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1993 last season and signed a three-year contract extension in July.