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The Bruins filled their assistant coaching void on Wednesday, hiring former Canadiens assistant Doug Jarvis to be the new “eye in the sky.” Jarvis will watch all of the team’s games from up in the press box, as assistant coach Doug Houda has done for the past three seasons. Houda has been asked to move behind the bench for the upcoming season, filling the role that Craig Ramsey held. Ramsey was hired as the head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers earlier this off-season.
Jarvis has work ethic and winning in his blood. He enjoyed a very successful 13-year playing career from 1975 to 1987, winning four consecutive Stanley Cups with Montreal from 1976 to 1979. He is the NHL’s version of Cal Ripken Jr., as he currently holds the league record for consecutive games played at 964 straight, never having missed a game throughout his entire NHL stint. During his career, he totaled 139 goals and 264 assists. Like Ramsey, Jarvis has a Frank J. Selke Trophy to his credit, winning the award for the NHL’s best defensive forward back in 1984 (Ramsey won his in 1985). He also was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy in 1987, which goes to the player who “exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the sport of hockey.”
The 55-year-old Jarvis went straight into coaching after his playing career was through, serving as an assistant coach with the Stars from 1988 to 2002, sticking with the franchise during their move from Minnesota to Dallas. There, he earned his fifth career Cup win and first as a coach, when the Stars went all the way in 1999. Since then, he has coached in the Montreal organization, first as head coach of their AHL affiliate in Hamilton, Ontario, then moving up the ranks to assistant coach in Montreal from 2005 to 2009. He was let go after the ’08-’09 season when the Habs hired Jacques Martin as head coach. Jarvis was out of hockey all of last season.
On top of his in-game duties, observing and relaying information from the press box down to the bench and the locker room between periods, Jarvis will also handle a good amount of the pre-scouting that goes into game planning for upcoming opponents. Houda will join Claude Julien and Geoff Ward on the bench at ice level, with Houda focusing primarily on the defensemen and penalty-kill units.