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Randy Cunneyworth
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Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
180 lb (82 kg)
Teams Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins
Winnipeg Jets
Hartford Whalers
Chicago Blackhawks
Ottawa Senators
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born May 10 1961 (1961-05-10) (age 55),
Etobicoke, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 167th overall, 1980
Buffalo Sabres
Pro Career 1981 – 2000


Randy William Cunneyworth (born May 10, 1961 in Etobicoke, Ontario) was a long-standing professional hockey player in the NHL, former Rochester Americans head coach, former assistant coach for the Atlanta Thrashers, and current head coach of the Montreal Canadiens.

Playing careerEdit

Randy started out his hockey career in the OHL as an Ottawa 67's player. In only his second year in the OHL, Randy tallied up 128 points in only 67-games. He was drafted in the 8th round by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, but played only 1-game in his initial year. Randy was toggled between the Rochester Americans of the AHL (Buffalo Sabres' farm team) on-and-off for several seasons before getting an honest chance as a full-time player with the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.

Randy gained a reputation for being a tough player who could hit, take a hit, and still win the game. He played several seasons as Captain of the NHL's Ottawa Senators, before returning to the Buffalo Sabres Organization, playing 17 games, 3 of which in the Stanley Cup Finals versus the Dallas Stars. During the 98–99 season he also played most of the season with the AHL's Rochester Americans where he played 2-seasons before retiring as a professional hockey player, due to a torn ACL. All in all, Randy scored 196 goals and 232 assists in 911 career NHL games. He also managed to tally 1,341 penalty minutes.

Coaching careerEdit

During his final year as a player, he acted as a player coach/assistant coach for the Rochester Americans during the 1999–2000 season before being given full-time duty the following season. He coached the team for eight years as the full-time head coach with a record of 306-267-67.

On July 24, 2008, Cunneyworth accepted an assistant coaching position with the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers, along with former Chicago Wolves assistant Todd Nelson.

On April 14, 2010, Cunneyworth was fired, along with the rest of the Thrashers' coaching staff.

On July 20, 2010, he was hired by the Montreal Canadiens as the head coach for the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Canadiens chose Randy Ladouceur as his assistant.

On December 17, 2011, he was named interim head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, replacing Jacques Martin. Cunneyworth's promotion has been the subject of some controversy, owing to the fact that he doesn't speak French. The last full-time Canadiens coach who didn't speak French at all was Al MacNeil in 1971. For instance, Quebec Culture Minister Christine St-Pierre said she expected the Canadiens to rectify the situation as soon as possible, and several nationalist groups have called for a boycott of Molson products. In response, Canadiens owner Geoff Molson promised that Cunneyworth's permanent replacement must be bilingual. Cunneyworth himself has promised to learn the language during the season.[1][2]


Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1979–80 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 63 16 25 41 145 -- -- -- -- --
1980–81 Ottawa 67's OHL 67 54 74 128 240 -- -- -- -- --
1980–81 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 1 1 2 -- -- -- -- --
1980–81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
1981–82 Rochester Americans AHL 57 12 15 27 86 9 4 0 4 30
1981–82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 20 2 4 6 47 -- -- -- -- --
1982–83 Rochester Americans AHL 78 23 33 56 111 16 4 4 8 35
1983–84 Rochester Americans AHL 65 18 17 35 85 17 5 5 10 55
1984–85 Rochester Americans AHL 72 30 38 68 148 5 2 1 3 16
1985–86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 15 30 45 74 -- -- -- -- --
1986–87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 26 27 53 142 -- -- -- -- --
1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 35 39 74 141 -- -- -- -- --
1988–89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 25 19 44 156 11 3 5 8 26
1989–90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 28 5 6 11 34 -- -- -- -- --
1989–90 Hartford Whalers NHL 43 9 9 18 41 4 0 0 0 2
1990–91 Springfield Indians AHL 2 0 0 0 5 -- -- -- -- --
1990–91 Hartford Whalers NHL 32 9 5 14 49 1 0 0 0 0
1991–92 Hartford Whalers NHL 39 7 10 17 71 7 3 0 3 9
1992–93 Hartford Whalers NHL 39 5 4 9 63 -- -- -- -- --
1993–94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 63 9 8 17 87 -- -- -- -- --
1993–94 Ottawa Senators NHL 16 4 3 7 13 6 0 0 0 8
1994–95 Ottawa Senators NHL 48 5 5 10 68 -- -- -- -- --
1995–96 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 17 19 36 130 -- -- -- -- --
1996–97 Ottawa Senators NHL 76 12 24 36 99 7 1 1 2 10
1997–98 Ottawa Senators NHL 71 2 11 13 63 6 0 1 1 6
1998–99 Rochester Americans AHL 52 10 18 28 55 20 3 14 17 58
1998–99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Rochester Americans AHL 52 8 16 24 81 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 866 189 225 414 1280 45 7 7 14 61
OHA totals 130 70 99 169 385 -- -- -- -- --
AHL totals 273 166 104 270 432 47 15 10 25 136


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Preceded by
Brad Shaw
Gord Dineen
Ottawa Senators captains
1995-98
Succeeded by
Alexei Yashin

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