QMJHL: Rioux leaves the Drakkar, Grégoire takes over

QMJHL: Rioux leaves the Drakkar, Grégoire takes over< /p> UPDATE DAY

BAIE-COMEAU – Baie-Comeau Drakkar general manager Pierre Rioux is leaving the ship and will be replaced by the team's current head coach Jean-François Grégoire.  

The last few hours have been very animated in the entourage of the North Shore club, which quickly turned around to fill this important position within its organization. 

Hired by the Drakkar in 2019, Pierre Rioux took over from Steve Ahern. The 60-year-old was in charge of hockey operations before recently communicating his decision to the team's senior management. 

“Pierre (Rioux) informed us just before the last repechage. He has received an offer from a National League club but, as of now, we don't yet know with which team. He still took part in the repechage, because no member of the hockey staff knew about it,” confided Julie Dubé, president of the board of directors of the Drakkar. 

The leader and his acolytes quickly began a process of replacement, which resulted, Tuesday evening, in the confirmation of Jean-François Grégoire (he acted as deputy general manager) in this position as well as that of the coach- chef. 

“Such a scenario is happening at several clubs in the league. Jean-François (Grégoire) responds very well to our criteria as well as to the values ​​of the team. He has a good track record and wants to continue the reconstruction process started two years ago. He is a support man and, in the context, our choice was obvious,” added the spokesperson. 

Jean-François Grégoire signed a new three-year agreement while like the other members of the hockey staff, who will be linked to the Baie-Comoise team until the end of the 2024-2025 season.