Marc Bergevin was named senior advisor to Los Angeles Kings general manager Rob Blake on Sunday.
Bergevin was fired from his role as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens on November 28. He was the sole chief of hockey operations since he was appointed general manager on May 2, 2012. Jeff Gordon was hired as executive vice president of hockey operations for the Canadiens on the same day. .
“I enjoyed my time away from home, but I’m excited to join the LA Kings and become an active member in helping the team achieve their goals,” said Bergevin. “I have a lot of respect for (president) Luc (Robitaille), Rob, and the staff they have in place and it is an honor to provide my contribution to this much appreciated group.”
The Canadiens were 6-15-2 when they fired Bergevin a season after reaching the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 1993 and losing the top seven series to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games. The 56-year-old was 344-265-81 in Montreal, making the Stanley Cup playoffs six times in nine full seasons as general manager.
“Marc brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our hockey operations staff and will be a valuable addition to our group,” said Blake. “We look forward to his contributions.”
As a defenseman, Bergevin scored 181 points (36 goals, 145 assists) in 1,191 regular season NHL games for the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Hartford Whalers, Lightning, Red Wings of Detroit, the St. Louis Blues, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Vancouver Canucks. He scored nine points (three goals, nine assists) in 80 playoff games.
The Kings (17-13-5) are fourth in the Pacific Division, one point behind the third-placed Calgary Flames. They face the New York Rangers at Crypto.com Arena on Monday (10:30 p.m. ET; SN, BSW, MSG +, ESPN +, NHL LIVE).