Dave Chambers was named coach of the Quebec Nordiques today, replacing Michel Bergeron, who was fired last week.
The announcement at a news conference confirmed reports that Chambers, 50, would get the job of coaching the club that had the worst record in the NHL for two successive seasons.
"Dave is a winner--a very competent man," said new Nordiques' General Manager Pierre Page, the former head coach of the Minnesota North Stars. Chambers was his assistant last season.
Chambers previously coached at York University in Toronto and coached the national junior team to a world championship in 1988.
The hiring of Chambers is a break with the Nordiques' custom of hiring French-speaking head coaches and management personnel.
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that Mike Keenan will remain as coach of the team and will also assume the role of general manager, the fifth in the club's history.
Bob Pulford, who began his coaching career with the Kings and has been the Blackhawks' general manager, will become senior vice president of the team.
Keenan was named coach June 9, 1988, coming from the Philadelphia Flyers, and has posted a record of 68-74-18 in his two seasons with Chicago.