Patrice Brisebois, who left his job as a player-development coach with the Canadiens last week, spoke with The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs Tuesday evening to explain his decision, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family – wife Michèle and preteen daughters Alexandra and Patricia-Rose (photo above).

“For sure, it was a big decision (to leave) and I’m fine with it, very comfortable with it,” Brisebois told Stubbs. “I think I made the right choice. It was a family decision.

“I really enjoyed my two years (as a player-development coach). I’ll always be proud to work for the Montreal Canadiens and as an ex-hockey player, it’s always something special to work for the Canadiens.

“I learned a lot the last two years and I think I’m a better hockey man now.”

Brisebois added about the young Canadiens prospects he worked with: “I always told my kids, ‘Talent isn’t enough. If you want to make it, it’s the work ethic.’ They all know that and they’re all working hard.”