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3 Takeaways From Bergevin's End-of-Season Media Availability – The Hockey Writers

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Two days removed from losing the Stanley Cup Final to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games, players and management of the Montreal Canadiens held their annual exit meetings and spoke with the media on Friday before heading home for the summer.

As he gears up for a hectic few weeks of offseason business, general manager Marc Bergevin addressed what’s to come for the team and most importantly, his own future with the club. Here are three takeaways from his end-of-season media availability.

Will Bergevin Sign an Extension?

With one year remaining on his current contract, it’s understandable that questions about Bergevin’s future were raised, but his answers didn’t provide any clarity on the situation and only fuelled the speculation surrounding him.

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“I have one more year on my contract, and I will honour that,” Bergevin said when asked if he wanted to continue in his role.

This may just be a negotiating tactic on his part, but it certainly doesn’t help stop the rumors even though it has been reported that negotiations have started between Bergevin and owner Geoff Molson. Still, the 55-year-old GM admitted that this season full of challenges was tough on him, especially mentally.  After nine years of doing one of the toughest jobs in sports, the wear and tear are starting to show.

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Marc Bergevin has one year remaining on his contract with the Canadiens. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

In his latest “31 Thoughts” column, Elliotte Friedman wondered whether Bergevin and Molson will discuss a new front office structure that sees Bergevin being promoted to a higher position. This would ease some of the day-to-day burdens that being the GM carries and keep him with the Canadiens.  

Joël Bouchard’s Departure

Friday’s end-of-season media availability wasn’t even the biggest Habs-related news of the day. The Anaheim Ducks announced that Joël Bouchard will be the new head coach of the San Diego Gulls, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate. Bouchard spent three years as the bench boss of the Laval Rocket in the AHL and captured the Canadian Division title on the strength of an impressive 23-9-4 record.

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Bergevin explained that Bouchard, whose contract expired on July 1, was offered to either continue as head coach of the Rocket or join Dominique Ducharme’s staff as an assistant with the Canadiens. In the end, it was Bouchard who decided to leave the organization.

Joel Bouchard
After three years with the Laval Rocket, Joël Bouchard is the new head coach of the San Diego Gulls.
(Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

“He knew that we were interested in him. It wasn’t a case of someone not doing their job. It’s just that Joël decided to go in another direction,” Bergevin said. “We’re never going to hold anyone back. He had a job in Laval or here with the Montreal Canadiens.”

Bouchard’s departure is a significant loss for the Habs and it makes Bergevin’s offseason to-do list even longer as he begins the search for a replacement. Still, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Bouchard return the Habs at some point down the road.

Phillip Danault’s Future in Montreal

One of Bergevin’s biggest offseason priorities will be to retain the services of pending unrestricted free agent Phillip Danault.

“You don’t win without players like Phil Danault. He’s had phenomenal playoffs. He’s a lot like my younger brother Jordan. You win with players like Phil Danault.”
– Eric Staal

The 28-year-old enjoyed a stellar postseason and proved his value to the Canadiens as a premier shutdown centre in the NHL. Replacing him would be no easy task if he is lured by a lucrative offer on the open market.

 “We love Phil Danault. I think he even mentioned that we offered him a contract in September. He’s still in the plans. The next few weeks will decide Phil’s future, but we’d definitely like to keep him in Montreal,” Bergevin said.

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Phillip Danault, Montreal Canadiens (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Perhaps a run to the Stanley Cup Final will entice Danault to stay with his hometown team and the understanding that a team needs a lot of good centres to win. Not to mention that he plays alongside one of the Habs’ best wingers in Brendan Gallagher.   

No doubt all eyes will once again be on Bergevin during a busy and stressful July as he tries to set his team up for another deep playoff run in 2021-22, all while continuing to strengthen the Canadiens for years to come and contemplating his future with the franchise.

Melissa has been covering the Montreal Canadiens for The Hockey Writers since March of 2020. She is also THW’s Social Media Community Manager and a co-host of Chicks & Sticks, a weekly show produced by THW. In 2006, she spearheaded the social media initiatives for Tennis Canada and Rogers Cup and was the primary person responsible for their upkeep for over 10 years. She has written articles for multiple tennis websites and interviewed the likes of Roger Federer and Serena Williams. While her career in sports started in tennis, her first love has always been hockey. She has a journalism degree from Concordia University.

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As pandemic measures are lifted, social media use has declined with the exception of TikTok – The Conversation Indonesia

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In September, the Wall Street Journal reported that Instagram is faltering in its bid to keep up with TikTok, the wildly popular Chinese-owned video-sharing app.

But it is not just Instagram fretting over TikTok’s meteoric rise — a Google exec raised similar concerns about how TikTok was drawing younger users away from Google’s core services such as Search and Maps.

TiKTok’s rise is confirmed by data from our new nation-wide, census-balanced online survey, The State of Social Media in Canada 2022, which surveyed 1,500 Canadian adults over the age of 18 between May 12 and 31, 2022.

The rise of TikTok

Our report findings show that Canadians’ use of social media has declined from its early pandemic peak; however, Canada continues to be one of the most connected countries in the world — 94 per cent of online adults use at least one social media platform.

We found that TikTok had the largest gain (an increase of 11 per cent) in the number of Canadian adults who reported having an account on the platform in 2022, compared to data we collected in 2020.

While the number of Canadians on TikTok is still relatively small (26 per cent), those who do use the platform visit it regularly (65 per cent daily). Like in the United States, TikTok adoption in Canada largely skews towards younger age groups, as 76 per cent of those aged 18–24 reported having an account on the platform, while the fastest growing demographic on the platform are those who are between 25 and 34 years old (54 per cent).

These findings suggest that TikTok’s appeal has grown since 2020, when we last conducted this survey, and that TikTok is no longer just an app for short videos.

Other studies have shown that young people are now using TikTok as one of the primary ways to get news and that some have even replaced Google Search with TikTok.

Our findings from earlier in the summer support this: 51 per cent of Canadian TikTok users reported using the app to follow news on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Canadian internet users are turning to TikTok for news and information in greater numbers.
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After the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in some changes in where and how often Canadians are spending their time on social media. After living through two years of COVID-19 restrictions, more Canadians are re-evaluating the role of social media in their lives.

In particular, Canadians are spending less time on social media now that most pandemic restrictions have been lifted. In Canada, Facebook has the highest percentage of daily users at 70 per cent, but this dropped from a previous high of 77 per cent daily users in 2020.

TikTok is the only platform showing a slight two per cent increase in the percentage of daily users. In contrast, Reddit has the largest drop — 14 per cent — of daily users.

Fewer Canadians reported having an account on popular social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Platforms such as Facebook, messaging apps and YouTube still dominate in terms of the number of users, but newer platforms — like TikTok — and more niche platforms — like the livestreaming service Twitch — are gaining ground.

The percentage of Canadians who reported using LinkedIn has dropped by seven per cent since 2020. The rate of new users joining Facebook and Pinterest has also declined, each dropping by three per cent and four per cent since 2020 respectively.

An unfolding story

There’s little doubt that TikTok has been a disrupting force on the social media landscape. It has forced social media stalwarts like Facebook and Google to make radical changes to their platform in order to keep up.

But for TikTok to continue to grow, it will need to convince skeptics that it is not part of the Chinese state apparatus; however, in the current geopolitical climate, that could be a very tall order.

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Published: September 23, 2022

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Orca Book Publishers is a successful, growing, independent Canadian children’s book publisher. With over 1200 active titles in print and digital formats and 90 new titles/year, we have a vibrant, well-respected publishing program. We are looking for a professional, motivated person to join our marketing team. The ideal candidate will bring a passion for books, strong organizational skills and a willingness to work with an amazing team. Our preference is for someone who can work in in our office in Victoria, BC, although we will consider an applicant from outside of Victoria.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Overview: Promote Orca titles, authors and brand online through a cohesive and organized presence across newsletters, social media platforms and blog. Create and manage campaigns collaboratively with the marketing and sales teams, including writing online and print copy for a variety of audiences.

  • Manage a comprehensive newsletter schedule with multiple content creators and audiences, such as authors, booksellers, teachers, librarians and wholesalers.
  • Write and lay out newsletter content in collaboration with the marketing and sales teams. Deploy and track newsletters according to the schedule.
  • Create and schedule for Orca’s social media accounts, including maintaining a calendar of all posts and ongoing campaigns.
  • Monitor social media channels to engage with the public and respond to questions. Support our authors’ social media presences and promote their events.
  • Seek out ways to optimize our online engagement via creative content, targeted ads and industry partnerships. Administer a monthly social media advertising budget. Build and maintain a list of influencer contacts.
  • Provide regular reporting and analysis on social media and newsletter campaigns.
  • Work with the design team to create assets for newsletters, social media and other marketing promotional materials.
  • Craft and revise press releases, pitches, letters, taglines and other marketing copy as needed, including working on metadata and book cover copy.
  • Maintain a list of media contacts and disseminate press releases.
  • Oversee the Orca blog: create content, write posts, interview authors and promote on social media.
  • Produce and edit promotional video content: author interviews, book trailers and other videos as needed. Manage Orca’s YouTube channel.
  • Attend and assist in the execution of local Orca events.

Qualifications:

  • Background and education in Writing, Communications, English, Journalism, Marketing and/or Publishing. Publicity experience is an asset.
  • Exceptional writing skills; ability to modify writing tone to the audience. Copyediting and proofreading skills are an asset.
  • Expert knowledge of contemporary social media, especially Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, Pinterest and LinkedIn. Ability to understand the different audiences for each. Experience with social media advertising is a plus.
  • Highly efficient and organized; proven leadership and project-tracking skills along with the ability to multi-task and prioritize work across many projects at once.
  • Keen interest in the Canadian children’s book publishing industry.
  • Ability to work independently, with excellent time-management skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to collaborate with a team and contribute to a supportive environment.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, Google Drive and other general office software.
  • Experience with project management software like Asana, social media management software like Hootsuite, or email programs like Constant Contact or MailChimp is an asset.
  • Understanding of basic design principles with an eye for beautiful, effective and eye-catching design. Ability to create visual content for social media using software like Canva is an asset.
  • Enjoy working with people and other animals in an office environment.

Orca Book Publishers is an inclusive employer with a passion for books that matter. We are strongly committed to diversity within our community and especially welcome applicants who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

We are also committed to ensuring that young readers see themselves reflected in the books they read. We aim to produce books that illuminate the experiences of people of all ethnicities, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQ+. We have a particular interest in publishing books that celebrate the lives of Indigenous people. Our fiction includes characters from diverse backgrounds and unique family structures, and our global nonfiction celebrates the variety of ways people live and educates readers about important issues. Providing young people with exposure to diversity and the opportunity for social change through reading creates a more compassionate world. We encourage applicants to learn more about us at www.orcabook.com.

We strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact jobs@orcabook.com. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

Please send resume and cover letter by October 7, 2022, to jobs@orcabook.com. We thank all who apply; only those candidates who are shortlisted will be contacted.

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