Churla, 47 years old, comes to the Canadiens after working as an amateur scout with the Dallas Stars organization for the last seven years where he worked the territories of Alberta, the USHL and WCHL college hockey. He will report to Trevor Timmins, the Director of Evaluation and Development for the Canadiens.
Churla becomes the 15th member of Timmins amateur scouting staff, one of the largest in the NHL.
A sixth-round pick of the Hartford Whalers at the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Churla spent 11 seasons in the NHL, enjoying stints with the Whalers, Flames, North Stars/Stars, Kings and Rangers.
Churla made the newspapers last year when he was involved in a Minneapolis road rage incident. Churla was charged with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct — two misdemeanors. He appeared in court and was released on $200 cash bond. The charges were later dropped after Churla made paid four thousand dollars restitution for damages to the complainant’s car.
In 488 games, Churla amassed 26 goals, 45 assists while also logging 2,301 penalty minutes. As those penalty totals will attest, Churla was a scrapper. His career included 151 fights.
Here he is in a prolonged 1992 fight with the Canadiens Shayne Corson.