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MONTREAL -- The Montreal Alouettes feel theyve found the leader to make them as strong in business as they are on the football field. The two-time defending Grey Cup champions announced Wednesday former Montreal Canadiens vice-president of marketing Ray Lalonde will be their new president and chief executive officer. The Trois-Rivieres, Que. native replaces Larry Smith, who stepped down in November to go into politics. Lalonde did much in his 10 years with the Canadiens to help turn them into a money-making machine and hopes to use some of the same principles to boost the Alouettes. That includes using current and former players, especially the French-speaking ones in their market, to reach the community "With the Canadiens, we had an extraordinary brand and a unique opportunity to work on the centennial of a team," the former McGill University wide receiver said. "In terms of performance on the field, its hard to beat the Alouettes over the last 12 years. "Thats what well build on." Owner Robert Wetenhall said a "significant number" of candidates were considered before settling on Lalonde, who has more than 20 years experience in football, basketball and hockey. Talks began in early February with Lalonde, who is considered a sharp salesman with strong relations with the Quebec business community. "In the end, Ray Lalonde simply had the finest background, the finest experience in major sports, not just football," said Wetenhall at a packed news conference attended by several players. "He just has a wealth of experience and his recent success down at the Bell Centre made him the favourite candidate." His first tasks likely will be to find buyers for some of the blank advertising space at Percival Molson Stadium and fill the luxury boxes that were added when the facility was expanded by 5,000 seats to 25,000 last year. He would surely win many friends among the players and coaches if he also finds them a proper training centre. It is remarkable that Montreal has won championships while having to waste part of the few hours the coaches have with the players each day riding a bus across town to various practice fields. The Canadiens had little trouble finding investors and sponsors to build a spectacular training complex in suburban Brossard, Que., but thats a challenge for a lower-profile CFL club. "I would qualify it as urgent," he said. "Its not do-or-die for tomorrow, but I believe that a leading franchise in sports at the pro level like the Canadian Football League should have less logistical challenges. "Its a question of finding ways to make the conditions of our team easier and better. That comes with time and studies and research, but its certainly at the top of our list." Lalonde said he grew up an Alouettes fan, idolizing quarterback Sonny Wade and the "Ordinary Superstar," Johnny Rogers, in the 1970s. He even pulled out the stub from the first Alouettes game he ever attended, a road game in Winnipeg in 1974. After playing at McGill, he completed a masters degree in sports management at Penn State, where he worked as an assistant to legendary head coach Joe Paterno. Lalonde later work as director of operations for the Montreal Machine of the defunct World League of American Football before joining the National Basketball Association. He spent eight years there helping to set up the leagues European operations. He briefly ran a sports marketing company in Florida before joining the Canadiens in 2001. With the NHL club, Lalonde was known as a tireless worker and demanding, hands-on executive who produced results, even if he wasnt the most popular boss. Now he has joined a club that works on a much lower economic scale than the NHL or NBA. And Lalonde will work for a team that remains a distant second to the Canadiens in popularity and visibility with local fans despite its on-field success. Since the Alouettes returned to Montreal after a 10-year hiatus in 1996, they have had only one sub-.500 season. The Alouettes have been to the Grey Cup game eight times since 2000, winning three. Lalonde considers it a challenge. "How can you win a couple of Grey Cups and not get as much visibility as they deserve?" Lalonde said. "I dont have all the answers for that right now, but I believe more credit should be given them. "Theyve all done a tremendous job of building a winning team. Now we have to do a better job off the field to connect with fans and make the Alouettes a front-line organization. Thats our goal. With the Canadiens, I believe we had the best organization. We were champions off the ice. I want the Alouettes to be champions off the field. 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