Alain Vigneault Speaker Profile
Head Coach for the New York Islanders
Alain Vigneault Biography
Alain Vigneault was born May 14, 1961 and is a Canadian hockey head coach currently coaching the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was previously a professional hockey defenceman for six seasons, split between the NHL, Central Hockey League and American Hockey League (AHL). He has also coached the Montreal Canadiens, as well as in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach of the year for the 2006-07 NHL season.
In his first season as head coach of the Canucks, he set a franchise record for wins in a single season with 49, eclipsing Pat Quinn's 46-win campaign in 1992-93. Vigneault also coached the Canucks to a Northwest Division title before being eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Anaheim Ducks. As a result, he received his second Jack Adams Award nomination and beat out Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres in voting on June 14, 2007, for coach of the year honours. The following season, however, the Canucks failed to qualify for the playoffs and general manager Dave Nonis was fired. After Nonis' successor, Mike Gillis, was brought in, it was speculated whether or not the Canucks would retain Vigneault. After several meetings with Gillis, Vigneault was re-signed to a one-year contract extension to keep him in Vancouver to the 2009-10 season. Vigneault's assistant coaches Barry Smith, inherited from Crawford's coaching staff, and Mike Kelly were both fired, however.
With the departure of captain Markus Naslund in the 2008 off-season, Vigneault controversially selected Roberto Luongo as the team's new captain, despite NHL rules forbidding goaltenders to be team captains. Luongo became the first goaltender to captain an NHL team in 60 years. Under new leadership and management, Vigneault and the Canucks returned to the post-season and won their second Northwest Division title in three years. They were once again defeated in the second round, however; this time by the Chicago Blackhawks.
About to enter the final year of his contract in 2009-10, Vigneault was signed to a three-year extension in September 2009.
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