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Alain Vigneault

Born:May 14, 1961Draft:1981 Blues, 167th overall
Hometown:Québec, QC, CANPosition:Defense
Known For:Jack Adams AwardShoots:Left
National Team:Canada

Alain Vigneault (born May 14, 1961) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Vigneault has previously coached the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, and the New York Rangers in the NHL, as well as in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

During his career with the Canucks, he won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach of the year in 2006–07 and became the team’s record holder for wins as a coach. Under Vigneault, Vancouver won back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies (2010–11 and 2011–12) and made one Stanley Cup Finals appearance (2011). In his first season with New York, he led the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance (2014) in 20 years.

Prior to his coaching career, Vigneault played professionally as a defenceman for six seasons in the NHL, Central Hockey League and American Hockey League (AHL). In the NHL, he played 42 games over two seasons, 1981–82 and 1982–83, for the St. Louis Blues.

Years as NHL player: 1981-83

Years as a NHL coach: 1997-present

Philadelphia Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault
Philadelphia Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault (Valentin Flauraud/Keystone via AP)

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Coaching History

  • 1986-87 Trois-Rivières Draveurs QMJHL Head Coach
  • 1987-92 Hull Olympiques QMJHL Head Coach
  • 1988-89 Canada U20 World Junior Championships Asst. Coach
  • 1990-91 Canada U20 World Junior Championships Asst. Coach
  • 1992-96 Ottawa Senators NHL Asst. Coach
  • 1995-97 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL Head Coach (Hired mid-season)
  • 1997-01 Montréal Canadiens NHL Head Coach
  • 2003-05 Prince Edward Island Rocket QMJHL Head Coach
  • 2005-06 Manitoba Moose AHL Head Coach
  • 2006-13 Vancouver Canucks NHL Head Coach
  • 2013-18 New York Rangers NHL Head Coach
  • 2018-19 Canada World Championships Head Coach
  • 2019-present Philadelphia Flyers NHL Head Coach


  • 1987-88 CHL Coach of the Year (Brian Kilrea Award)
  • 1987-89 QMJHL First All-Star Team (Head Coach)
  • 1990-91 QMJHL Second All-Star Team (Head Coach)
  • 1990-91 U20 WJC Gold Medal
  • 1991-92 QMJHL Second All-Star Team (Head Coach)
  • 2006-07 NHL Coach of the Year (Jack Adams Award) (VAN)
  • 2010-11 NHL All-Star Game (co-Head Coach)
  • 2018-19 World Championship Silver Medal