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Alex Tanguay

Born:November 21, 1979Draft:1998 Avalanche #12 Overall
Hometown:Ste-Justine, QCPosition:LW
Known For:Stanley CupShoots:Left
National Team:CanadaCurrent Team:Detroit Red Wings (Asst. Coach)

Alex Joseph Jean Tanguay (born November 21, 1979) is currently the assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and is a Canadian former professional ice hockey winger who played for the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and Arizona Coyotes in the National Hockey League (NHL) and briefly for HC Lugano in the Swiss National League A in 2004. An offensive player, he is best known for his passing and playmaking ability.

An alumnus of the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), Tanguay has his jersey retired. During his junior career, he was also a member of Canada’s under-20 team at the 1998 World Junior Championships. Selected in the first round, 12th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, he began his NHL career with Colorado in 1999. Tanguay won the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001, scoring two goals in Game 7 against the New Jersey Devils.

Individually, he was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy following his rookie season and was chosen to the 2004 All-Star Game during his six-year tenure with Colorado. In July 2006, he was traded to the Flames and spent two years with the club before single-season stints with the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning.

In July 2010, he returned to Calgary, signing as an unrestricted free agent. After three seasons with Calgary, he returned to Colorado for the 2013–14 season. In February 2016, Tanguay was traded from the Avalanche to the Arizona Coyotes, retiring at the season’s conclusion.

Years as an NHL player: 1999-2016

Years as an NHL coach: 2021-present

Alex Tanguay Calgary Flames
Alex Tanguay, Calgary Flames (Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE)

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Coaching History

  • AHL Iowa Wild (Assistant Coach) 2019-2021
  • NHL Detroit Red Wings (Assistant Coach) 2021-present


  • NHL All-Star Game (2004)
  • Stanley Cup Clinching Goal (2001)
  • Stanley Cup Champion (2001)
  • CHL Top Prospects Game (1998)
  • CHL All-Rookie Team (1997)
  • QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1997)
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