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Alain Vigneault Hired as Flyers Head Coach

The Philadelphia Flyers have officially announced Alain Vigneault as their new head coach.

Vigneault, 57, signed a multi-year contract and became the 21st head coach in franchise history. The Quebec-native spent 16 years as a head coach in the NHL with a 648-435-35-98 record. His 648 wins ties 12th all-time in NHL history. The teams he coached are the Montreal Canadiens (1997-98 through 2000-01), Vancouver Canucks (2006-07 through 2012-13), and New York Rangers (2013-14 through 2017-18).

Vigneault Coaching Resume

In Vancouver, he made a name for himself by being the all-time winningest coach (313 victories) in franchise history. With the Canucks, he won two Presidents’ Trophy (2010-11 and 2011-12) and a trip to the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. After failing to win the Stanley Cup in Vancouver, he moved to New York to coach the Rangers. In New York, he had just as much success. He won the Eastern Conference title in 2014 and lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. Last summer the Rangers relieved him from head coaching duties.

Vigneault has been a Jack Adams Award finalists four times and won once in the 2006-07 season for the Canucks. All of his teams won their division seven times and made the playoffs 11 times. His teams had eight 100-point seasons and advanced past the first round on eight of those seasons.

Vigneault Role

The Flyers needed an experienced and decorated head coach to revive the team.  Right now he serves as the head coach for Team Canada for the 2019 IIHF World Championships in Slovakia. The Flyers front office agreed that his experience fits well for this Flyers squad. He can work well with star players like Claude Giroux.

 

“We are extremely excited to have Alain join this franchise and lead our team behind the bench for many years to come,” said general manager Chuck Fletcher. “He brings a tremendous amount of success over an extended period of time that will prove valuable to our team to take the next steps in returning the winning culture to the Philadelphia Flyers organization.”

 

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