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    ALAIN VIGNEAULT NAMED RANGERS HEAD COACH

    **COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK RANGERS**

    ALAIN VIGNEAULT NAMED RANGERS HEAD COACH NEW YORK

    June 21, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has named Alain Vigneault as the team’s new Head Coach.

    “Alain Vigneault has had success throughout his career and his coaching style is a perfect fit for the Rangers,” said Sather in making the announcement. “We feel very fortunate to have him leading this team, as we continue to pursue our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”

    Vigneault, 52, becomes the 35th Head Coach in the 87-year history of the Rangers. He joins the organization after serving as Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks for seven seasons. Under his guidance, Vancouver compiled a 313-170-57 record for a .632 winning percentage in 540 games. He led the Canucks to back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and captured the Northwest Division title in six of his seven seasons in Vancouver.

    In 2010-11, Vigneault guided Vancouver to franchise records with 54 wins and 117 points to capture the first Presidents’ Trophy in club history, as the Canucks advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1994. He was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top head coach following that season and also served as an assistant coach at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.

    Vigneault guided the Canucks into the top five in the NHL in goals per game in each of the last three full seasons, including first overall in 2010-11, and ranked in the top six in the league in power play percentage from 2009-10 to 2011-12. In 2006-07, Vancouver established franchise records in wins (49) and points (105) to capture the Northwest Division title and their first playoff berth since 2003-04, in his first season with the Canucks. Vigneault was awarded the Jack Adams Award following that season in recognition of his achievements.

    Vigneault previously served as Head Coach of the Montreal Canadiens from 1997-98 to 2000-01, becoming the organization’s second youngest coach in club history at the age of 36. He led the Canadiens to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in his first season as Head Coach, and was voted runner-up for the Jack Adams Award following the 1999-00 season. Vigneault also served as an Assistant Coach with the Ottawa Senators from 1992-93 to 1995-96.

    The Quebec City, Quebec native has compiled a 422-288-35-61 record for a .583 winning percentage in 806 career games. He finished the 2012-13 season ranked sixth among active NHL coaches in games coached and seventh for most wins. On February 1, 2013, Vigneault registered his 400th career win in his 766th game coached in the NHL, becoming the eighth fastest coach to reach the mark behind Scotty Bowman (690 games), Glen Sather (694 games), Mike Babcock (699 games), Toe Blake (724 games), Dave Tippett (729 games), Mike Keenan (731 games), and Ken Hitchcock (736 games).

    In 2005-06, Vigneault led Vancouver’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, to a 44-24-12 record and the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. He also has 10 seasons of head coaching experience in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with Trois Rivieres (1986-87), Hull (1987-92), Beauport (1995-97), and P.E.I. (2003-05). Vigneault led the Hull Olympiques to the 1988 Memorial Cup after capturing the QMJHL championship, and was named CHL Coach of the Year following that season.

    Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Vigneault appeared in 42 games over two seasons with the St. Louis Blues from 1981-82 to 1982-83. Originally selected by the Blues as an eighth round choice, 167th overall, in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, the defenseman registered two goals, five assists and 82 penalty minutes in his NHL career. After retiring as a player in 1984, Vigneault went on to serve as a scout with the Blues for two seasons from 1984-85 to 1985-86.

    ALAIN VIGNEAULT’S HEAD COACHING RECORD

     

     

     

    REGULAR SEASON

    PLAYOFFS

    SEASON

    TEAM

    LEAGUE

    GC

    W

    L

    T

    OT

    PTS%

    GC

    W

    L

    WIN%

    1986-87

    Trois Rivieres

    QMJHL

    70

    28

    40

    2

    0

    .414

    1987-88

    Hull

    QMJHL

    70

    43

    23

    4

    0

    .643

    19

    12

    7

    .632

    1988-89

    Hull

    QMJHL

    70

    40

    25

    5

    0

    .607

    9

    5

    4

    .556

    1989-90

    Hull

    QMJHL

    70

    36

    29

    5

    0

    .550

    11

    4

    7

    .364

    1990-91

    Hull

    QMJHL

    70

    36

    27

    7

    0

    .564

    6

    2

    4

    .333

    1991-92

    Hull

    QMJHL

    70

    41

    24

    5

    0

    .621

    6

    2

    4

    .333

    1995-96

    Beauport

    QMJHL

    31

    19

    7

    5

    0

    .694

    15

    9

    6

    .600

    1996-97

    Beauport

    QMJHL

    70

    24

    44

    2

    0

    .357

    4

    1

    3

    .250

    1997-98

    Canadiens

    NHL

    82

    37

    32

    13

    0

    .530

    10

    4

    6

    .400

    1998-99

    Canadiens

    NHL

    82

    32

    39

    11

    0

    .457

    1999-00

    Canadiens

    NHL

    82

    35

    34

    9

    4

    .506

    2000-01

    Canadiens

    NHL

    20

    5

    13

    2

    0

    .300

     

     

     

     

    2003-04

    P.E.I.

    QMJHL

    70

    40

    19

    5

    6

    .650

    11

    6

    5

    .545

    2004-05

    P.E.I.

    QMJHL

    70

    24

    39

    7

    0

    .393

    2005-06

    Manitoba

    AHL

    80

    44

    24

    12

    .625

    13

    7

    6

    .538

    2006-07

    Canucks

    NHL

    82

    49

    26

    7

    .640

    12

    5

    7

    .417

    2007-08

    Canucks

    NHL

    82

    39

    33

    10

    .537

    2008-09

    Canucks

    NHL

    82

    45

    27

    10

    .610

    10

    6

    4

    .600

    2009-10

    Canucks

    NHL

    82

    49

    28

    5

    .628

    12

    6

    6

    .500

    2010-11

    Canucks

    NHL

    82

    54

    19

    9

    .713

    25

    15

    10

    .600

    2011-12

    Canucks

    NHL

    82

    51

    22

    9

    .677

    5

    1

    4

    .200

    2012-13

    Canucks

    NHL

    48

    26

    15

    7

    .615

    4

    0

    4

    .000

     

    NHL TOTALS

    806

    422

    288

    35

    61

    .583

    78

    37

    41

    .474

     

    NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS

    · 11 seasons of NHL experience: 4 seasons with MTL (1997-98 to 2000-01); 7 seasons with VAN (2006-07 to 2012-13) · Won the Jack Adams Award in 2006-07, and was runner-up twice (1999-00, 2010-11)

    · Has reached the playoffs in each of the last five seasons and six of the last seven · Captured the Northwest Division title in six of his seven seasons in Vancouver

    · 5 seasons with 100 or more points, with his best in 2010-11 when he led Vancouver to a franchise record 117 points (54-19-9, 117 PTS, .713 PTS%; career-highs in wins and points) to capture the first Presidents' Trophy in club history

    · Led Vancouver to back-to-back Presidents' Trophies in 2010-11 and 2011-12, becoming the first Head Coach to lead his team to consecutive Presidents’ Trophies since Ken Hitchcock with the Dallas Stars in 1997-98 and 1998-99

    · Served as an Assistant Coach at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game · Became the eighth fastest coach in NHL history to register his 400th career win on February 1, 2013

    · Became head coach for Montreal at age 36, becoming the organization’s second youngest coach in club history

    · Led the Canadiens to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in his first season as head coach

    · All-Time NHL Coaching Ranks: 31st in games coached; 26th in wins; 29th in points; T-29th in points% (min. 100 career games coached); T-33rd in playoff games coached; 33rd in playoff wins