It’s official: Alain Vigneault is the Rangers’ head coach


Courtesy of the Rangers:


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.

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  1. Onecupin74yearsandcounting on

    Messier can cry and pout all he wants .If he wanted the job he should have coached somewhere else first.

  2. I’m most interested in who AV will have on the bench with him. He mentioned that he met with Sullivan. Does that mean something? Do you think he has anyone else in mind?

  3. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    Hate to burst your bubble, Kenny, but free agency starts on the 5th this year. Sorry. You’ll just have to wait a little bit longer.

  4. Doodie Machetto on

    Ha, guess it’s been a while since I’ve used my laptop here and I still hadn’t changed the numbering.

    I’d say today I’m more of a 5. Could go either way at this point. If they don’t buy out Richards though, I immediately drop to a 1.

  5. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    New Coach = New Hope!

    How can you not be positive about this?

    And I was a Fan of Torts, but he was the best Coach available this year. His record speaks for itself.

  6. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Everyone love a winner!

    And Vigneault wins!

    Hank’s in Net.

    Nash gets more freedom.

    Kreider & Miller on the horizon.

    New look at the juniors coming up.

    20 Prospects in 20 Days.

    Lots to look forward to, well maybe not the draft, but everything else.

  7. This just in … (updated)

    23 February 2009, 6:23 pm by Carp in Uncategorized – 187 Comments
    It’s official. John Tortorella is en route to NY to take over for practice tomorrow. Not available tonight for comment.

    Glen Sather said there is no compensation headed to Tampa Bay, and that Tortorella signed a multi-year contract.

    Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld did not want the job. He and Pelino will be assistants, Schoenfeld on an interim basis.

    Tom Renney is welcome to stay in the organization if he chooses, Sather said.

    Sather said he had this in his mind for a few weeks, and he was going to make this move even if the Rangers had won Sunday night. He knew he was going to do it today no matter what. He said he considered other candidates, as well. He also very pointedly said much of the decision was based on how the Rangers got away from the way they played the first 10 games or so this season, and that it was basically the system of backing up that he felt needed to be changed.

  8. _It’s official: Tortorella is no longer relevant in New York._

    You did post about him six times on the last thread though, CCCP…

  9. Sioux, I nominate you for Ambassador to the tribes!

    Given your analysis @10:00 I believe you could sell a certain island to the tribes for a few beads!

    Now if you could include Sappy with the sale, I will sing your songs and tell your stories around the campfire ;)

  10. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Dubbb – Draft day for me will be where the Fighting Sioux Players are going to get picked.

    With the youth coming in, I could see 3 18 year olds getting picked high in the Draft.

    One with Ranger ties.

  11. Somewhere within Tortorella’s often pugnacious attitude and inflated ego lies his strength and also his tragic fault. Shakespearean in scope. (which means there is tragedy in the mouthwash)

  12. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I like the hiring.

    I hope they bring lapierre in as a free agent since he has played for AV.

    Love to see them trade for bieksa but I know that is a pipe dream on my part.

  13. _You did post about him six times on the last thread though, CCCP_

    On the last thread, it wasn’t official, yet! :)

    Aren’t you missing the tea and crumpets time?

  14. Sioux, I hope they go were you want them to. I thought it funny because of the Rangers lack of picks this year. I mean do they even need to send anyone until late in the evening?

  15. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Any insight or rumours on…

    Who the assistants will be?

    Clowe will or will not be re-signed?

    Potential player additions or subtractions?


  16. Onecupin74yearsandcounting on

    No Clowe , no richards save the money and build,, look for another bickel like the hawks did , they’re out there just need the scouts to be on the ball who know what they’re doing.

  17. If we are talking about Bickell, who is going to be overpaid by a crazy person, he’s only good when he plays LW with Kane on the RW and Toews in the C. Who couldn’t be good on that line (aside from Boyle)?

  18. Well, maybe, he was talking to me. Was you talking to him? Because you was obviously talking to one of us. So what is it? Who?! Who was you talking to?!

  19. It’s a new day playing “The Right Way” Welcome to New York AV welcome. Great warm personality. Seems very structured. When are we going to deep six the video of our ex-coach?????

  20. Sioux-per-man 10.0 on

    Dubbb- that’s tough for me. I always wanted one of them to be picked by the Rangers, but after the fiasco with Miller getting picked 1’st. Then NOT coming in to play for the Sioux changed that in a hurry.

    I always thought the Rangers should have taken Parise.

    After that you just want to see them succeed. So it really doesn’t matter where they end up.

  21. Torts: “I’ll sign on with you and live in Vancouver but you better make sure they keep the ******* mayo off my ****** burger~

  22. Carp the media must like this guy already. Seems like a player’s coach. And one with a good head and heart. Definitely a breath of fresh air even though I was a Torts fan. *glimmer of hope *. Hopefully he has enough here to be successful at some point.

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