Position: ASSISTANT COACH AND GOALTENDING COACH
Appointed goaltending coach on July 6, 2009, Pierre Groulx is entering his fourth season with the Montreal Canadiens after spending the previous four years with the Florida Panthers.
In his first two seasons with the Panthers, Groulx worked primarily as video coach, before adding the dual duties of assistant/goaltending coach in 2007-08.
With the Canadiens, he looks after all goaltenders in the organization. Although most of his time is spent working with the netminders in Montreal, Groulx regularly heads down to the farm to supervise the progression of the young goaltenders with the Hamilton Bulldogs and help them with the mental preparation and goaltending techniques. He also travels to Wheeling to work with the goalies with the Nailers, the Canadiens ECHL affiliate.
Groulx also does pre-scouting of opposing netminders and also keeps a log book with scouting notes on all goalies in the NHL which he refers to when the coaching staff meets to prepare the game plan. He also works closely with the team’s strength and conditioning coach Pierre Allard for the goaltenders off-season training program.
For the past five years in the summer months he has travelled to Europe (Russia, Germany, Sweden) to take part in specialized goaltending hockey schools. His own goaltending school, “PG’s Goalies” will officially be launched in the summer of 2013.
Since his beginning in the NHL, he has worked with several netminders including Ed Belfour, Tomas Vokoun and Craig Anderson with the Panthers, and Jaroslav Halak, Alex Auld, Carey Price and Peter Budaj in Montréal.
Groulx began his career at the professional level in Ottawa, where he spent five seasons as the Senators video coach. He was also a member of the coaching staff for Team Canada at the 2005 World Hockey Championship held in Austria.
Pierre Groulx started his coaching career as assistant and goaltending coach with the Cumberland Grads of the Ontario Central Junior « A » Hockey League