Position: ASSISTANT COACH
Clément Jodoin is in his second tour of duty as part of the Canadiens coaching staff after assuming the role of assistant coach from 1997 to 2001 and again in the 2002-03 season. In 2011-12, he completed his first season at the helm of the Hamilton Bulldogs after being hired to coach the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate team on July 22, 2011, becoming the 10th bench boss in Bulldogs history.
In 2010-11, Jodoin concluded his fourth season as head coach of the QMJHL’s Rimouski Oceanic and his 10th season as a head coach in the league. During his four-year tenure with Rimouski, the Oceanic posted a 140-112-8-5 record. In 2008, while coaching the Oceanic, Jodoin was selected to be an assistant coach with the Canadian team at the World Juniors in the Czech Republic and returned home with a gold medal. He had been on gold medal-winning Canadian teams at the WJHC in 2006 and 2007.
Before joining the Rimouski Oceanic, Jodoin was the head coach of the QMJHL’s Lewiston MAINEiacs from 2004 to 2007. The Canadian Hockey League honoured him with the Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award in 2007, as he led Lewiston to the President’s Cup and a berth in the Memorial Cup. Jodoin has twice been named the QMJHL’s Coach of the Year, receiving the Ron Lapointe Trophy for the first time in 1997 as head coach / GM of the Halifax Mooseheads, and again in 2007 with the MAINEiacs. He was also the recipient of the Paul Dumont Trophy in 2005–06 as QMJHL Personality of the Year.
Born on January 10, 1952, Clément Jodoin was the Canadiens’ director of player development in 2000-01, and also worked as a scout the following season before returning behind the Canadiens’ bench as an assistant coach in 2002-03. A native of St-Césaire, Quebec, Jodoin began his coaching career 30 years ago and in 1984-85, he became the head coach of the UQTR Patriotes in the CIAV. He led his team to the Championship in 1986 and to the CIAU title in 1987. Following a season as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987-88, he returned to UQTR to coach the Patriotes for two seasons, winning the OUAAC Championship in 1990. Jodoin also worked with the Québec Nordiques between 1990 and 1994 spending two seasons as head coach of the AHL’s Halifax Citadels (1990-92) and was an assistant coach with the Québec Nordiques from 1992 to 1994. Clément Jodoin and his wife Louise have two daughters.