Position: HAMILTON BULLDOGS ASSISTANT COACH
Donald Dufresne was named assistant coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs on June 20, 2012 and is working alongside new Bulldogs head coach Sylvain Lefebvre.
Dufresne, 45, played 268 games over nine seasons in the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers. He totalled 42 points (six goals, 36 assists) over his career while winning the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1993. The Quebec City native was originally drafted by Montreal in the sixth round, 117th overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He played various seasons in the American Hockey League during his professional career with the Sherbrooke Canadiens, Fredericton Canadiens and the Worcester IceCats while playing one season with the Quebec Rafales of the International Hockey League. In 186 regular season games over six seasons in the AHL, he notched 61 points (13 goals, 48 assists). Dufresne played four seasons in the QMJHL during his junior career, with the Trois-Rivières Draveurs and the Longueuil Chevaliers where he won the President’s Cup in 1987.
Dufresne’s coaching career began with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL in February 1999, when he was hired as assistant coach and assistant general manager. The following year, the team wins the President Cup as the QMJHL Champions, and the Memorial Cup presented in Halifax. During the 2001-02 he becomes an assistant coach with the Quebec Citadelles of the AHL. He returned as assistant coach/assistant general manager with the Oceanic in 2002-03. The following season, he was named Rimouski’s head coach, a position he had until the first 20 games of the 2004-05 season. He completed that season as assistant coach/assistant GM and helped lead the team to a league championship. Dufresne returned to the Oceanic as assistant coach and assistant general manager for the following six seasons (2005 to 2011), before completing his career in Rimouski as assistant coach in 2011-2012.