Position: ASSISTANT COACH
Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Jean-Jacques Daigneault was named assistant coach of the Montreal Canadiens on June 15, 2012. He is entering his first season behind the bench of the team he played for during six seasons and winning the Stanley Cup with in 1993. Selected in the first round, 10th overall, by Vancouver in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, he suited up with the QMJHL Longueuil Chevaliers recording 32 goals and 126 points in 144 games, earning a selection on the First All-Star Team and the Émile Bouchard Award as the QMJHL Top Defenseman in 1982-83. In the months leading up to the draft, Daigneault played for Canada’s National Team, recording 5 goals and 15 assists in 55 games, and the National Junior Team finishing fourth at the 1984 WJHC, where he tallied two points in seven games. He then played for Canada at the 14th Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo recording a goal and an assist in seven match-ups.
Daigneault’s professional career spans over 18 seasons, 16 of them at the NHL level. He played 899 games with 10 teams between 1984 and 2001, including the Canucks, Flyers, Canadiens, Blues, Penguins, Mighty Ducks, Islanders, Predators, Coyotes and Wild, tallying 53 goals and 197 helpers for 250 points. He also skated in 99 playoff games amassing 5 goals and 26 assists. Daigneault also played with Hershey, Sherbrooke and Worcester in the AHL and, in 2000-01, skated with Cleveland in the IHL. He ended his playing career in 2001-02 as a player-coach with Biel in Switzerland’s division II league.
Now 47, Jean-Jacques Daigneault took on coaching in 2005-2006 with the ECHL’s Phoenix Roadrunners as an assistant and as director of player personnel. In 2007-08, he joined the coaching staff of the Hartford Wolf Pack where he spent the last five seasons, helping the team earn a playoff berth each year.
Jean-Jacques Daigneault and his wife Janie have three daughters.