Position: PLAYER DEVELOPMENT COACH
Patrice Brisebois was promoted to player development coach of the Canadiens on June 13, 2012 embarking on a new career after a stellar 16-year career on the Canadiens blueline.
Born on January 27, 1971 in Montreal, Patrice Brisebois played 18 seasons in the NHL, including 16 with the Canadiens, who drafted him 30th overall, with their second pick in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. Throughout his career Brisebois suited up in 1,009 games, recording 98 goals and 322 assists, for a total of 420 points. He appeared in 98 playoff contests, notching 32 points, and won the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1993.
Patrice Brisebois spent the last two seasons of his playing career with the Canadiens, suiting up for his 1,000th NHL game on March 14, 2009, after two years in Colorado where he played with the Avalanche from 2005 to 2007. In 113 games with the Avs, he recorded 11 goals and 38 helpers. As a member of the Canadiens, from 1990 to 2004, Brisebois tallied 342 points, including 79 goals in 791 games. He ranks third among the Canadiens’ all-time defenseman list for games played (surpassed only by hall of famers Larry Robinson and Serge Savard) and is 11th on the franchise’s all-time list.
Patrice Brisebois’ career was successful at all levels, starting with his junior years when he played in the Memorial Cup tournament on three occasions, twice with the Laval Titan and once as a member of the Drummondville Voltigeurs. He was also named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team in 1991. That same year, Brisebois was voted top defenseman in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), and earned a spot on the QMJHL’s First All-Star Team.
On the international stage, he is one of few players to represent Canada twice at the World Junior Championship, winning the gold medal on each occasion, in 1990 and 1991. In 14 games over two Championships, he recorded 3 goals and added 8 assists for 11 points. An outstanding athlete on the the ice, Patrice Brisebois also stood out for his community involvement throughout his career with the Canadiens. In 2009, he was awarded the Jean-Béliveau Trophy for his remarkable contribution to the community.