The Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday named Daniel Lacroix and Martin Raymond as assistants to new coach Guy Boucher. Both served as assistant coaches under Boucher with Hamilton of the American Hockey League last season, where they helped lead the Bulldogs to 52 wins and 115 points, the second-best record in the AHL.
"Daniel and Raymond are two very smart and hard-working coaches," Boucher, who was hired by new Lightning GM Steve Yzerman last month, said in a statement. "They are an excellent complement to me and are outstanding one-on-one coaches. I have total confidence in them and they know how I work, what I do, my philosophy and my values. Because they know me and the way I work we already have a head start in terms of chemistry.”
Lacroix, 41, brings three seasons of experience as an NHL assistant to Tampa Bay after serving in the role with the New York Islanders from 2006-09. Before that, Lacroix spent four seasons as an assistant with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2002-06, helping the team to the QMJHL final on two occasions and an appearance in the 2006 Memorial Cup Tournament. The Montreal native played in 188 NHL regular-season games from 1993-2000 with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and the Islanders, scoring 11 goals and 18 points with 379 penalty minutes. He also had 1 point in 16 career Stanley Cup playoff games.
Raymond, 43, coached McGill University for 14 seasons before joining the Bulldogs in 2009. In 2008-09, he led the Redmen to an 18-8-2 record and an OUA East Conference title as well as a berth in the CIS national championship, their second in a row. While at McGill, the native of Pierrefonds, Que., amassed a 293-192-35 record in 520 games, including 206-110-30 during the regular season. In 2008 he helped the Redmen bring home the Queen’s Cup league championship for the first time since 1946.