Pierre Groulx was named to the Canadiens' coaching staff on Jul. 6, 2009. He spent the past four seasons with the Florida Panthers organization under head coach and general manager Jacques Martin, as well as Peter DeBoer during the 2008-09 season. In his first two seasons with the Panthers, Groulx worked primarily as video coach before adding the duties of assistant/goaltending coach to his resume in 2007-08.
Groulx began his career at the professional level in Ottawa where he spent five seasons as the Senators video coach. Groulx was also a member of the coaching staff for Team Canada at the World Hockey Championships in Austria in April 2005.
Pierre Groulx started his coaching career as an assistant and goaltending coach with the Cumberland Grads of the Ontario Central Junior "A" Hockey League.
It was definitely emotional. I really appreciated the fans. It was a cool feeling and it felt special and the ovation there at the start and then you kind of feel funny out there standing by yourself. Thinking back, I was saying just a bit ago, you think back just trying to make the NHL and then you kind of reflect on all the years being able to play for a great organization here in Calgary and all the fun I've had so far in my career. I feel very fortunate and blessed.
— Boston forward Jarome Iginla on his return to Calgary, where he played for 16 seasons