Daniel Lacroix was named to the position of Montreal Canadiens assistant coach on July 30, 2014.
The Montreal native has spent the past eight seasons working as an assistant coach in pro hockey, including last season with the New York Rangers, who advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. Prior to his lone season with the Rangers, Lacroix spent three seasons on the Tampa Bay Lightning's coaching staff. Before coming to the Lightning, he was an assistant coach with Montreal's American Hockey League affiliate in Hamilton for one season in 2009-10. He was also an assistant coach for three seasons with the New York Islanders.
The Montreal, Quebec native began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for four seasons from 2002-03 to 2005-06. During his tenure, the Wildcats posted a 172-77-21-12 record and advanced to the President’s Cup Final on two occasions (2003-04, 2005-06), including an appearance in the 2006 Memorial Cup Tournament. In 2004-05, Lacroix also served as Moncton’s interim Head Coach midway through the season, compiling a 8-8-4-1 record through the final 21 games of the season, and leading the Wildcats into the second round of the playoffs.
Drafted by the Rangers as a second round choice, 31st overall, in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, Lacroix appeared in 188 career games over seven seasons as a player with the Rangers (1993-94; 1995-96), Boston Bruins (1994-95), Philadelphia Flyers (1996-98), Edmonton Oilers (1998-99), and New York Islanders (1999-00). The left winger registered 11 goals and seven assists for 18 points, along with 379 penalty minutes, including four points (two goals, two assists) and 30 penalty minutes in 30 games with the Rangers.