Daniel Lacroix was named to the position of Rangers assistant coach on August 14, 2013.
Lacroix joins the Rangers’ bench after spending six of the last seven seasons in the NHL as an Assistant Coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders. He served three seasons each with Tampa Bay (2010-11 to 2012-13) and Long Island (2006-07 to 2008-09) and advanced to the playoffs on two occasions, with the Lightning in 2010-11 and with the Islanders in 2006-07.
Prior to joining Tampa Bay, Lacroix spent one season as an Assistant Coach with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2009-10. He helped guide the Bulldogs to franchise records with 52 wins and 115 points to finish atop the Western Conference standings. Hamilton advanced to the Conference Finals that season, where they were eliminated in Game 7 by the Texas Stars.
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 Blueshirts 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.