MONTREAL (April 26, 2017) - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that assistant coach Clément Jodoin will not return with the organization. Jodoin notified management yesterday of his decision to leave the Club to pursue other opportunities.
"Marc Bergevin and I regretfully accepted the resignation of assistant coach Clément Jodoin, who made the decision to end his long-time association with the Montreal Canadiens. At our post-season meeting, we offered Clément to remain on our coaching staff, but he indicated to us that at this stage in his career, he would be looking for a change and would like to explore other challenges. Clément has been a valuable part of our hockey management team during his 12-year tenure with the organization. His wealth of knowledge and valued experience were important assets for all of us. His positive attitude and optimism were contagious and will be missed. I take this opportunity to thank Clément for his remarkable contribution to our hockey club and wish him the very best with his future endeavours," said Canadiens head coach Claude Julien.
Clément Jodoin, 65, was a member of the Canadiens' coaching staff for the past five seasons, and also previously served as assistant coach for five seasons (1997 to 2001 and 2002-03). Jodoin was also a member of the Canadiens' recruiting and player development squad between 2000 and 2002. In 2011-12, he served as head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs, then the Canadiens' main affiliate team in the AHL.
Between 2007 and 2011, Clément Jodoin completed four seasons as head coach of the QMJHL's Rimouski Oceanic. During his four-year tenure with Rimouski, the Oceanic posted a 140-112-8-5 record in 265 regular season games. In 2008, while coaching the Oceanic, Jodoin was selected to be an assistant coach with Canada at the World Junior Championship in Czech Republic and returned home with a gold medal. He was also a member of gold medal-winning Canadian teams at the WJC in 2006 and 2007.
Before joining Rimouski, Jodoin was the head coach of the QMJHL's Lewiston MAINEiacs from 2004 to 2007. The Canadian Hockey League honored him with the Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award in 2007, as he led Lewiston to the President's Cup and a berth in the Memorial Cup. Jodoin has twice been named the QMJHL's Coach of the Year, receiving the Ron Lapointe Trophy for the first time in 1997 as head coach / GM of the Halifax Mooseheads, and again in 2007 with the MAINEiacs. He was also the recipient of the Paul Dumont Trophy in 2005-06 as QMJHL Personality of the Year.
Jodoin began his coaching career 30 years ago and became, in 1984-85, the head coach of the UQTR Patriotes of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union. He led his team to a conference championship in 1986 and to the CIAU title in 1987. Following a season as assistant coach with the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987-88, he returned to UQTR to coach the Patriotes for two more seasons, winning the OUAAC Championship in 1990. Jodoin also worked with the Québec Nordiques between 1990 and 1994 spending two seasons as head coach of the AHL's Halifax Citadels (1990 to 1992) and was as an assistant coach with the Nordiques from 1992 to 1994.