MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Friday the appointment of Clément Jodoin as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
“Clément Jodoin is back with the Canadiens organization and we are very pleased with this announcement today. Clément has close to 30 years of experience in hockey, and his reputation speaks for itself. His expertise and knowledge of the game will prove to be valuable assets for our organization. Clément had the chance to work with several young players during his coaching career and we are very pleased that our organization will again benefit from his experience,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.
In 2010-11 Jodoin completed his fourth season as head coach of the Rimouski Oceanic and his 10th season as a head coach in the QMJHL. During his 4-year tenure as head coach, the Oceanic posted a 140-112-8-5 record in 265 regular season games. In 2008, Jodoin was an assistant coach with Canada’s national gold medal team at the 2008 World Junior Championships presented in Czech Republic.
Before joining the Oceanic, Jodoin was the head hoach of the QMJHL Lewiston Maineiacs for three seasons (2004 to 2007). The Canadian Hockey League honoured Jodoin with the Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award in 2007, as he led the Lewiston Maineiacs to the QMJHL President's Cup and a 2007 Memorial Cup berth. Jodoin has twice been named the QMJHL's "Coach of the Year," receiving the Ron Lapointe Trophy for the first time in 1997, while acting as head coach/general manager of the Halifax Mooseheads (1994 to 1997), and in 2007 with Lewiston. Jodoin also received the Paul Dumont Trophy in the 2005–06 as "Personality of the Year."
Clément Jodoin is back with the Canadiens organization, where he spent six seasons between 1997 and 2003 in various positions within the hockey department. He first joined the Canadiens on June 10, 1997 as an assistant coach. In 2000-01, he acted as professional scout, and then became Director of Player Development. He returned behing the bench as an assistant coach for the 2002-03 season.
A native of St-Césaire, Quebec, Jodoin began his coaching career more than 30 years ago. In 1984-85, he became the head coach of the UQTR Patriotes of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union. He led his team to the Québec University Athletic Association Championship (1986), as well as the CIAU Championship (1987). Following one season as assistant coach with the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987-88, Jodoin returned behind the Patriotes bench for two seasons, winning the Ontario Universities Athletic Association Championship (1990). He then joined the Québec Nordiques organization, spending two seasons as the AHL Halifax Citadels Head Coach (1990-1992), and two seasons as an assistant with the Nordiques (1992-1994).
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