MONTRÉAL (September 22, 2014) – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin, announced today the appointment of Vincent Riendeau
as assistant general manager of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Riendeau will remain the Bulldogs’ goaltending coach and oversee the daily hockey operations.
Entering his third season with the Montreal Canadiens organization, Riendeau was originally named goaltending consultant with the Bulldogs on June 20, 2012 to work alongside head coach Sylvain Lefebvre and his coaching staff.
A native of St. Hyacinthe, Riendeau began his professional hockey career with the Canadiens after signing a free agent contract with the club in 1986. Riendeau had previously completed his junior career minding the net of the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL), Sherbrooke College, as well as the QMJHL’s Verdun Junior and Drummondville Voltigeurs . In his first campaign in pro hockey, with the Sherbrooke Canadiens, he earned the Hap Holmes award as the AHL top goaltender.
Following two seasons in the AHL, he made the jump to the NHL where he would play 184 games over eight seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins recording 85 wins, 65 losses, 20 ties and five shutouts. He spent parts of five seasons in the AHL playing in 98 games and recording 61 wins, 31 losses, three ties and six shutouts.
Riendeau resumed his career playing in Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain before becoming the first North American-born goaltender to mind the net in the Russian Superleague playing with HC Lada Togliatti.
He joined the Toronto Maple Leafs organization after his retirement in 2001 as a goaltending consultant and then joined the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL as goaltending coach in 2004-05. He spent four seasons with Cape Breton as goaltending coach, and assuming the role of assistant general manager for the last two seasons (2006 to 2008).
Riendeau has been working with several different European league teams on a consulting basis, in a role of goaltending coach as well as assistant general manager, including Mannheim, Germany (2005-07), Fribourg, Switzerland (2007), Kassel (2008-09) and the Hamburg Freezers organization for the past four seasons.
Riendeau, 48, owns a goaltending school with summer camps in several areas in the province of Quebec.