Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that Roland Melanson has been named as goaltending coach.
“Roland has had an exceptional coaching and playing career and we look forward to the insights and lessons he can help bring to our organization,” said Mike Gillis. “We have had success in the last few years, and to take our team to the next level, felt it was necessary to have a full time goaltending coach at this time. Roland has an excellent reputation in the NHL and will support and further develop our goaltenders throughout the organization.”
Melanson, 49, served as an Assistant Coach with the Montreal Canadiens from 1997-2009. In this role, he oversaw the development of all goaltenders in the organization, including, but not limited to, Jose Theodore, Mathieu Garon, Jeff Hackett, Andy Moog, Jocelyn Thibault, David Aebischer, Jaroslav Halak, Cristobal Huet and Carey Price.
Prior to this tenure with the Canadiens, Melanson was an Assistant Coach and Goaltending Coach for the QMJHL Moncton Wildcats from 1995 to 1997 where he coached Dwayne Roloson, following a two-year association with the St. John Flames of the American Hockey League as goaltending consultant (1993 to 1995) working with Jean-Sebastien Aubin.
Melanson, the first goaltender born in New Brunswick to play in the NHL, spent 12 years playing in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Minnesota North Stars, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens. During his playing career Melanson won three Stanley Cup championships (1981, 1982 and 1983), the William M. Jennings Trophy in the 1982-83 season and was also named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1982-83. Melanson posted a career record of 129-106-33 and six shutouts in the NHL.