CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have named Jacques Cloutier as associate coach. Cloutier joins the Flames coaching staff following a championship season alongside Bob Hartley with the ZSC Lions of Switzerland’s National League A.
“I’m very happy to be joining the Calgary Flames organization,” said Cloutier. “I’d like to thank Jay Feaster, Bob Hartley and the Flames for this opportunity. I’ve worked with Bob for many years and I’m excited to be going back to the NHL with him in such a passionate Canadian hockey market and with such a highly regarded organization as Calgary.”
“Jacques brings a wealth of hockey experience, including two Stanley Cup championships, to our coaching staff,” said Flames Head Coach Bob Hartley. “We have been coaching partners for many years, beginning in Cornwall (AHL) immediately after his playing days, another five years in Colorado (NHL) and most recently in Zurich (Swiss National A League). He has a tremendous talent for working with professionals, from young players to veterans. Jacques and I have developed very good chemistry and I consider him the most team oriented and loyal individual I have met in my career. He’ll be a valuable addition to our staff and to our success.”
Upon retirement, Cloutier was hired as an assistant coach for the Nordiques' AHL affiliate, the Cornwall Aces. While coaching the Aces, Cloutier also served as a part-time goaltending coach for the Nordiques. In 1995 the Nordiques moved west to become the Colorado Avalanche and Cloutier moved with the team, becoming the full time goaltending coach. Midway through the 1995-96 season, Cloutier was promoted to assistant coach with the Avalanche. During his time as a coach in Colorado, Cloutier helped the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup in 1996 and on Head Coach Bob Hartley staff in 2001. He spent a total of 12 seasons as an assistant coach with the Avalanche concluding in 2009.
Cloutier had an impressive career starting in the QMJHL. In 1977-78, just his second year of major junior hockey, Cloutier played in 71 games, going 46-17-7 and helped lead the Draveurs to the Memorial Cup. The next season he played 72 games going 58-8-6 and captured the Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy for best goaltender in the QMJHL and again leading the Draveurs to the Memorial Cup.
The following season, Cloutier was selected in the 3rd round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres with the 55th pick overall where he played up until the end of the 1988-89 season. He spent the 1989-90 season and part of the 1990-91 season with the Chicago Blackhawks before finishing his goaltending career after four years with the Quebec Nordiques.