The Tampa Bay Lightning hired Frantz Jean of the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as goaltending consultant today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. He will work with all goaltenders in the organization.
"We are happy to add Frantz to the organization today," said Yzerman. "He is extremely professional and has done a tremendous job with his goaltenders for a number of years in Moncton and recently with Canada’s U-18 team.”
Jean has been involved in hockey for more than 25 years as both a player and coach. He has made a name for himself most recently with Moncton, where he has worked for the previous 12 years. During Jean’s time with the Wildcats, the team has allowed the least number of goals in the league on four occasions (1999-00, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10). Jean’s goaltenders have been named defensive player of the year or goaltender of the year three times (Lajeunesse in 1999-00, Crawford in 2003-04, Riopel in 2008-09). Nicola Riopel was also named league most valuable player in 2008-09. Jean has had his goaltenders named to the first or second all-star teams on five occasions and six of his protégés have either been drafted or signed as a free agent in the NHL.
Jean began coaching at the age of 14 and has went on to coach under the supervision of some of the best hockey has to offer, including Vladislav Tretiak, Francois Allaire and Phil Myre. He also operated a goalie school with former Canadiens goaltending coach and ex-NHLer Roland Melanson.
In the summers of 2009 and 2010, Jean was selected as the goaltending consultant for the Hockey Canada Summer National Under-18 team that won the Gold Medals at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Since 2002, he has done several goaltending seminars for the Atlantic Center of Excellence and for Hockey Canada’s Advance Level 2 Coaching Program. Jean is also a member of Hockey Canada’s National Goaltending Consultants Team.
Jean played major junior hockey with St-Hyacinthe and Victoriaville of the QMJHL, and after a tryout with the Montreal Canadiens earned a scholarship to the Université de Moncton where he played for four and a half seasons, winning the 1994-95 national championship and being named to the 1992-93 AUAA First All-Star Team.