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Frantz Jean - Goaltending Coach

The Lightning named FRANTZ JEAN as goaltending coach on September 7, 2010. Currently entering his ninth season, he works with and develops all goaltenders in the organization. Jean has been involved in coaching for nearly 30 years.

During his tenure with the Lightning, Jean helped guide the organization's goaltenders to the 2018 Eastern Conference Final, 2016 Eastern Conference Final, 2015 Stanley Cup Final, 2014 NHL Conference Quarterfinal, 2013 Calder Cup Final (AHL), 2012 Calder and Kelly Cup (ECHL) Championships as well as the 2011 NHL Eastern Conference Final. He has been instrumental in aiding the transition of Russian phenom Andrei Vasilevskiy to the North American style of play. The 24-year-old excelled in his first full season as the Lightning's No. 1 netminder, being named to the NHL All-Star Game and as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded annual to the league's top netminder. He also helped the Lightning to the Eastern Conference Final, falling one game short of the team's third trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Vasilevskiy also represented Russia internationally at the 2017 World Championships and was named the tournament top goaltender after going 6-2 with a 1.72 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage with three shutouts. 

During his time in Tampa Bay, Jean has helped produce two Vezina Trophy finalists with Ben Bishop, recognized twice during his time with Tampa Bay, joining Vasilevskiy. Bishop was also named to the 2016 NHL All-Star Game and became the franchise's all-time leader in numerous goaltending statistical categories.

Prior to joining Tampa Bay, Jean spent 12 years with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL. During Jean's time with the Wildcats, the team won two league championships (2005-06, 2009-10) and allowed the least number of goals in a season on four occasions. Under his mentorship, Wildcats goalies have earned league MVP, defensive player of the year, goaltender of the year, first and second team All-Star team awards and several league goaltending records. Jean was also a member of the coaching staff on the 2009 and 2010 Hockey Canada Under 18 teams that won gold medals at the Ivan Hlinka international tournament. 

Jean played major junior hockey with St. Hyacinthe and Victoriaville of the QMJHL, and after a tryout with the Montreal Canadiens in 1991, earned a scholarship to the Université de Moncton where he played for four and a half seasons with les Aigles Bleus, winning the 1994-95 national championship and being named to the 1992-93 AUAA First All-Star Team. Jean was also a member of Hockey Canada's National Goaltending Consultants Team from 2006-11.


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