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Rangers Name Benoit Allaire Assistant and Goaltending Coach

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Benoit Allaire has been named assistant and goaltending coach. Allaire, who served as goaltending coach for the Phoenix Coyotes since 1997, will be responsible for the development of all goaltenders within the organization and analyzing potential amateur prospects, as well as assisting head coach Tom Renney with all coaching duties.

"The goaltending position is the cornerstone of any successful franchise, and we feel Benoit will provide all of our goaltenders with the guidance necessary for them to develop and excel," said Sather. "His record of success in bolstering the play of those under his direction speaks for itself. We are confident Benoit will have a significant impact on the performance of all our netminders."

Prior to coming to New York, Allaire spent seven seasons as the goaltending coach for the Phoenix Coyotes. Under the direction of Allaire, the Coyotes goaltenders enjoyed tremendous improvement and success. Before joining the Coyotes organization in 1999, Sean Burke appeared in 536 NHL matches and posted a 3.21 goals against average and .895 save percentage and 19 shutouts. While with Allaire, Burke's play improved significantly, appearing in 211 matches with Phoenix and recording a 2.39 goals against average, a .919 save percentage and 15 shutouts. He was also nominated for both the Vezina and Lester B. Pearson Trophies following the 2001-02 season and appeared in the NHL All-Star Game twice (2001, 2002). Additionally, Coyotes goaltender Brian Boucher established a new modern NHL record shutout sequence from December 22, 2003 to January 11, 2004, going 332:01 without allowing a goal and recording five shutouts. Stanley Cup winning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin also posted significantly improved statistics under the tutelage of Allaire. Prior to Allaire joining Phoenix, Khabibulin posted a 3.02 goals against average and a .906 save percentage with nine shutouts (1994-95 - 1996-97). Over his two seasons with Allaire (1997-98, 1998-99), Khabibulin twice participated in the NHL All-Star Game and shaved more than half a goal off his goals against average. In 133 games under Allaire, he registered a 2.45 goals against average and a .911 save percentage and 12 shutouts. A native of St. Janvier, Quebec, Allaire also served as the goaltending instructor for the Montreal Canadiens for one season in 1996-1997. Before joining the professional ranks, he served as a goaltending instructor for six seasons (1989-95) in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with three different teams: Laval, Verdun and Granby. During his QMJHL tenure, the goaltenders under Allaire's supervision won two President's Cups (QMJHL's championship) and played in two Memorial Cup Tournaments (Canadian Hockey League championship). In the past, Allaire has helped develop some of the game's best young goaltenders including Jose Theodore, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Mathieu Garon and Sebastien Caron.
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