Benoit Allaire begins his 17th season with the Rangers coaching staff after being named Assistant Coach and Goaltending Coach on July 15, 2004. Under the direction of Allaire, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has achieved considerable success in his NHL career. Over his 15 seasons with the Rangers, Lundqvist has established several franchise and league records, including franchise records for career appearances, wins, saves, and shutouts. Lundqvist became the first goaltender in NHL history to record 30 or more wins in 11 of his first 12 seasons, including each of his first seven seasons, and he won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender in 2011-12. Lundqvist is one of three goaltenders in NHL history who have earned 30 or more wins in at least 11 different seasons, along with Hall of Famers Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy. In 2016-17, Lundqvist became the all-time leader in wins by a European-born goaltender in NHL history and earned his 400th career NHL win in fewer appearances than any other goaltender in league history.
In addition, Allaire has assisted in the development of current Rangers goaltenders Alexandar Georgiev and Igor Shesterkin. Georgiev, Lundqvist, and Shesterkin each earned 10 or more wins last season; it was the first time in Rangers history, as well as the 12th time in NHL history, that three goaltenders earned 10 or more wins with the same team in one season. Shesterkin earned a win in nine of his first 10 NHL appearances, becoming the fourth goaltender in NHL history to accomplish the feat, and he also became the first goaltender to post a .900 SV% or better in each of his first 10 career appearances in the NHL since the league began to track saves in 1955-56.
Prior to joining the Rangers organization, Allaire spent seven seasons as the goaltending coach for the Phoenix Coyotes. He also served as the goaltending instructor for the Montreal Canadiens for one season in 1996-97. Allaire was the first to implement the hybrid style of goaltending, a combination of stand-up and butterfly, relying on quickness and reaction to the puck, while utilizing the butterfly technique in certain situations. Under the direction of Allaire, Coyotes goaltenders enjoyed tremendous improvement and success. Before joining the Coyotes organization in 1999, Sean Burke appeared in 536 NHL games and posted a 3.21 goals against average, a .895 save percentage, and 19 shutouts. While with Allaire, Burke showed noticeable improvement, 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 streak 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 3.03 goals against average and a .906 save percentage with nine shutouts (1994-95 - 1996-97). In his two seasons with Allaire (1997-98, 1998-99), Khabibulin participated in the NHL All-Star Game in both campaigns, and shaved more than half a goal off his goals against average.
A native of St. Janvier, Quebec, Allaire served as a goaltending instructor in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with three different teams: Laval, Verdun and Granby. During his tenure in the QMJHL, the goaltenders under Allaire's supervision won two President's Cups (QMJHL's championship) and played in two Memorial Cup Tournaments (1989-90 with Laval and 1991-92 with Verdun).