Benoit Allaire begins his 14th 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. Over his first 12 seasons with the Rangers, Lundqvist has established several franchise and league records, including franchise records for career appearances, wins, saves, and shutouts. Lundqvist is also 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. In addition, Lundqvist is one of three goaltenders in NHL history who have earned 30 or more wins in at least 11 different seasons, along with 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 win in fewer appearances than any other goaltender in league history. Lundqvist enters the 2017-18 season ranked 10th on the NHL's all-time wins list.
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 for six seasons (1989-95) in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with three different teams: Laval, Verdun and Granby. During his stay in the QMJHL, the goaltenders under Allaire's supervision won two President's Cups (QMJHL's championship) and played in two Memorial Cup Tournaments.
Allaire and his wife, Lyne Chalut, live in New York City.