Alain Vigneault is the 16th Head Coach in Vancouver Canucks history. Since his appointment on June 20, 2006, Vigneault has led the Canucks to two Presidents¹ Trophies, a Stanley Cup Final appearance, and five Northwest Division titles and postseason berths in six seasons with the club. Vigneault¹s combined regular season record (287-155-50) entering the 2012.13 season represents the most successful winning percentage (.634) by a Vancouver Head Coach, while his 287 career wins rank first all-time in franchise history.
In 2011.12 Vigneault guided the club to a 51-22-9 record, leading the club to it's second consecutive Presidents' Trophy.
Vigneault¹s inaugural season with Vancouver was the also the club¹s most successful regular season at that date in time. The Canucks set franchise records for wins (49), points (105) and captured the Northwest Division title, earning a playoff berth for the first time since 2003.04. In recognition of these significant achievements, Vigneault was presented with the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year at the 2007 NHL Awards in Toronto.
Vigneault previously served as Head Coach of the Montreal Canadiens from 1997-2001, becoming the organization¹s second youngest coach in club history at the age of 36. He compiled an NHL record of 109-118-35-4, reaching the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during his first season behind the Canadiens bench and was nominated for the Jack Adams Award, following the 1999-2000 season.
Vigneault joined Vancouver from the club¹s AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, where he led the team to within one game of the conference finals. In the 2005.06 season, his first season as Head Coach with the Moose, Vigneault guided the club to a 44-24-7 record.
Prior to joining the Moose, Vigneault spent 10 seasons as Head Coach in the QMJHL with Trois-Rivieres, Hull, Beauport and PEI. In 1988, Vigneault led the Olympiques to the Memorial Cup and was subsequently named CHL Coach of the Year. He has been honoured as coach of the QMJHL¹s Second All-Star team on three separate occasions.
Vigneault has also achieved success on the international stage. He served as an Assistant Coach with Canada¹s National Junior Team in 1989 and 1991, winning a gold medal at the 1991 World Junior Championships in Saskatoon.
The Quebec-native began his career in the NHL playing for the St. Louis Blues from 1981 to 1983. Drafted by the Blues in the eighth round, 167th overall in the 1981 Entry Draft, the defenceman recorded two goals, five assists and 82 penalty minutes in his NHL career. Vigneault went on to serve as a scout for the Blues for two seasons and as an Assistant Coach for the Ottawa Senators from 1992 to 1996.