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2016-17 New York Rangers Yearbook

ALAIN VIGNEAULT Head Coach Alain Vigneault is currently in his fourth season with the Rangers after being named Head Coach on June 21, 2013. Entering the 2016-17 season, Vigneault led all NHL head coaches in regular season wins over the last 10 seasons (2006-07 - 2015-16) with 457. In addition, he was tied for second among NHL head coaches in playoff series coached (20) and playoff games coached (117) over the span. In Vigneault’s first three seasons with the Rangers (2013-14 – 2015-16), the team earned 144 wins, which is tied for the most wins over any three-season span in franchise history. In addition, the Blueshirts’ 99 wins over the last two seasons are the most the team has registered in a two-season span in franchise history. On October 9, 2015, Vigneault earned his 100th regular season win as the Rangers’ Head Coach, reaching the milestone in fewer games (166) than any other head coach in franchise history. Vigneault coached his 1,000th career NHL game on December 11, 2015, becoming the 23rd head coach in league history to reach the milestone. In his first three seasons with the Rangers, Vigneault posted a 144-80-22 record in 246 regular season contests. Entering this season, Vigneault led all Rangers head coaches in points percentage (min. 100 regular season games coached) in franchise history (.630). In addition, Vigneault has posted a 25-24 record in 49 playoff games with the Blueshirts, and the team has won five playoff series during the span. Vigneault has led his team to a division title in six of the last eight seasons and in seven of the last 10 seasons. He is one of two NHL head coaches who have captured the Presidents’ Trophy at least three times since the award was first presented in 1985-86. On February 14, 2015, Vigneault became the 21st head coach in NHL history to earn 500 career NHL wins and the first to accomplish the feat with the Rangers. In 2014-15, Vigneault helped the Rangers establish single-season franchise records in wins (53) and points (113) while capturing the Presidents’ Trophy for posting the league’s top record during the regular season. In recognition of his efforts, Vigneault was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top head coach. In 2013-14, Vigneault led the Rangers to a 45-31-6 record during the regular season and helped the team reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years. Vigneault joined the Rangers after serving as Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks for seven seasons. Under his guidance, Vancouver compiled a 313-170-57 record in 540 regular season games. The Canucks won the Presidents’ Trophy in back-to-back seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) and reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2010-11. In his first season with the Canucks in 2006-07, Vancouver earned 49 wins and 105 points - both franchise records at the time - to capture the Northwest Division title. Vigneault received the Jack Adams Award following that season in recognition of his achievements. The Quebec City, Quebec, native previously served as Head Coach of the Montreal Canadiens from 1997-98 to 2000-01, becoming the second youngest coach in the club’s history at the age of 36. In his first season with Montreal, he led the Canadiens to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Vigneault appeared in 42 NHL games over two seasons with the St. Louis Blues from 1981-82 to 1982-83. Originally selected by the Blues in the eighth round, 167th overall, of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, the defenseman registered two goals, five assists, and 82 penalty minutes in his NHL career. Vigneault has two daughters, Andreane and Janie.


2016-17 New York Rangers Yearbook
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