By: Hamilton Bulldogs
06/15/2012 12:33 PM
MONTREAL, QC – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the hiring of Clement Jodoin as assistant coach. He joins head coach Michel Therrien and assistant coach Gerard Gallant behind the Habs’ bench.
During the 2011-2012 season, Jodoin, 60, served as head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs, leading the team to a record of 34-35-2-5. Under the his guidance, Michael Blunden, Gabriel Dumont, Andreas Engqvist, Blake Geoffrion, Louis Leblanc, Aaron Palushaj and Frederic St-Denis were recalled by the Montreal Canadiens.
In 2008, Jodoin won gold as an assistant coach with Canada at the IIHF World Under-20 Championships in the Czech Republic. Jodoin also served as an assistant coach with Canada’s gold medal-winning teams at the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Hockey Championships.
Jodoin concluded his fourth season as head coach of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rimouski Oceanic in 2010-2011 and his 10th season as a bench boss in the league. During his four-year tenure with Rimouski, the Oceanic posted a 140-112-8-5 record (.553) in 265 regular season games. Before joining the Rimouski Oceanic, Jodoin led the QMJHL’s Lewiston MAINEiacs from 2004-2007. The Canadian Hockey League honoured him with the Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award in 2007, as he led Lewiston to the President’s Cup and a berth at the Memorial Cup.
Jodoin is a two-time winner of the QMJHL’s Coach of the Year Award, receiving the Ron Lapointe Trophy for the first time in 1997 as Head Coach and General Manager of the Halifax Mooseheads, and again in 2007 with the MAINEiacs. He was also awarded the Paul Dumont Trophy in 2005–2006 as QMJHL Personality of the Year.
Born on January 10, 1952, Jodoin is in his second stint with the Canadiens organization where he worked from 1997-2003 in various capacities. He first joined the club in 1997 as an assistant coach. In 2000-2001, he was named scout and later Director of Player Development. He returned behind the Canadiens’ bench as an assistant in 2002-2003.
A native of St-Césaire, Quebec, Jodoin began his coaching career over 30 years ago. In 1984-1985, he became the head coach of the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres Patriotes of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union. He led his team to the University Cup Championship in 1986 and to the CIAU title in 1987. Following a season as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987-1988, he returned to UQTR to coach the Patriotes bench for two seasons, winning the OUAAC Championship in 1990.
Jodoin also worked with the Québec Nordiques from 1990-1994. He spent two seasons as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Halifax Citadels (1990-1992) and two more as an assistant with the Quebec Nordiques (1992-1994).
Clement Jodoin and his wife Louise, have two daughters.
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