Long-time NHL head coach has decided to retire after parts of 19 seasons

Published July 6, 2023 at 2:06 PM

In an interview with Le Journal de Quebec, long-time National Hockey League head coach Alain Vigneault announced that he is retired and won't step back behind the bench.

When I signed my contract with the Flyers, I told those around me that it was my last. There is nothing that made me change my mind," Vigneault said.

He added, "I just turned 62 and when my contract ends I will be 63. I think it's time to enjoy life. I had a great career. Hockey has been good for me and my family. At some point, you have to have a little fun and I'm there in my life. I try to work on my golf, even if it doesn't work!"

The Quebec City native was fired by the Philadelphia Flyers in December of 2021 and has been out of the game ever since, despite being linked to a couple of vacancies this past Spring.

Vigneault was behind the bench in the National Hockey League for parts of 19 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers. In 1,363 career games coached, Vigneault has amassed a record of 722-489-117, along with 35 ties. His 722 wins has him 10th all-time on the NHL's coaching wins list. In the playoffs, he has a record of 78-77 and helped the Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2011 and 2014 respectively.

Congratulations to Alain Vigneault on a great coaching career and all the best in retirement!

Source: Le Journal de Quebec
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Long-time NHL head coach has decided to retire after parts of 19 seasons

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