J. J. Daigneault

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J. J. Daigneault
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Born (1965-10-12) October 12, 1965 (age 55)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Vancouver Canucks
Philadelphia Flyers
Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues
Pittsburgh Penguins
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
New York Islanders
Nashville Predators
Phoenix Coyotes
Minnesota Wild
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1984
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 19842001

Jean-Jacques Daigneault (born October 12, 1965) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League from 1984 to 2000. He was the head coach of the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2019 to 2021. [1] [2] He also served as an assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL from 2012 until the end of the 2017–18 NHL season. [3] [4]

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Playing career

As a youth, Daigneault and his teammate Mario Lemieux, played in the 1977 and 1978 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with a minor ice hockey team from Ville-Émard. [5]

Daigneault was selected tenth overall in the first round of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. Daigneault is one of the most well-travelled players in NHL history. When he joined his tenth team, the Minnesota Wild, in 2000, he tied the NHL record held by Michel Petit. The record has since been broken by Mike Sillinger. Daigneault remains tied for second in the category, along with Petit and Jim Dowd.

Daigneault played for the Vancouver Canucks (1984–851985–86), Philadelphia Flyers (1986–871987–88), Montreal Canadiens (1989–901995–96), St. Louis Blues (1995–96), Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96 – 1996–97), Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97 – 1997–98), New York Islanders (1997–98), Nashville Predators (1998–99), Phoenix Coyotes (1998–99 – 1999–2000), and Minnesota Wild (2000–01). He played in the Stanley Cup finals with Philadelphia in 1987, and was a key member of the Montreal Canadiens as they won their 24th Stanley Cup in 1993.

1987 Stanley Cup Finals

Daigneault's earliest fame at the NHL level came when he scored the winning goal for the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth game of the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers. Daigneault had scored only six goals during the regular season, and, up to that point, had zero points in 8 playoff games. In 2006 this game was voted the eighth-greatest game in Philadelphia Flyers history according to fan voting. [6]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1980–81Montreal-ConcordiaQMAAA487485595
1981–82 Laval Voisins QMJHL 644252941181342
1982–83 Longueuil Chevaliers QMJHL7026588458154111535
1983–84 Canada Intl626152140
1983–84 Longueuil ChevaliersQMJHL10211136143131630
1984–85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 674232769
1985–86 Vancouver CanucksNHL64523284530220
1986–87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL77616225691010
1987–88 Hershey Bears AHL 101568
1987–88 Philadelphia FlyersNHL2822412
1988–89 Hershey BearsAHL120101013
1988–89 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL631033434861342
1989–90 Sherbrooke CanadiensAHL288192718
1989–90 Montreal Canadiens NHL36210121490002
1990–91 Montreal CanadiensNHL51316193150110
1991–92 Montreal CanadiensNHL794141836110334
1992–93 Montreal CanadiensNHL6681018572013422
1993–94 Montreal CanadiensNHL682121473701112
1994–95 Montreal CanadiensNHL4535840
1995–96 Montreal CanadiensNHL70116
1995–96 St. Louis Blues NHL3713424
1995–96 Worcester IceCats AHL91101110
1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL133362317191036
1996–97 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL533141736
1996–97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL132911221127916
1997–98 Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL532151728
1997–98 New York Islanders NHL1806621
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL3522438
1998–99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL350773260008
1999–2000 Phoenix CoyotesNHL531672210000
2000–01 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 44891718
2000–01 Minnesota Wild NHL10002
2001–02 EHC Biel-Bienne CHE II 75271420000
NHL totals899531972506879952631100

International

YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1984 Canada WJC 70222
1984 Canada OG 71120

Coaching career

SeasonsTeamLeagueRole
2005–2006 Phoenix RoadRunners ECHL Assistant coach
2007–2012 Hartford Wolf Pack American Hockey League Assistant coach
2012–2018 Montreal Canadiens National Hockey League Assistant coach
2018–2019 San Antonio Rampage American Hockey LeagueAssistant coach
2019–2021 Halifax Mooseheads Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Head coach

Personal life

Daigneault and his wife Janie have three daughters, Valerie, Gabrielle and Juliette. All three of the girls were born in a different state where Daigneault was playing at the time. The family resides in Dorval, Quebec.

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References

  1. "Halifax Mooseheads Hire J.J. Daigneault as Head Coach". OurSports Central. July 9, 2019.
  2. "Mooseheads Dismiss Daigneault". OurSports Central. April 22, 2021.
  3. "Canadiens hire Jean-Jacques Daigneault as assistant-coach". NHL.com.
  4. "Dominique Ducharme named assistant coach with the Canadiens". NHL.com.
  5. "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  6. "Flyers Victory Over Boston to Clinch First Stanley Cup Named Greatest Game". Philadelphia Flyers. August 14, 2006. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
Preceded by
Cam Neely
Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick
1984
Succeeded by
Jim Sandlak