Former 'Q' Players Named To Bulldogs Coaching Staff
Source: Montreal Gazette Newspaper
MONTREAL - Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Wednesday the appointment of Donald Dufresne as assistant coach and Vincent Riendeau as goaltending consultant with the Bulldogs, the club's AHL affiliate in Hamilton. The Canadiens also confirmed the hiring of Ethan Moreau as part time professional scout (Western Conference).
A native of Quebec City, Dufresne was selected 117th overall by the Canadiens in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. Dufresne, now 45, began his professional hockey career with the Canadiens AHL affiliate team in Sherbrooke. After five seasons with the Montreal organization, he went on to play with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers. In nine seasons, Dufresne played 268 NHL games recording 42 points (6 goals and 36 assists) and etched his name on the Stanley Cup in 1993 as a member of the Canadiens.
Following his active playing career in 1998, Dufresne settled in Rimouski where he joined the Oceanic coaching staff as an assistant for the 2000-01 season. He held a similar position with the Quebec Citadelles the following season before
returning to Rimouski as head coach from 2003 to 2005 and taking his team to the league championship in 2005. After a few years away from the team, Dufresne returned to the Oceanic as an assistant coach in 2008-09 along with the duties of assistant general manager over three of the past four seasons.
Riendeau began his professional hockey career with the Canadiens minor league affiliate, the Sherbrooke Canadiens, after signing as a free agent in the fall of 1986. After two seasons with the farm team, he moved on to St. Louis, playing with the Blues from 1988 to 1992, the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins. Over his NHL career, he recorded 85 wins, including 5 shutouts, 65 losses and 20 ties in 184 games.
Following his retirement in 2001, after playing in Europe, he became a goaltending consultant in the Toronto Maple Leafs' organization. In 2004-05, he joined the QMJHL Cape Breton Screaming Eagles as goaltender coach. Since 2005, he has been working with various European league teams on a consulting basis. Now 46, Riendeau owns a goaltending school with summer camps in several Quebec areas, and runs the Vincent Riendeau Hockey School at the North American Hockey Academy, in Vermont.
Moreau played 928 regular season games in the NHL with Chicago, Edmonton, Columbus and Los Angeles.
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