Official Release: Clément Jodoin joins Habs coaching staff


Montreal Canadiens’ Press Release

MONTREAL– Montreal Canadiens Executive vice president and general manager, Marc Bergevin, announced Friday the appointment of Clément Jodoin as assistant coach with the Club.

Clément Jodoin, 60, completed in 2011-12 his first season as the Hamilton Bulldogs head coach. On July 22, 2011, he became the 10th head coach in Bulldogs history.

Jodoin concluded his fourth season as head coach of the QMJHL’s Rimouski Oceanic in 2010-11 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.

In 2008, Jodoin won gold as an assistant coach with Canada’s winning entry at the World Junior Championship in Czech Republic. He had been on gold medal-winning Canadian teams at the WJC in 2006 and 2007. Before joining the Rimouski Oceanic, Jodoin led the QMJHL’s Lewiston MAINEiacs from 2004 to 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 has twice been named the QMJHL’s Coach of the Year, receiving the Ron Lapointe Trophy for the first time in 1997 as head coach / GM of the Halifax Mooseheads, and again in 2007 with the MAINEiacs. He was also awarded the Paul Dumont Trophy in 2005–06 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 to 2003 in various capacities. He first joined the club in 1997 as an assistant coach. In 2000-01, he was named scout and later Director of Player Development. He returned behind the Canadiens’ bench as an assistant in 2002-03.

A native of St-Césaire, Quebec, Jodoin began his coaching career over 30 years ago. In 1984-85, he became the head coach of the UQTR Patriotes of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union. He led his team to the Championship in 1986 and to the CIAU title in 1987. Following a season as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987-88, 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 between 1990 and 1994. He spent two seasons as head coach of the AHL’s Halifax Citadels (1990-92) and two more as an assistant with the Québec Nordiques (1992-94).

Clément Jodoin and his wife Louise, have two daughters.