Chuck Fletcher and the Philadelphia Flyers have made a decision.
Alain Vigneault has been named the 21st head coach in franchise history as he was signed to a multi-year contract, the team announced Monday afternoon.
Vigneault is currently serving as the head coach for Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Championships and most recently coached the New York Rangers in the NHL.
“We are extremely excited to have Alain join this franchise and lead our team behind the bench for many years to come,” said Fletcher. “He brings a tremendous amount of success over an extended period of time that will prove valuable to our team to take the next steps in returning the winning culture to the Philadelphia Flyers organization.”
“It is an honor to be selected as the next head coach of the Flyers,” said Vigneault. “The history they have established and the passionate fan base has made this a first-class franchise. I am excited to work with Chuck, the talented group of players and prospects coming up through the system, in order to return Philadelphia to the top of the NHL landscape.”
He started his coaching career in Montreal with the Canadiens from 1997-98 through 2000-01. He then moved on to Vancouver from 2006-07 through 2012-13, winning the Jack Adams in 2006-07. His team has won the Presidents’ Trophy three times, in 2010-11, and 2011-12 with Vancouver, and in 2014-15 with the Rangers.
In his 15 full seasons as a head coach, eight of his teams have finished with 100 points or better. A ninth team, Vancouver in 2012-13, achieved 59 points during the lockout-shortened campaign for a points percentage of .610, equivalent to a 100-point season.
Vigneault has coached in 139 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, including trips to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011 with the Vancouver Canucks as Western Conference Champions, and again in 2014 with the New York Rangers as Eastern Conference Champions.
With Joel Quenneville off the board after heading to the Florida Panthers, AV’s name cropped up as one the Flyers were interested in. He isn’t Coach Q, but he has experience and will look to take this team to the next level.