Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Alain Vigneault
Alain Vigneault joined the St. Louis Blues organization after two years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Vigneault was a mid-round pick of the Blues and turned professional with their farm club in Salt Lake in 1981-82. Vigneault played 64 games in the Central League with Salt Lake that season, but also got called up to the Blues briefly.

Vigneault suited up for 14 games and was able to score a goal and add two assists in that stretch. After completing a successful rookie campaign, Vigneault was able to build on his good start and appeared in 28 games the following year. Again the defenseman was able to score a goal and added 3 assists this time for his last NHL points.

The 1983-84 campaign was the third and final year as a player for Alain Vigneault. He signed on with th Montana Magic of the Central League, but also spent some time with the Mainer Mariners of the American League then hung up his skates.

After just two years away from the game, Vigneault returned to the hockey rink, this time as a coach. Vigneualt took the head coaching reigns for Trois Rivieres of the QMJHL, a club he spent parts of two Junior seasons with as a player. He then spent five years coaching the Hull Olympics after their coach, Pat Burns, was hired by the Montreal Canadiens to coach their farm team. Vigneault then moved on to the NHL and became an assistant coach with the expansion Ottawa Senators. Vigneault returned to the QMJHL in 1995 for one more season, this time guiding the Beauport Harfangs. Following that campaign he was hired by the Montreal Canadiens to be their head coach. Vigneault, who became the youngest coach in the Canadiens illustrious history, made an immediate impact on the club, which upset the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs under Vigneault's guidance. However, his luck would soon change and the Canadiens, plagued by injuries and poor trades soon lost their competitive edge, though Vigneualt continued to excel with what he had. Despite his team just missing the playoffs in 1999-2000, Vigneault's solid coaching with a team literally stripped bare by injuries earned him a Jack Adams nomination as the NHL's Coach of the Year. Just 20 games into the following season, with the team again riddled with injuries and their fortunes sagging, Alain Vigneault was fired in a front office purge. He caught on with his former team, the St. Louis Blues as a scout shortly after.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 59 11 35 46 92 4 0 1 1 20
1978-79 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 72 13 41 54 217
1979-80 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 35 5 34 39 82
1979-80 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 28 6 19 25 93 7 1 5 6 30
1980-81 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 67 7 55 62 181 19 4 6 10 53
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 14 1 2 3 43 -1
1981-82 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 64 2 10 12 266 7 1 1 2 37
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 28 1 3 4 39 -4 4 0 1 1 26
1982-83 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 33 1 4 5 189
1983-84 Montana Magic CHL 47 2 14 16 139
1983-84 Maine Mariners AHL 11 0 1 1 46 1 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 42 2 5 7 82 4 0 1 1 26


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