Alain Nasreddine

Alain Jean-Paul Mohammed Nasreddine (born July 10, 1975) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the assistant to the head coach for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He played as a defenceman in the NHL.

Alain Nasreddine
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Nasreddine with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2006
Born (1975-07-10) July 10, 1975 (age 46)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
NationalityCanadian
OccupationIce hockey coach, player

Coaching career
PositionAssistant head coach
General managerTom Fitzgerald
TeamNew Jersey Devils
Years as NHL player1995–2008
Years as a coach2010–present
Years as an NHL coach2019–2020
Years with current team2015–present
Ice hockey career
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
Montreal Canadiens
New York Islanders
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 135th overall, 1993
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1995–2010

Playing careerEdit

Nasreddine played junior ice hockey with the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He was selected in the sixth round, 135th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

Nasreddine has played for six different NHL organizations, but mostly played in the minor leagues. He saw very limited NHL duty with the Chicago Blackhawks (seven games), Montreal Canadiens (eight games), New York Islanders (three games), and the Pittsburgh Penguins (56 games). In 2008, he signed with the Sinupret Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga,[1] and after two seasons in the DEL was released on June 12, 2010, following the 2009–10 season.[citation needed]

Coaching careerEdit

On August 20, 2010, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) named Nasreddine their new assistant coach.[2]

On June 17, 2015, Nasreddine was named an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils.[3]

On December 3, 2019, Nasreddine was named interim head coach of the Devils.[4] On October 2, 2020, he was retained as an assistant coach of the Devils after the hiring of Lindy Ruff as head coach on July 9.[5][6]

Personal lifeEdit

Nasreddine grew up in Saint-Leonard, Quebec, the son of Akram, a Lebanese Muslim immigrant, and Francine, a French-Canadian Catholic. He has one younger brother, Samy, who was also an ice hockey player. Akram owns a pizza chain in Montreal, Pizza Madonna, and has previously owned other restaurants and a convenience store.[7] He is one of four NHL players of Lebanese descent, along with John Hanna, Ed Hatoum, and Nazem Kadri.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 61 1 9 10 78 4 0 0 0 17
1992–93 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 64 0 14 14 137 10 0 1 1 36
1993–94 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 60 3 24 27 218 26 2 10 12 118
1994–95 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 67 8 31 39 342 13 3 5 8 40
1995–96 Carolina Monarchs AHL 63 0 5 5 245
1996–97 Indianapolis Ice IHL 49 0 2 2 248 4 1 1 2 27
1996–97 Carolina Monarchs AHL 26 0 4 4 109
1997–98 Indianapolis Ice IHL 75 1 12 13 258 5 0 2 2 12
1998–99 Portland Pirates AHL 7 0 1 1 36
1998–99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 38 0 10 10 108 15 0 3 3 39
1998–99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 0 0 0 19
1998–99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 8 0 0 0 33
1999–2000 Quebec Citadelles AHL 59 1 6 7 178
1999–2000 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 11 0 0 0 12 10 1 1 2 14
2000–01 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 74 4 14 18 164
2001–02 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 79 7 10 17 154 12 1 3 4 22
2002–03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 67 3 9 12 114 9 0 0 0 27
2002–03 New York Islanders NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2003–04 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 53 1 6 7 70
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 17 1 1 2 16 24 1 0 1 4
2004–05 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 75 3 14 17 129 11 0 1 1 18
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 71 0 12 12 71
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 0 0 0 8
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 19 3 5 8 25
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 44 1 4 5 18
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 0 0 0 4
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 67 6 10 16 61 22 2 3 5 16
2008–09 Sinupret Ice Tigers DEL 38 2 8 10 64 4 0 1 1 16
2009–10 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers DEL 55 1 9 10 82 5 0 4 4 8
NHL totals 74 1 4 5 84

Head coaching recordEdit

NHLEdit

Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L OTL Pts Finish W L Win% Result
NJD 2019–20 43 19 16 8 (46) 8th in Metropolitan Missed playoffs
Total 43 19 16 8      

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alain Nasreddine vom Pinguin zum Eistiger". eishockey.info (in German). June 13, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "Nasreddine returns to WBS as asst. coach". theahl.com. August 20, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  3. ^ "Devils name Geoff Ward, Alain Nasreddine as assistant coaches". NHL.com. June 17, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "RELEASE: Devils Name Nasreddine Interim Head Coach". NHL.com. December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Bogart, Catherine (October 2, 2020). "BLOG: Fitzgerald Gives Devils Coaching Staff Updates". NHL.com. Retrieved October 26, 2020. Fitzgerald confirmed that Alain Nasreddine will remain on staff as an Assistant Coach. Nasreddine served as the Interim Head Coach from December 2019 until the hiring of Head Coach Lindy Ruff in July 2020.
  6. ^ "RELEASE: Devils Name Lindy Ruff Head Coach". NHL.com. July 9, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  7. ^ Masisak, Corey (March 23, 2020). "A 'real hustler,' Alain Nasreddine earned his chance with..." The Athletic. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  8. ^ Diab, Jasmin Lilian (October 12, 2019). "Meet a Lebanese-Canadian Hockey Player Who Made it to the NHL". The961. Retrieved June 24, 2020.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Rob Scuderi
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins captain
2004–2006
Succeeded by
Micki Dupont
Preceded by
John Hynes
Head coach of the New Jersey Devils
(interim)

2019–2020
Succeeded by
Lindy Ruff