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.
|Occupation||Ice hockey coach, player|
|Position||Assistant head coach|
|General manager||Tom Fitzgerald|
|Team||New Jersey Devils|
|Years as NHL player||1995–2008|
|Years as a coach||2010–present|
|Years as an NHL coach||2019–2020|
|Years with current team||2015–present|
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, and after two seasons in the DEL was released on June 12, 2010, following the 2009–10 season.
On December 3, 2019, Nasreddine was named interim head coach of the Devils. 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.
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. He is one of four NHL players of Lebanese descent, along with John Hanna, Ed Hatoum, and Nazem Kadri.
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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|
Head coaching recordEdit
|NJD||2019–20||43||19||16||8||(46)||8th in Metropolitan||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
- "Alain Nasreddine vom Pinguin zum Eistiger". eishockey.info (in German). June 13, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
- "Nasreddine returns to WBS as asst. coach". theahl.com. August 20, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
- "Devils name Geoff Ward, Alain Nasreddine as assistant coaches". NHL.com. June 17, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
- "RELEASE: Devils Name Nasreddine Interim Head Coach". NHL.com. December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
- 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.
- "RELEASE: Devils Name Lindy Ruff Head Coach". NHL.com. July 9, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
- Masisak, Corey (March 23, 2020). "A 'real hustler,' Alain Nasreddine earned his chance with..." The Athletic. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
- Diab, Jasmin Lilian (October 12, 2019). "Meet a Lebanese-Canadian Hockey Player Who Made it to the NHL". The961. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database