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Benoit Groulx (ice hockey)

Benoit Groulx (born January 30, 1968) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He is currently the head coach of the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL and formerly the head coach and general manager for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL.[1]

Benoit Groulx
Born (1968-01-30) January 30, 1968 (age 51)
Hull, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Viry-Châtillon EH
Brest Albatros Hockey
Dragons de Rouen
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1989–2000

Groulx played major junior hockey with the Granby Bisons of the QMJHL.

In 2000, following an 11-year professional career played mostly in France, Groulx turned to coaching, taking an assistant position with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL. He became a head coach during the 2000–01 QMJHL season when he replaced John Chabot to take the reins of the Hull Olympiques, which was changed to the Gatineau Olympiques in 2003 following the city's amalgamation in 2002, where he won the 2003–04 Ron Lapointe Trophy as the QMJHL coach of the year. He was a head coach in the American Hockey League with the Rochester Americans for both the 2008–09 and 2009–10 AHL seasons, but re-join the Gatineau Olympiques in 2010.

After serving as assistant coach under Brent Sutter at the 2014 World Junior Championships, he was named head coach for Team Canada for the 2015 World Junior Championships.[2]

He was named head coach of the Syracuse Crunch on May 10, 2016, replacing Rob Zettler.[3] In his first season as head coach, he led the Crunch to the Calder Cup Finals and an Eastern Conference title. His second season as head coach of the Crunch was also success. His Crunch had a 10-game winning streak and a 7-game win streak at certain points, in which the 10-game win streak lasted from November 22, 2017 to December 15, 2017. The 7-game win streak lasted from March 14, 2018 to March 30, 2018. He also led the Crunch to their highest win percentage in franchise history, a .658 win percentage. The Crunch easily did away with Rochester in the first round sweeping the Americans, 3-0. However, the Crunch were swept by the eventual Calder Cup Champions, the Toronto Marlies, 4-0, in the second round. In the following season, the Crunch had their best regular season in their history, but were upset in round 1 by the Cleveland Monsters.

He achieved 200 professional coaching wins on March 30, 2019 while coaching the Syracuse Crunch. The Crunch beat the Utica Comets 6-2. [4]

Award Year
Ron Lapointe Trophy - QMJHL Coach of the Year 2003–04 [5]
AHL All-Star Game North Division Coach 2016–17, 2018–19

Coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
ROC 2008–09 80 29 43 - 8 66 7th, North Missed Playoffs
ROC 2009–10 80 44 33 - 3 91 2nd, North Lost in Round 1
SYR 2016–17 76 38 24 - 14 90 1st, North Lost in Finals
SYR 2017–18 76 46 22 - 8 100 2nd, North Lost in Round 2
SYR 2018–19 76 47 21 - 8 102 1st, North Lost in Round 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gatineau Olympiques - Hockey Staff". en.olympiquesdegatineau.ca. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.torontosun.com/2014/06/12/qmjhls-benoit-groulx-named-canadas-world-junior-coach
  3. ^ https://www.nhl.com/lightning/news/lightning-hire-benoit-groulx-to-become-head-coach-of-syracuse-crunch/c-882228
  4. ^ @SyracuseCrunch (March 30, 2019). "Congratulations, Coach. 👊" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "Gatineau Olympiques - Record Book". en.olympiquesdegatineau.ca. Retrieved March 1, 2014.

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