Today, the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks have announced that 40 year old Dan Cloutier has been named the club’s new goaltender coach.
Cloutier, who was born in Mont-Laurier, Quebec, played in the Ontario Hockey League from 1992-1996 with the Soo Greyhounds and Guelph Storm.
During his Ontario Hockey League playing career, Cloutier was part of the Soo Greyhounds Memorial Cup champion team in 1993, and as a member of the Guelph Storm in 1996, he shared the Dave Pinkney Trophy with goaltender and teammate Brett Thompson for the Ontario Hockey League’s lowest team goals against average.
In 1994, Cloutier became the first and only Soo Greyhound goalie to ever be drafted in the first round in the National Hockey League, after he was picked up 26th overall by the New York Rangers.
Throughout his National Hockey League playing career from 1997-2008, the former Hounds goalie played with four different teams, including the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightening, Vancouver Canucks, and Los Angeles Kings.
In 351 career games in the National Hockey League, Cloutier recorded 139 wins, 142 losses, 33 ties, 4 overtime losses, a 2.77 goals against average, a .899 save percentage, and 15 shutouts.
Cloutier, who worked with the Vancouver Canucks over the last four years as a goaltending consultant, takes over for Rollie Melanson.