Former Hound named Canucks goaltender coach


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.

canucksDuring 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.

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Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.