Éric Veilleux joins Syracuse Crunch coaching staff

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (SYRACUSE CRUNCH) –

The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired Éric Veilleux as a Syracuse Crunch assistant coach, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Veilleux, 47, joins the organization after serving as head coach for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for the 2018-19 season. Under his guidance, the Mooseheads posted a 49-15-2-2 record, second-best in franchise history, and reached both the 2019 Rogers President Cup Final and Memorial Cup Championship.

“I am very pleased and grateful to have Éric join our coaching staff,” BriseBois said. “Éric has a wealth of coaching experience and is a proven winner. He is a great addition to our organization and our players in Syracuse will greatly benefit from getting to work with him. With Ben Groulx, Gilles Bouchard and Éric, we have three men with long track records as successful head coaches and the Crunch has a coaching staff we can be very proud of.”

Prior to joining Halifax, the Quebec City, Quebec native spent two seasons as head coach for the San Antonio Rampage. He also spent one season as head coach of the Norfolk Admirals during their inaugural ECHL campaign after making his professional coaching debut as an assistant with the Admirals in their final AHL season in 2014-15.

Veilleux has also been head coach with the QMJHL’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar from 2012 to 2014 and Shawinigan Cataractes from 2005 to 2012. He has appeared in four President Cup Finals, won the CHL Coach of the Year Award in 2013-14 and led Shawinigan to a Memorial Cup Championship in 2012.

As a player, Veilleux skated in 447 career AHL games as a forward with the Lowell Lock Monsters, Kentucky Thoroughblades, Hershey Bears and Cornwall Aces compiling 280 points (106g, 174a). He claimed the Calder Cup with Hershey in 1996-97.

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2019-2020 Syracuse Crunch Home Games:

  • Saturday, October 19 at 7 p.m. vs. Charlotte Checkers
  • Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Sunday, October 27 at 5 p.m. vs. Toronto Marlies
  • Friday, November 1 at 7 p.m. vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
  • Saturday, November 2 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m. vs. Belleville Senators
  • Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m. vs. Cleveland Monsters
  • Saturday, November 23 at 7 p.m. vs. Hartford Wolf Pack
  • Friday, November 29 at 7 p.m. vs. Laval Rocket
  • Wednesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. vs. Charlotte Checkers
  • Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m. vs. Laval Rocket
  • Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
  • Friday, December 20 at 7 p.m. vs. Belleville Senators
  • Saturday, December 21 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Friday, December 27 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Friday, January 3 at 7 p.m. vs. Toronto Marlies
  • Friday, January 10 at 7 p.m. vs. Laval Rocket
  • Saturday, January 11 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m. vs. Springfield Thunderbirds
  • Monday, January 20 at 1 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Friday, January 24 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Saturday, January 25 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Saturday, February 1 at 7 p.m. vs. Providence Bruins
  • Friday, February 14 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Saturday, February 15 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Friday, February 21 at 7 p.m. vs. Cleveland Monsters
  • Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m. vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms
  • Friday, February 28 at 7 p.m. vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
  • Saturday, February 29 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. vs. Belleville Senators
  • Tuesday, March 17 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. vs. Hershey Bears
  • Saturday, April 4 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. vs. Toronto Marlies
  • Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets

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