On May 2, 2012, Marc Bergevin became the 17th general manager in Montreal Canadiens history. He now also serves as general manger of the IceCaps. A native of Montreal, Bergevin, 50, spent seven years as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks management before joining the Canadiens, including assistant to the Hawks’ general manager Stan Bowman during the 2011-12 season.
Bergevin held several positions within the Blackhawks organization, including director of player personnel for two seasons, from 2009 to 2011, winning the Stanley Cup in his first season in this role in 2009-10. Bergevin also had a stint as an assistant coach in 2008-09 after spending the previous three years on the Blackhawks scouting staff, including one season as director of professional scouting in 2007-08. A third round selection, 59th overall, by the Blackhawks in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, Bergevin enjoyed a 20-year career as a defenceman in the NHL. His professional journey began in Chicago where he played for the Blackhawks from 1984 to 1988 moving on to the New York Islanders on November 25, 1988. On October 30, 1990, he was dealt to Hartford and played with the Whalers until 1992. Bergevin joined Tampa Bay as a free agent on July 9, 1992 and would remain in the Sunshine State for three seasons, until 1995. On August 17, 1995, he was acquired by the Detroit Red Wings, and after one season in Motown, he signed as a free agent with St. Louis on July 31, 1996, and remained with the Blues until December 28, 2000, when he was traded to Pittsburgh. After 36 games with the Pens, he returned to St. Louis in 2001 and would make a return to Pittsburgh on July 18, 2002 before being acquired by the Lightning on March 11, 2003. The following day he would return to Pittsburgh for the third time when the Pens picked him up.
Bergevin would end his NHL career as a member of the Canucks 9 games in 2003-04 after being acquired by the team on March 9. In his NHL career, Marc Bergevin collected 181 points (36 goals, 145 assists) in 1,191 regular season games. He also skated in 80 career playoff contests, reaching the Conference finals twice in 1996 (Detroit) and in Pittsburgh (2001). In 1989-90 and 1990-91 he won the Calder Cup (AHL) with the Springfield Indians. A reliable defenceman, Bergevin performed with the highest level of intensity game in and game out. His hard work and tenacity would be recognized in 1992-1993 when he was named Tampa Bay’s Unsung Hero for the season.
Bergevin played his junior hockey in the QMJHL with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, from 1982 to 1984 taking part in 136 regular season games recording 13 goals and 68 helpers for a total of 81 points and 242 penalty minutes. Before making the jump to the QMJHL, he had played at the Midget AAA level with Montreal-Concordia, earning 30 points in 44 games in 1981-82. On the international stage, Marc Bergevin helped Canada earn a gold medal at the 1994 WHC.
Assistant General Manager/Goaltending Consultant
Vincent Riendeau joined the Hamilton Bulldogs on June 20, 2012 as an assistant coach and now serves as assistant general manager of the IceCaps. A native of St-Hyacinthe, Vincent Riendeau began his professional hockey career with the Canadiens after signing a free agent contract with the club in 1986. Riendeau had previously completed his junior career minding the net of the Verdun Junior of the QMJHL, Sherbrooke College and the Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL).
In his first campaign in pro hockey, with the Sherbrooke Canadiens, he earned the Hap Holmes award as the AHL top goaltender. Following two seasons in the AHL, he made the jump to the NHL where he would play 184 games over eight seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins recording 85 wins, 65 losses, 20 ties and five shutouts. He spent parts of five seasons in the AHL playing in 98 games and recording 61 wins, 31 losses, three ties and six shutouts. Riendeau resumed his career playing in Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain before becoming the first North American-born goaltender to mind the net in the Russian Superleague playing with HC Lada Togliatti. He joined the Toronto Maple Leafs after his retirement in 2001 as a goaltending consultant.
From 2003 to 2008, he was the goaltending coach of the QMJHL Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, and also acted as the team’s assistant general manager from 2005 to 2008. Since 2005, Riendeau has been working with several different European league teams on a consulting basis, including Mannheim, Germany (2005-2007), Fribourg, Switzerland (2007), Kassel (2008-2009) and the Hamburg Freezers, in Germany, where he was goaltending coach and assistant general manager (2010 to 2012).
Riendeau owns a goaltending school with summer camps in several Quebec areas, and runs a week of goaltending hockey school at the North American Hockey Academy, in the State of Vermont.
After an 11-year playing career and two seasons behind the bench, Jason King moves to the front office as Director of Hockey Operations for the IceCaps.
Drafted in the 7th round (212th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, the Corner Brook, Newfoundland native made his NHL debut in the 2002-03 season. A year later, King made a splash with the Canucks when he was featured on a line with perennial all-stars Henrik and Daniel Sedin, and earned Rookie of the Month honours for November while scoring 12 goals in 47 games that season.
King finished his pro career a veteran of 59 NHL games, 335 AHL games and 140 DEL games (Germany). A fan favourite upon signing with the IceCaps in 2011, King spent two seasons with St. John’s from 2011-2013, leading the club in goal scoring in 2011-12 and earning Community Man of the Year honours for his efforts in the community. In 2013-14, his first season behind the bench, King helped coach the IceCaps to their first-ever Calder Cup Finals after a fourth place finish in the AHL’s Eastern Conference and a franchise record 99 points.
Head coach Sylvain Lefebvre spent the previous three seasons behind the bench of the Hamilton Bulldogs. During his 19-season professional career, Lefebvre played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League from 1989-2003. In 945 career regular season NHL games, the Richmond, Quebec native recorded 184 points (30 goals, 154 assists) and served 674 penalty minutes. In 129 Stanley Cup Playoff contests, Lefebvre posted 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) and 101 penalty minutes, winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche back in 1996.
In three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Lefebvre played 200 regular season games, producing 53 points (11 goals, 42 assists) along with 182 penalty minutes. He then appeared in 165 regular season games and 39 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1992-1994. On March 28,
1994, Lefebvre, along with Wendel Clark, Landon Wilson and a first-round pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft were traded to the Quebec Nordiques in return for Garth Butcher, Mats Sundin, Todd Warriner and a first-round pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. After one season with the Nordiques in Quebec City, Lefebvre followed the team when it moved to Denver, Colorado, where he skated in 303 regular season games and 65-post season games during four seasons with the Avalanche from 1995-1999. Lefebvre then signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent, playing 229 games with the Blueshirts from
1999-2003. He would spend his final season as a player with Bern of the Swiss National League in 2003-2004, helping them win Switzerland’s league title.
Lefebvre also spent parts of four seasons in the American Hockey League with the Sherbrooke Canadiens (1986-1989) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (2001-2002). In the AHL, he recorded 79 points (18 goals, 61 assists) and served 203 penalty minutes in 171-career regular season games and nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 13 Calder Cup playoff contests. Now 48, Lefebvre spent five seasons with the Colorado organization, serving as an assistant to Head Coach Joe Sacco with the Avalanche for three seasons (2009-2012) after spending two seasons (2007-2009) as Sacco’s assistant coach with their affiliate club in Lake Erie. Sylvain and his wife, Marie-Claire, have four children.
Assistant coach Donald Dufresne spent the previous three seasons as assistant to IceCaps head coach Sylvain Lefebvre in Hamilton. Dufresne, 48, played 268 games over nine seasons in the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers. He totalled 42 points (six goals, 36 assists) over his career while winning the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1993. The Quebec City native was originally drafted by Montreal in the sixth round, 117th overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He played various seasons in the American Hockey League during his professional career with the Sherbrooke Canadiens, Fredericton Canadiens and the Worcester IceCats while playing one season with the Quebec Rafales of the International Hockey League.
In 186 regular season games over six seasons in the AHL, he notched 61 points (13 goals, 48 assists). Dufresne played four seasons in the QMJHL during his junior career, with the Trois-Rivières Draveurs and the Longueuil Chevaliers where he won the President’s Cup in 1987. Dufresne’s coaching career began with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL in February 1999, when he was hired as assistant coach and assistant general manager. The following year, the team won the President Cup as the QMJHL Champions, and the Memorial Cup presented in Halifax.
During the 2001-02 he became an assistant coach with the Quebec Citadelles of the AHL. He returned as assistant coach/assistant general manager with the Oceanic in 2002-03. The following season, he was named Rimouski’s head coach, a position he had until the first 20 games of the 2004-05 season. He completed that season as assistant coach/assistant GM and helped lead the team to a league championship. Dufresne returned to the Oceanic as assistant coach and assistant general manager for the following six seasons (2005 to 2011), before completing his career in Rimouski as assistant coach in 2011-2012.
Nick Carrière was named IceCaps assistant coach in July. Carrière completed his 10th year as head coach at Buffalo State in 2014-15, leading the Bengals to their fourth-consecutive trip to the SUNYAC semi-finals. The 35-year-old led his team to nine playoff berths in 10 years at the helm of the Bengals. In addition, he was named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year in 2005-06.
Carrière came to Buffalo State after three seasons as an assistant coach at Fredonia State (2002-05), where he worked extensively in the program’s recruiting efforts in New York, Ontario and Quebec. He also has more than 10 years of experience working with various hockey schools and camps, including the Buffalo Sabres Hockey School. He also served as an assistant coach with the gold medal-winning Western Team (USA) in the 2007 Empire State Games
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Carrière played minor hockey in Lachute and Ste. Agathe before suiting up for the Fort Erie Meteors at the junior B level, in Ontario. He then attended Niagara University, where he was a key contributor to the success of the Purple Eagles while earning a bachelor’s degree in commerce. Carrière was twice named the squad’s Most Improved Player and played professional hockey in both Rockford and Adirondack of the United Hockey League. He also took part in the training camp of the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League.
Video Coach/Assistant Goalie Coach
Marco Marciano has been a video and goalie coach for approximately 15 years. He has worked in one or both capacities for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Drummondville Voltigeurs, Montreal Junior and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Internationally, he has worked on the coaching staffs of the Women’s National U-18 team (silver medals in 2008 and 2009); the Men’s National U-18 team (gold at 2008 World Championships); the Women’s Senior National Team (Silver, 2009 World Championships); the Olympic Winter Games Women’s Team ( 2010 Gold) and the U-18 men’s world championship in 2010. Marciano joined the Hamilton Bulldogs as video coach in 2013.
Training & Equipment Staff
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Head Equipment Manager
Assistant Equipment Manager
Assistant Equipment Manager