François Allaire

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Francois Allaire
Born (1959-10-11) October 11, 1959 (age 55)
Quebec, Canada
Current team Colorado Avalanche
Previous team(s) Toronto Maple Leafs, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup wins 1986, 1993, 2007
Years with current team 2013–present

François Allaire is an ice hockey goaltending coach who currently coaches for the Colorado Avalanche of the North American National Hockey League (NHL). He developed considerable expertise during the 1980s as the Montreal Canadiens' first-ever goaltending coach. In the 1990s, he promoted his methods to the younger generation of goalies, making his technique a new standard. The 'Allaire style' stresses sound positioning, getting down into the butterfly, and taking up as much net as possible. He has encouraged his goalies to wear the biggest allowable gear.

Allaire successfully mentored Patrick Roy, winning Stanley Cups in 1986 and 1993. In 2003, he guided the relatively unheralded Jean-Sébastien Giguère to the Conn Smythe Trophy (an award for the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs). He won a third Stanley Cup championship with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

On 10 June 2009, Allaire left the Ducks to join the Maple Leafs, opting to resume a working relationship with Brian Burke, Toronto's former general manager. Burke had served as Anaheim's GM since 2005 before joining the Maple Leafs in November 2008. He has since been reunited with Giguere when Giguere was traded for Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake on January 31, 2010. Allaire mentored both Jonas Gustavsson and starting goalie James Reimer until leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs in September 2012. Allaire again reunited with Giguère after being hired as the goaltending coach in Colorado.

His brother Benoit Allaire, also a goaltending coach, has worked for the Phoenix Coyotes and is currently with the New York Rangers.

National Hockey League Career[edit]

Team Years
MON 1984-1996
ANA 1996-2009
TOR 2009-2012
COL 2013-present

Interviews[edit]

ESPN interviewed Allaire shortly after Patrick Roy announced his retirement from professional hockey here: http://static.espn.go.com/nhl/s/2003/0528/1560164.html

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