Guy Boucher was named the seventh head coach in Tampa Bay Lightning history on June 10, 2010. Last season, in his first campaign with the Lightning, Boucher led the team to 46 wins, tying a franchise record, and 103 points, the second-most in team history.
The Bolts also ranked in the top 10 in the NHL for goals per game with 2.94, power play efficiency with 20.5 percent and penalty killing with 83.8 percent. The team’s regular season success propelled the Lightning to their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2007. With Boucher behind the bench, the Lightning advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference Final for the second time in the history of the franchise, falling one game short of the Stanley Cup Final. During the postseason, the Lightning ranked in the top 5 of all playoff teams for average goals for with 3.28, average goals against with 2.50, power play with 25.4 percent and penalty kill with 92.3 percent.
Boucher, 40, came to Tampa Bay and the NHL after quickly building a track record of success in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the AHL. In addition to winning the AHL’s North Division Championship in 2009-10, the Boucher-led Hamilton Bulldogs team allowed just 182 goals during the 80-game regular season, the lowest total in the league. Its 271 goals scored marked the league’s third-highest total. They went on to tie or set 37 franchise records while also breaking the AHL record for most road points in a season with 60. As a result Boucher was honored with the AHL’s Louis A. R. Pieri Award as its coach of the year.
Boucher was named head coach of the Bulldogs for the 2009-10 season after leading the Drummondville Voltigeurs for three seasons. Boucher led Drummondville to QMJHL regular season and playoff championships and a berth in the Memorial Cup in 2008-09. That Voltigeurs team set 22 franchise records including ones for wins with 54 and points with 112. They also established a CHL record for biggest improvement from one season to another, improving 79 points from the previous season. He was also awarded the Paul Dumont Trophy as the QMJHL’s Personality of the Year for 2008-09. Before taking over behind the bench in Drummondville, Boucher served as an assistant with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL, coaching a young Sidney Crosby.
Boucher also has extensive experience working for Hockey Canada, most recently serving as an assistant coach under Pat Quinn on the Gold Medal-winning team for the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships. He was an assistant coach with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team program three times, helping that team to the 2008 Gold Medal.A native of Notre-Dame-du-Lac in Quebec, Canada, Boucher is graduate of Montreal’s McGill University where he starred with the Redmen from 1991-95. Boucher also has a unique resume for an NHL coach, with educational studies in four different fields – sports psychology, biosystems engineering, environmental biology and history.
Guy and his wife, Marsha, have a son, Vincent, and two daughters, Mila and Naomi.
Wayne Fleming, entering his second season in Tampa Bay, was named to the position of assistant coach with the Lightning on July 23, 2010. His vast level of experience allows him to bring fresh information and ideas to the coaching staff.
Fleming has extensive NHL experience, serving as an assistant for 10 seasons with the Lightning, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.
For the 2009-10 season, Fleming served as assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers under Pat Quinn. Prior to joining the Oilers, he worked as the head coach for the Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia for the 2008-09 season. Before going to Russia, Fleming served as an assistant coach with the Calgary Flames from 2006-08. In 2008, he was reassigned to assistant coach – development. From 2002-06 Fleming served as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers, helping them compile a 130-67-39-10 record during that time.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Fleming also served as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes during the 1999-00 season and with the Islanders for two seasons from 1997-99. Before joining the Islanders he served as head coach for Landshut of the German Elite League during 1996-97 and spent four seasons with Leksand of the Swedish Elite League from 1992-96.
Fleming has a long resume of international experience. He served as associate coach for Team Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Fleming also served as vice president of hockey operations and head coach for Hockey Canada. In that role he served as the head coach for Team Canada at the 2001 and 2002 IIHF World Championships, and served as associate coach in winning the Gold Medal at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
Beginning his coaching career at the University of Manitoba in 1980, Fleming went on to coach nine seasons with the Bison. He led them to Great Plains Athletic Conference Championships during the 1983-84 and 1984-95 seasons and won the Father George Kehoe Memorial Award as the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union Coach of the Year in 1985. Fleming compiled a 140-78-14 record in 232 regular season games with the Bison.
Fleming and his wife, Carolyn, have four children: Angie, Allie, Jarett and Jordan as well as five grandchildren.
Daniel Lacroix enters his second season with the Lightning after being named to the position on July 20, 2010. Lacroix, Guy Boucher and assistant Martin Raymond have been together since the 2009-10 season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. The group’s familiarity with each other puts them ahead of the curve in terms of chemistry and communication. Lacroix’s focus is on the defensive unit.
Lacroix, 42, brings four seasons of experience as an assistant into this season after also serving in the role with the New York Islanders from 2006-09. He helped the Islanders to the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2006-07.
Prior to heading to Long Island, Lacroix spent four seasons as an assistant with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2002-06. During his tenure with Moncton he helped the team to the QMJHL final on two occasions, including an appearance in the 2006 Memorial Cup Tournament. Lacroix also served as the Wildcats’ interim head coach midway through the 2004-05 season.
A native of Montreal, Quebec, Lacroix played in 188 regular season games in the NHL from 1993-00 with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and the Islanders. He amassed 11 goals and 18 points with 379 penalty minutes. He also played in 16 career Stanley Cup playoff games, recording one point.
Lacroix played his junior career with the Granby Bison of the QMJHL, totaling 182 games, 78 goals and 193 points. He was given the Guy Lafleur Award of Excellence and Merit, awarded annually to hockey players at the amateur level who best combine hockey performance with academic excellence, during the 1989 season. He was drafted by the New York Rangers in the second round, 31st overall, in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.
Daniel and his wife, Manon, reside in Tampa and have a daughter, Daphne, and a son, Cedric.
Martin Raymond, entering his second season with the Lightning, was hired by the Lightning as assistant coach on July 20, 2010 after previously serving under Head Coach Guy Boucher with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL during the 2009-10 season. Raymond’s previous work with Boucher, as well as fellow assistant Daniel Lacroix, played an important role during the 2010-11 season, providing for familiarity and open communication.
Raymond, 44, served as the head coach of the McGill University Redmen for 14 seasons prior to joining Boucher with the Bulldogs. Most recently he led the Redmen to an 18-8-2 record and an OUA East Conference title as well as a berth in the CIS National Championship, their second year in a row in 2008-09. While at McGill, Raymond amassed a 293-192-35 record in 520 games, including 206-110-30 during the regular season. In 2008 he helped the Redmen bring home the Queen’s Cup league championship for the first time since 1946. It was at McGill where Raymond first worked alongside Boucher.
A native of Pierrefonds, Quebec, Raymond received numerous honors while behind the bench at McGill. He was given the Father George Kehoe Memorial Award in 2006 and was named the OUA Eastern Coach of the Year in 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2009. Probably the most significant came during the summer of 2011 when McGill honored Raymond by naming him to the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Before beginning his coaching career Raymond played five seasons at McGill, registering 109 goals and 253 points in 154 career games. He garnered all-conference honors on three occasions and All-Canadian status in 1991-92, his final season. Raymond was also named McGill’s male athlete of the year and team MVP that season. He also won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 1991 Spengler Cup.
Raymond received a master’s degree in physical education in 1996 and is also a former teammate of Boucher’s, who played at McGill as well from 1991-95.
Martin and his wife, Christine, have two sons named Philippe and Antoine.
The Lightning named Frantz Jean as goaltending coach on September 7, 2010. Entering his second season, he works with all goaltenders in the organization. Before joining Tampa Bay he served as goaltending coach for the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL.
Jean has been involved in hockey for more than 25 years as both a player and coach. He worked the previous 12 years in Moncton before joining the Lightning. During Jean’s time with the Wildcats, the team allowed the least number of goals in the league on four occasions (1999-00, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10). Jean’s goaltenders were named defensive player of the year or goaltender of the year on three occasions (Lajeunesse in 1999-00, Crawford in 2003-04, Riopel in 2008-09). Nicola Riopel was also named league most valuable player in 2008-09. Jean has had his goaltenders named to the first or second all-star teams on five occasions and six of his protégés have either been drafted or signed as a free agent in the NHL.
Jean was also selected twice to the Hockey Canada U-18 National Team coaching staff, winning two consecutive Gold Medals at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial International Tournament.
Jean began coaching at the age of 14 and went on to coach under the supervision of some of the best hockey has to offer, including Vladislav Tretiak, Francois Allaire and Phil Myre. He also operated a goalie school with Vancouver Canucks goaltending coach and ex-NHLer Roland Melanson. In the summer, he operates is own Goalteding school, Pro Tek Hockey, in Montreal, Quebec, Moncton, Mount Pearl and Gander.
Jean played major junior hockey with St. Hyacinthe and Victoriaville of the QMJHL, and after a tryout with the Montreal Canadiens, earned a scholarship to the Université de Moncton where he played for four and a half seasons with les Aigles Bleus, winning the 1994-95 national championship and being named to the 1992-93 AUAA First All-Star Team.
Frantz and his wife, Chantal, have one son, Neka.
An original member of the Lightning organization, video coach Nigel Kirwan is in his 20th year with the Lightning, 16th as a member of the coaching staff. He is responsible for breakdown of pre-scout and game film, formulation of scouting reports on opposing clubs and the creation of highlight and specialty film for use by the Lightning coaches and players. Additionally, Kirwan has previously coached Lightning prospects during team rookie and development camps.
Kirwan coached amateur hockey at various levels in both Canada and the United States for 17 years and is very active in youth hockey camps and clinics. He has also served as the video coach for Team USA at the 2009 and 2008 World Championships in Switzerland and Canada respectively.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kirwan attended the University of Western Ontario and the University of Tampa. He started with the Lightning as a member of the front office staff for four years before then-coach Terry Crisp hired him into his current position prior the start of the 1996-97 season.
Kirwan resides in Tampa.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Mark Lambert enters his first season with the Lightning as strength and conditioning coach. An industry veteran of 15 years, Lambert has worked with hundreds of athletes ranging from the amateur ranks to the professional tiers as well. With the Lightning, Lambert will be responsible for overseeing all planning for in- and off-season player workout regiments to optimize performance.
Prior to joining Tampa Bay, Lambert served as the head strength coach at Axxeleration Inc., which specializes in enhancing the performance level of both collegiate and professional athletes, while also minimizing the risk of injury through the approach of testing muscular power, strength, strength ratios, body composition and muscle fiber dominance. Lambert is also no stranger to the game of hockey, having previously worked at various levels of the game including the CHL, college and midget hockey.
Lambert holds a bachelor’s degree in physical activity from the Universite de Sherbrooke in Quebec. He went on to complete his master’s degree in exercise physiology in 1999 after completing his thesis, titled “The Effects of Plyometric Training on Skating Acceleration and Speed in Hockey Players.” Lambert also enjoys attending seminars and courses with various medical and training organizations to further his education and to gain both additional knowledge and a better understanding of his field.A frequent author of numerous fitness-related news articles, Lambert also has previously given numerous lectures on nutrition and topics regarding personal health. He is single and resides in Tampa.
Player Development Coordinator
NHL veteran Steve Thomas was named player development coordinator for the Tampa Bay Lightning on September 3, 2010. He will oversee the development of the Lightning’s prospects in the junior and college ranks. Thomas will provide guidance, mentoring and support to players in the Tampa Bay system to better prepare them for professional hockey. He also helps run team development and rookie camps.
A native of Stockport, Great Britain, Thomas played in 1,235, career NHL games during his 20-year career (1984-04) with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings. He amassed 421 goals and 933 points with 1,306 penalty minutes during his career. Thomas also appeared in 174 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording 54 goals and 107 points.
Thomas has two children, daughter, Lauren, and son, Christian.