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Clément Jodoin

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At 17 years of age, on November 4th, 1969 Clément Jodoin enters the Quebec Junior A League (today known as the QMJHL). He would suit up for 79 games as a defenseman for the Rosemont National before putting hockey aside to concentrate on academics and a career in physical education.

Teaching hockey would become his real passion at all imaginable levels. His career path spans all levels of hockey, including minor, collegiate, university, professional, overseas as well as major junior.

Over the span of five decades, he would lead competitive teams. His championships with Saint-Hyacinthe in the AAA Collegiate League and then with the UQTR Patriots in 1987 would jumpstart his coaching career.

An individual who always embraced a challenge, he would take the reigns of the QMJHL’s expansion Halifax Mooseheads in 1994. For three seasons he would hold the duel role of Head Coach and General Manager. He built a solid foundation in Halifax and the Mooseheads would reach the seventh game of the semi-finals in the spring of 1997.

Before turning fifty, he joined the Montreal Canadiens from 1997 to 2002 and would come back for a second stint from 2011 to 2017. He would occupy the roles of assistant coach, scout, director of player development and head coach of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. He held similar roles in previous stints with the Quebec Nordiques (NHL) and the Halifax Citadels (AHL), from 1990 to 1994.

He once declared that rubbing elbows with renowned coaches such as Alain Vigneault, Michel Therrien and Claude Julien was like attending Harvard where you learn from the best and where you share knowledge…

In 2004, he would begin his 2nd stint in the QMJHL as head coach of the Lewiston MAINEiacs. The 2006-07 season would be marked by a regular season championship and a President Cup conquest. Jodoin would earn the Ron-Lapointe trophy as the League’s top bench boss. His name would be engraved on the prestigious award for the second time.

In 2007-08, he would begin coaching his third QMJHL team, the Rimouski Océanic.

In 10 seasons in the QMJHL, he would work 762 games, including 101 in the playoffs. To this day, his 336 regular season victories (16th all-time) and 54 playoff wins (9th all-time) place him amongst the upper echelons of QMJHL coaches.

As an assistant coach of Canada’s World Junior Team, he would capture three consecutive gold medals from 2006 to 2008.

Always looking to learn and get better, Jodoin would spend a few summers interning in Europe. His renowned professionalism would help him become a mentor to dozens of coaches throughout the years.

For 48 years now, Jodoin has shared his life with wife Louise. Countless moves across North American and Europe would not derail a strong family comprised of daughters Mijanou and Marie-Luc.

Clément Jodoin entered the QMJHL Hall of Fame as a builder on April 8th, 2020.

 

Comme joueur / As a player

Saison régulière / Regular Season
LHJMQ (LHJAQ) EQUIPE PJ B A PTS PEM
QMJHL (QJAHL) TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
1969-70 Rosemont 18 4 4 8 4
1970-71 Rosemont 61 1 17 18 95
TOTAL LHJMQ 79 5 21 26 99
QMJHL TOTAL          
Séries éliminatoires / Playoffs
LHJMQ (LHJAQ) EQUIPE PJ B A PTS PEM
QMJHL (QJAHL) TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
TOTAL LHJMQ 0 0 0 0 0
QMJHL TOTAL          
CAREER / CARRIÈRE 79 5 21 26 99

 

Comme entraîneur-chef / As a head coach 

Saison régulière / Regular Season
LHJMQ EQUIPE #LG PJ V D N PTS %Vict
QMJHL TEAM #LG GP W L T PTS Win%
1994-95 Halifax 11 72 24 42 6 54 0.375
1995-96 Halifax 9 70 32 36 2 66 0.471
1996-97 Halifax 6 66 36 26 4 76 0.576
2004-05 Lewiston 10 69 32 29 8 72 0.522
2005-06 Lewiston 8 60 30 30 0 69 0.500
2006-07 Lewiston 1 59 42 17 0 90 0.712
2007-08 Rimouski 13 61 31 30 0 63 0.508
2008-09 Rimouski 6 68 44 24 0 89 0.647
2009-10 Rimouski 9 68 34 34 0 75 0.500
2010-11 Rimouski 12 68 31 37 0 66 0.456
TOTAL LHJMQ / QMJHL 1 champ. 661 336 305 20 720 0.523
QMJHL TOTAL                
Séries éliminatoires / Playoffs
LHJMQ EQUIPE PJ V D N %Vict FINALE CHAMP.
QMJHL TEAM GP W L T Win% FINALS CHAMP.
1994-95 Halifax 7 3 4 0 0.429
1995-96 Halifax 6 1 5 0 0.167
1996-97 Halifax 18 10 8 0 0.556
2004-05 Lewiston 8 4 4 0 0.500
2005-06 Lewiston 6 2 4 0 0.333
2006-07 Lewiston 17 16 1 0 0.941 1 1
2007-08 Rimouski 9 4 5 0 0.444
2008-09 Rimouski 13 8 5 0 0.615
2009-10 Rimouski 12 5 7 0 0.417
2010-11 Rimouski 5 1 4 0 0.200
TOTAL LHJMQ / QMJHL 101 54 47 0 0.535 1 1
QMJHL TOTAL                
CAREER / CARRIÈRE 762 390 352 20 0.525