The Norfolk Admirals announce today they have named Eric Veilleux head coach for the upcoming season. The Admirals have also named Ben Boudreau as assistant coach to serve alongside Veilleux.
Edmonton Oilers Assistant General Manager Bill Scott says, “We are thrilled to announce Eric Veilleux will join our organization as Head Coach of our ECHL affiliate. Eric has an outstanding coaching history as a Head Coach in the QMJHL, where he not only had successful teams, but he developed individual players and prepared them for professional hockey.”
Veilleux, 43, makes his professional head coaching debut after nine seasons at the helm in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and one as assistant coach of the Admirals in 2014-15. Veilleux led the Shawinigan Cataractes to a Memorial Cup championship as the host in 2012 before moving on to Norfolk in 2014 following two seasons as bench boss of Baie-Comeau Drakkar. The Quebec City native compiled a 347-208-45 record and led his teams to the postseason in all nine campaigns during his QMJHL tenure.
Boudreau, 30, comes to Hampton Roads for his second season as a coach in professional hockey. The St. Catharine’s, Ontario local was an assistant coach for the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors in 2014-15 after a two-year playing career.