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Pascal Vincent (born September 22, 1971 in Laval, Quebec) is a retired ice hockey player and current head coach and general manager of the Montreal Juniors of the QMJHL. Vincent was the QMJHL's coach of the year for the 2007-2008 season.

Hockey careerEdit

PlayerEdit

Vincent made his QMJHL debut as a centre in the 1988-1989 season with the St. Jean Castors. Vincent played three more seasons in the QMJHL between St. Jean, Laval, and Verdun before completing his junior career in 1992.

Coach, General ManagerEdit

Vincent began his coaching career as an assistant coach of the St. Jean Lynx of the QMJHL, and then as the head coach of Laval of the Quebec AAA Midget Hockey League. Vincent joined the Screaming Eagles as an assistant coach for the 1999-2000 QMJHL season before becoming the head coach in October. Vincent became the team's general manager two years later.

Vincent came under heavy criticism following an embarrassing second-round playoff exit by the Screaming Eagles in 2003-2004 after a very successful season. Vincent "stacked" the lineup with many NHL prospects, most of which came from the Halifax Mooseheads in a notorious "boomerang" trade. Many speculated that Vincent would be fired, but then-President Greg Lynch opted not to, claiming he was just as much to the blame for the poor performance.

On May 18, 2007, Vincent signed a two-year contract extension with the Screaming Eagles to continue as head coach and general manager. He was the recipient of the 2007 Maurice Filion Trophy for the QMJHL's top general manager, and the 2008 Ron Lapointe Trophy for the QMJHL's top coach. After the 2007-2008 season, Vincent was praised by many around the league for the Screaming Eagles finishing 4th in their division and winning their first round playoff series despite having more than ten rookies in their regular lineup and having a sixteen year-old starting goaltender. On January 1, 2008, Vincent earned his 300th career win in the QMJHL.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1988–1989 St. Jean Beavers QMJHL 48 0 0 0 0
1989–1990 St. Jean Lynx QMJHL 70 4 7 11 45
1990–1991 Laval Titan QMJHL 64 4 8 12 12
1991–1992 Laval Titan QMJHL 53 3 20 23 36
1991–1992 Verdun College-Francais QMJHL 17 5 7 12 12
QMJHL Totals 252 16 42 58 105

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