Alain (Al) resides in Phoenixville, PA with his wife Tricia and 3 children, Amelia, Alistair, and Annie. He started his coaching career with the Valley Forge Colonials mite program in 2014 and has been with his current Minutemen (2008) team since mites. His teams have won 3 AYHL league playoff championships (2018-2019, 2020-2021, 2021-2022) as well as the Atlantic District championship in 2020-2021. They also won the AYHL’s Premier Division regular season title in 2022-2023.
Al grew up in Montreal, Canada, playing for the North Shore Pirates through Midget. He then went to western Canada to play Junior ‘A’ hockey for the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) where he was a team captain, won 2 SJHL championships, and competed for the Centennial Cup (nationals). Al earned a full scholarship to play Division 1 hockey at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he was an assistant captain his sophomore and junior years, and captain his senior year.
Al completed his senior year playing for the Portland Pirates of the AHL. He then attended rookie camp and main training camp with the St. Louis Blues in 1999 and continued playing in the minor leagues for 3 seasons, playing games for the Missouri River Otters (UHL), the Trenton Titans (ECHL), and the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL), before retiring from hockey in 2002.
Al’s coaching philosophy is about work ethic, teamwork, continuous improvement, applying fundamental skills and concepts, and having fun in a positive environment that also fosters valuable life lessons.