Alain (Al) grew up in Montreal, Canada and played organized hockey for as long as he can remember. Early on he played mainly for the North Shore Pirates through Midget AA, in Montreal’s West Island. He then moved 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 national Centennial Cup (now RBC Cup). Al earned a full athletic scholarship to play Division 1 hockey at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the ECAC, 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 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. Al’s coaching philosophy is about teamwork, learning and applying fundamental skills to continuously improve, and having fun in a positive learning environment.