The Colorado Avalanche and San Antonio Rampage have announced that Eric Veilleux has been named the head coach of the Rampage, becoming the 11th coach in franchise history.
“Eric is an experienced coach and is the right person to develop our players in San Antonio,” said Avalanche Assistant General Manager Craig Billington. “After an extensive interview process, we determined he was the best candidate based on his coaching background and expertise. We are excited to have him join the Avalanche organization.”
Veilleux spent the past two seasons with the Norfolk Admirals as an assistant and head coach. He spent time as an assistant for Norfolk during the 2014-15 season in the American Hockey League. He became head coach when the team moved to the ECHL for the 2015-16 season.
During the 2015-16 season he led the Admirals to a 30-37-4-1 record as head coach.
Prior to joining the Norfolk staff, the 44-year-old was a coach in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He coached the Shawinigan Cataractes from 2005-12 and Baie-Comeau Drakkar from 2012-14.
In total he won 346 wins in 598 games and teams made the playoffs in each of his nine seasons as a head coach in the QMJHL, advancing to the President’s Cup Final three times.
Veilleux replaces Dean Chynoweth, who was fired at the conclusion of last season. Randy Ladouceur will remain on the San Antonio coaching staff as assistant coach.
The Rampage will return to the ice in October.