The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to phrases on a brand new contract with Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx.
Groulx, 53, has served as Crunch head coach because the 2016-17 season. He has guided Syracuse to 2 100-plus level seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19 and posted the most effective file in franchise historical past throughout these consecutive seasons. The Crunch additionally recorded a franchise-high 47 wins throughout the 2018-19 marketing campaign, ending second total within the American Hockey League standings.
In 5 seasons, Groulx has led the Crunch to a 179-100-21-21 file in 321 video games and has had a successful season in every of his campaigns. His .623 factors proportion is second in franchise historical past, behind solely Jon Cooper (.662).
“We’re excited to comply with a brand new contract and have Ben Groulx return as head coach of the Syracuse Crunch,” stated Crunch basic supervisor Stacy Roest. “Over the previous 5 seasons, Ben has confirmed to be a key a part of our group. His management and construction have performed an necessary function in creating our prospects, constantly producing a aggressive Syracuse Crunch group and contributing to the success of the Tampa Bay Lightning. We stay up for continued progress with Ben behind the bench.”
Beneath Groulx, the Crunch reached the Calder Cup Finals in 2017 and received division titles in 2017 and 2019. Since 2016-17, 28 gamers have earned a call-up from the Crunch and performed for the Lightning, together with 18 making their NHL debuts. On account of his success, Groulx was chosen to characterize the Crunch in two AHL All-Star Classics in 2017 and 2019.