Wolf Pack add Daigneault as assistant coach

Hartford Wolf Pack general manager/head coach Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack have signed former NHL and AHL defenseman J.J. Daigneault to serve as assistant coach.

Daigneault will join Schoenfeld and assistant coach Ken Gernander behind the bench.

“I had the privilege of coaching J.J. in Phoenix and know the caliber of his play and depth of his defensive knowledge,” said Schoenfeld. “We have a group of strong, young defensemen who will greatly benefit from being coached by a former NHL blueliner.”

Daigneault, 40, most recently served as assistant coach and director of player development for the Phoenix Roadrunners of the ECHL during the 2005-06 season. A veteran of 17 professional seasons, Daigneault appeared in 899 NHL games with 10 teams before retiring in 2001, and captured a Stanley Cup championship with Montreal in 1993.

A first-round draft pick by Vancouver in 1984, Daigneault also played 122 AHL games with Hershey, Sherbrooke and Worcester.

Daigneault replaces former Wolf Pack assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson, who has joined the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL as an assistant coach.