Laval Rocket – AHL
Nick Carrière was named assistant coach of the Canadiens’ main AHL affiliate, previously the St. John’s IceCaps, on July 6, 2015 after the franchise was transferred from Hamilton. He enters his third season alongside Head Coach Sylvain Lefebvre. He previously completed his 10th season as Head Coach at Buffalo State in 2014-15, leading the Bengals to their fourth-consecutive participation in the SUNYAC semi-finals. Carrière led his team to nine playoff berths in 10 years at the helm of the Bengals. In addition, he was named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year in 2005-06.
Carrière came to Buffalo State after three seasons as an assistant coach at Fredonia State (2002-05), where he worked extensively in the program’s recruiting efforts in New York State, Ontario and Quebec. He also has over 10 years of experience working with various hockey schools and camps, including the Buffalo Sabres Hockey School. He also served as an assistant coach with the gold medal-winning Western Team (USA) at the 2007 Empire State Games.
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, the son of former NHL defenseman and current GM of the Laval Rocket, Nick Carrière played minor hockey in Lachute and Ste. Agathe before suiting up for the Fort Erie Meteors at the junior B level, in Ontario. He would later attended Niagara University, where he was a key contributor to the success of the Purple Eagles while earning a bachelor’s degree in commerce. Carrière played professional hockey in both Rockford and Adirondack of the United Hockey League.