Francois Allaire is entering his third season as the goaltending coach for the Colorado Avalanche.
Allaire, 60, has spent 30 seasons coaching goaltenders in the NHL, including 12 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens (1984-85 to 1995-96), 13 with the Anaheim Ducks (1996-97 to 2008-09), three with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2009-10 to 2011-12) and two with the Avalanche (2013-15).
Under Allaire’s tutelage, Avs netminder Semyon Varlamov was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy and was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 2013-14.
During his time in Montreal, Allaire was a part of two Stanley Cup championship teams (1986, 1993) and coached Patrick Roy to two Conn Smythe Trophies, four William Jennings Trophies and three Vezina Trophies. Allaire won his third Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2006-07, tutoring former Avalanche netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Under Alliare’s direction, Giguere also won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2003.
A graduate of the University of Sherbrooke, Allaire has published four books on goaltending, pre-season physical preparation and sports psychology. In 2003, Allaire was named one of the “Top 100 People of Power and Influence” inside the hockey industry by The Hockey News.