The Steinbach Pistons announced today that J.P. Vigier has been hired as the team’s new Skills Development Coach.
Vigier currently runs Vigier Hockey, an elite hockey training program out of Winnipeg that aims to continue skill and player development for all ages.
“I am excited to join the Pistons to help players reach their potential,” Vigier stated. “Helping players is a passion of mine, and the culture created by Paul and the community will be a great environment to do so.”
Vigier played for the Portage Terriers for three seasons from 1994-96, netting 81 points in his final season in the MJHL and earning an NCAA Division I scholarship to Northern Michigan University. He played four seasons with the Wildcats, putting up 61 goals and 125 points in 161 career collegiate games. From there he had a 12-year pro career including seven seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers organization, and five seasons in Switzerland. In 213 NHL games (all with the Thrashers), he had an even 23 goals and 23 assists.
“J.P. brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the rink with him,” Head Coach/GM Paul Dyck said of Vigier. “He is passionate about skill development and in seeing the players he works with reach their potential. We are thrilled to bring J.P. alongside of us to work with and support our team.”
Vigier was recently at the 2019 MJHL Development Camp to help lead the skills practices for all of the defenceman at the event.
The Pistons would like to welcome J.P. to the team!