John Daigneau '06 Named Assistant Hockey Coach at Canisius

Daigneau led Harvard to the 2006 ECAC crown (photo courtesy David Silverman).

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Former Harvard men's hockey goaltender John Daigneau has joined the Canisius hockey team as an assistant coach, Golden Griffin head coach Dave Smith announced Wednesday.

At Canisius, Daigneau will work directory with the team's goaltenders and will also assist with recruiting, video operations, academics, community outreach and other on-campus duties.

"We are extremely excited to have John join our staff," Smith said. "He comes very highly recommended from his coaches at Harvard and the people he has worked with in the past. John has been with numerous championship teams and our Griffin hockey program will look to draw on those positive experiences."

A four-year member of the hockey team at Harvard from 2002 to 2006, Daigneau posted a 25-12-2 record with a 2.40 goals against average and a .914 save percentage as the Crimson won two ECAC titles and advanced to four NCAA tournaments.

Daigneau enjoyed his most successful season as a senior. He earned ECAC Hockey League Championship Most Outstanding Player accolades and was honored with the John Tudor Memorial Award as the team's Most Valuable Player.

After graduating from Harvard, Daigneau continued his hockey career at the professional level. He spent the 2006-07 season with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL, helping the team to the Kelly Cup Championship, and then finished his career with the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL (2007-08) and Wichita Thunder of the CHL (2008-09).

The Brookfield, Wis., native also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University School of Milwaukee, helping the team to the 2010 WIAA Boys State Championship.

Daigneau graduated from Harvard in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in government. He is currently pursing his master's in sport administration at Canisius.