Maine Hockey Journal

Michaud named UMaine goaltending coach

Alfie Michaud helped lead the University of Maine’s hockey team to its second and last NCAA championship in 1999. The goalie was chosen the NCAA tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

He hopes to help return the program to prominence after being named the school’s volunteer goalie coach, replacing Ray Jean. Jean resigned earlier this week to take a position as the goaltending development coordinator for USA Hockey in Maine.

“I know [head coach Red Gendron] and his staff are working hard to build the program, and it’s headed in the right direction. I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said the 39-year-old Michaud.

“I’ll be able to share some of my experiences with the kids, and I want to help them feel good about themselves,” he added. “That will result in good performances.”

After his career at Maine, Michaud had a 13-year pro career that included two games for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. He concluded his pro career following the 2012-13 season in Denmark.

He had been the goalie coach for the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates during the 2014-15 season before taking a year off to help a sick family member.

Michaud is the owner and coach of Dream Catcher’s Hockey, which offers private lessons and coaching, and he also owns RISE Sport Testing, which provides developmental testing to athletes in various sports.

He spends a lot of time in his native Manitoba helping First Nations children. Michaud is Native North American.

“I want to give back to the communities. The Native people have been so good to me and so supportive in the past. The First Nations people are very proud of their kids,” said Michaud.

Jean, because of his full-time job at Camden National Bank, was only able to attend one practice per week and as many games as he could.

“I’m hoping to get up there at least 10 to 12 times a month,” said Michaud, who lives in Vienna with his wife, Addie, and three daughters. “It’s a high level of hockey, and I want to be around Red, Ben [Guite] and Jay [Leach] as much as I can to keep learning.”

Michaud said he has been fortunate to have worked with or played under some exceptional coaches such as former NHL goalie Sean Burke with the Pirates and former Black Bear associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Grant Standbrook.

“I was able to pick [Burke’s] brain as I was with other people who mentored me along the way. And I will be giving the great Grant Standbrook a call,” Michaud said.

Michaud played in 98 games for Maine and finished with 60 wins, a 2.82 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage. He had six shutouts. He won 28 games with a 2.32 GAA during the championship season.

Gendron said he is excited to have Michaud on board.

“He’s a terrific coach. He had a great playing career here and a great career as a pro,” said Gendron.

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