Eric Veilleux was named Admirals’ head coach on July 22, 2015 after spending the 2014-15 season in Norfolk as an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Prior to joining the Admirals, he served nine seasons as a head coach in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Veilleux led the Shawinigan Cataractes to a Memorial Cup championship as the host in 2012 and spent the following two seasons as bench boss of Baie-Comeau Drakkar. The Montreal native compiled a 347-208-45 record and led his teams to the postseason in all nine campaigns during his QMJHL tenure.
A 5-foot-7, 148-pound forward in his playing days, Veilleux skated in 601 career games in three leagues and three different countries. He made 517 combined appearances in the AHL with the Cornwall Aces, Hershey Bears, Kentucky Thoroughblades and Lowell Lock Monsters. He skated in nine games in the Finnish SM-Liiga during the 1998-99 season, but returned to the United States for the 1999-00 campaign in which he played 73 contests for the Manitoba Moose of the International Hockey League. Veilleux concluded his professional career in 2001, retiring with 280 points (106g-174a) and 850 penalty minutes.
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