PHOENIX – The new ECHL membership in Phoenix has announced that Ron Filion (pictured) has been named head coach and that J.J. Daigneault will serve as assistant coach and director of player development.
Owned by the investment group that owns and operates the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Rattlers and Phoenix Mercury, the team is scheduled to begin play in October at America West Arena, also operated by the investment group, bringing professional hockey to Downtown Phoenix.
The 39-year-old Filion coached Cholet of the European First Division for five seasons, leading the Dogs to a league championship in 1997, and he was an assistant coach with Augusta of the ECHL and with Tucson of the defunct West Coast Hockey League.
“Ron Filion’s experience in player development makes him an ideal choice to serve as our head coach,” said Phoenix president Claude Lemieux. “We are excited to have Ron as a part of our organization.”
Daigneault, who played 899 regular season and 99 postseason games in the National Hockey League, brings 17 years of playing experience, most recently in the Swiss Elite Hockey League where he was a player-coach. He was a member of the 1993 Stanley Cup Champion Montreal Canadiens as well as the 1984 Canadian Olympic Hockey team.
“Our goal is to win and to provide the great hockey fans of Phoenix with a team that they can be proud of,” said Lemieux. “In Ron Filion and J.J. Daigneault, we have put together a coaching staff that will enable us to achieve that goal.”