Eric Veilleux named Admirals’ head coach

NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals announced that the team has named Eric Veilleux as head coach for the 2015-16 season.

The Admirals are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers and the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.

Veilleux, 43, makes his professional head coaching debut after nine seasons at the helm in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and one as assistant coach of the Admirals in the American Hockey League in 2014-15. Veilleux led the Shawinigan Cataractes to a Memorial Cup championship as the host in 2012 before moving on to Norfolk in 2014 following two seasons as bench boss of Baie-Comeau Drakkar. The Quebec City 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.