SYLVAIN CLOUTIER RETURNS AS HEAD COACH
(Bradford, ON, Apr 10, 2015)
The Bradford Rattlers welcomed back Sylvain Cloutier who has signed on for another campaign with the Junior 'A' Hockey Club. Sylvain was hired in the 2014/15 Off-Season as the Head Coach & GM.
Cloutier, 41, comes with an accomplished playing and coaching career. Sylvain's playing career was highlighted by his 21 years of professional hockey. He was a Centerman from Mont-Laurier, Quebec.
Sylvain began his career with the Guelph Storm OHL, where after Captaining a 116 point OHL season, he was drafted to the Detroit Red Wings Round 2 in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.
Cloutier's NHL debut was in 1999 with the Chicago Blackhawks. Through 600 AHL games and 382 AHL points before taking his talents to Europe. In 2008, Sylvain began his coaching career in professional hockey in the U.K.
Sylvain's younger brother is Dan Cloutier, who was the long-time goaltender of the Vancouver Canucks and LA Kings.
With Bradford in his first season, Sylvain headed the team to an impressive 31-11-0 record.
Cloutier will be welcoming a strong group of returning players from last year's roster. He has already began recruiting and added some high profile Europeans from Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, Russia and Germany. A handful of junior experienced Canadians will be joining the team and in addition to some college bound American players.
Stay tuned as the GMHL Entry Draft takes place in May where the Rattlers have 10 round selections.