Philip Danault (2013) and the Montréal Canadiens will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Qualifiers, while David Savard (2007-10) and the Columbus Blue Jackets are set to suit up against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Brad Marchand (2004-06) and the Boston Bruins have already punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup playoffs. They’ll play in a trio of round robin games to determine seeding for the Round-of-16.
While they weren’t teammates in Moncton, there are two pairs of Wildcats alums playing together at the NHL level.
Conor Garland (2012-2016) and Jason Demers (2004-05) are aiming to help the Arizona Coyotes compete in the Round-of-16 for the first time since 2012. They’ll take on the Nashville Predators in their qualifying series.
Off the ice, there’s also a number of alumni making a key impact for their teams as they prepared to return.
Patrick Delisle-Houde (2011-12) is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator with the Montréal Canadiens, while Alexi Pianosi (2006-08) is the Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
With the two teams going head-to-head, it will create a friendly off-ice rivalry between the two coaches.
“Patrick is a great guy, super friendly and super smart, so the Canadiens are lucky to have him,” Pianosi said. “Obviously we have this upcoming play-in series against each other, so I’m sure he’s doing a great job preparing all the Canadiens as well.”
Frantz Jean (1998-2010) was with the Wildcats for 12 seasons as the Goaltending Coach and won two President Cups here. He currently holds the same title with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Darryl Seward (2008-2012) was an assistant coach here in Moncton, and has since climbed through the professional ranks. He’s now in his third season as the Video Coach of the Vancouver Canucks.
Other Wildcats alumni have helped impact the creation of their teams through scouting.
Chris Moorehouse (2005-08), another former captain, currently works as the Director of North American Scouting with the New York Rangers.
Danny Flynn (2005-06, 2007-15) was a part of both President Cup team in Moncton and is now an Amateur Scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Peter Nevin (1996-2012) was the longtime Director of Scouting in Moncton, and is currently in his 12th season as an Amateur Scout with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Réal Paiement (1997-2000) was the second-ever Head Coach in team history. He’s now in his fifth season with the Toronto Maple Leafs as an Amateur Scout.
While their teams aren’t competing in the Qualifiers, François Beauchemin (1999-2000) and Roland Melanson (1996-97) are surely busy preparing for the 2020-21 season.
Beauchemin just finished his first season as a Development Coach with the Anaheim Ducks, the team he spent the majority of his NHL career with.
Melanson was an Assistant Coach on the inaugural Wildcats team, and has been coaching at the NHL level for over 20 years. He most recently completed his third season as Goaltending Coach with the New Jersey Devils.