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Martin Biron

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Rangers goalie Martin Biron backstopped the Beauport Harfangs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League during both of Alain Vigneault’s final two seasons in the league from 1995 to 1997.

Vigneault took over as Beauport head coach during the 1995-96 season after leaving his assistant coaching position with the Ottawa Senators. When Vigneault took over from Joe Canale, the team was 18-19-2. After he took the reigns, the Harfangs went 19-7-5 before catching fire in the QMJHL playoffs where they would lose to the Grandy Predateurs in five games in the QMJHL finals.

That season, Biron went 29-17-7 with a .907 save percentage and a 2.93 goals against average.

The following season, Vigneault and the Harfangs went 24-44-2 and lost the first round of the QMJHL playoffs.

Biron, meanwhile, went 6-10-1 before being traded to the Hull Olympiques where he went 11-4-1 en route to a QMJHL Finals sweep over Chicoutimi Sagueneen.

Vigneault would leave Beauport after that season to become the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens beginning in the 1997-98 season, while Biron started the following season with the Buffalo Sabres’ AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.