ANGERS, France – Former French national team player Alain Vogin passed away last weekend at age 39. He coached Rouen in the 2009 IIHF Continental Cup.
Born in Montreal, Vogin played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for St-Hyacinthe before playing professional hockey in Europe. The forward played in the French league for Angers and Rouen, and for Varese in Italy.
Vogin also represented France in the 2001 IIHF World Championship Division I winning the silver.
After retiring as a player in 2003, Vogin began his coaching career with his last club, Rouen Dragons. He was named head coach of the men’s team in 2006. He led the team to the league title in 2008 and claimed second place in the 2009 IIHF Continental Cup Super Final.
He coached Valpellice in Italy last year before he was named coach of the French runner-up Angers Ducs for the upcoming season.
The funeral takes place on Thursday (15:30) at the Saint-Laud church in Angers.