Laurent Daignault

Person Type: 
Team Staff
Track Type: 
Short
Role: 
Equipment Technician
Date of Birth: 
October 30, 1968
Hometown: 
Montreal, QC
Training Centre: 
Maurice Richard Arena, Montreal
Biography: 

2013-14 season
Laurent returns for his second season as assistant coach to men’s teams ... He will work with Derrick Campbell to coach 11 national and development men’s teams skaters ... He will focus on the men’s development team.

2012-13 season
Laurent coached development team skaters Charle and Vincent Cournoyer to three and two World Cups, respectively ... Charle won his second career individual medal, a silver, and Vincent took part in his first two World Cups ... In his first World Championships in Hungary, Charle helped Canada defend its relay title with a gold medal victory ... Charle finished the season with a third overall ranking and Vincent was fifth, earning themselves spots on the national team for 2013-14 ... Patrick Duffy had a season ranking of eight overall, returning to the development squad.

2011-12 season
Laurent served as the national and development short track teams’ equipment technician, travelling to the six World Cups and World Championships.

Other seasons
From the Vancouver 2010 Olympics until March 2012, Laurent served as an equipment technician with the national short track teams ... He returned to a coaching position with Canada’s national men’s teams in April 2012 ... Laurent coached on the short track national team from 1995 to 2002 ... He coached Canada at the Lillehammer 1998 Olympics and Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics. He also served as an equipment technician at the Torino 2006 Olympics ... He coached two world junior champions – Jean- François Monette in 1996 and François-Louis Tremblay in 1998.

Skater
Laurent was a member of the Canadian national team from 1988 to 1996 ... He was a silver medalist in the relay at the Albertville 1992 Olympics ... Laurent started speed skating at the age of eight.

Facts: 
  • Laurent’s brothers Guy and Michel were also at the Albertville 1992 Olympics - Guy as coach and Michel as a competitor
  • The Daignault family received SSC’s 2012 Gagné Family Award, which is presented to a family who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the sport of speed skating in Canada
  • Laurent has been designing skates since 1990