Daniel Berthiaume is the current head coach for the VMI Keydets Hockey team and a retired NHL goalie for six years. His standout netminding earned him the nickname "The Bandit". He is currently in his third year with the Keydets
Before being drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 1985, Berthiaume played 4 seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Drummondville and Chicoutimi. He had an 18-7-3 record in his rookie year for Winnipeg in 1986-87. He departed from Winnipeg to Minnesota in 1989, but would only stay there for a year, as he then moved to Los Angeles to play for the Kings. He would play one season for Boston and two for Ottawa, but was done with the NHL in the 1993-94 season. In 215 regular season games, Berthiaume had a 81-91-21 record.
Berthiaume went to the Wheeling Thunderbirds in 1994, and he would spend most of his playing time in the ECHL from there. He played 5 seasons for the Roanoke Express and 2 for the Greensboro Generals from 1997 to 2004. Another season with the United Hockey League's Port Huron Beacon's would be his last season before retiring in 2005.
Immediately after retirement, Berthiaume was hired to become the assistant coach of the Roanoke Valley Vipers, also in the UHL. Because also former NHL player and Roanoke head coach Jim Wiley was fired during the season, Berthiaume took over the head coaching position. This would be his last season coaching minor league hockey.
Berthiaume later became VMI hockey coach prior to the 2008-09 season. He has held that position for three years.
VMI Coaching StatisticsEdit
|Year||GP||W||L||Regular season finish||Playoffs|
|2010-11||10||0||10||4th Southwest Conference||None|
|2008-09||8||5||3||-||Lost semifinal to VCU, 4-2|
Berthiaume owns Captain Bert's Fishing Charters in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. He lives in Hardy , Virginia, with a wife and three sons.