Patrick Grandmaître has been the head coach of the Gee-Gees men’s hockey team since the 2016-17 season and has posted winning seasons in all three campaigns, going from 15-8-5 in his first year to 22-2-4 in his third year in 2018-19. The Gee-Gees were ranked in the national Top Ten for all of 2018-19, spending eleven weeks at no. 4. Ottawa had the best record in the OUA conference in 2018-19, and reached the second round of the conference playoffs.
Grandmaître is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, where he received degrees in human kinetics and education. At St. FX, he was captain of the men’s hockey team, which won the 2004 Canadian Interuniversity Sport national championship. Grandmaître’s teams also made it to the national championships in 2001 and 2003, winning silver both times.
The Hull, Que., native received the 2005 Atlantic University Sport award for a men’s hockey player who demonstrates outstanding qualities in sport, in academics and in the community, and was twice named an Academic All-Canadian.
“My five years as a CIS student-athlete allowed me to develop considerably as a person, particularly in leadership and becoming involved in the community. A coach must lead as well as coach, and I look forward to working with the Gee-Gees organization to put a great team on the ice,” said Grandmaître, who played five seasons in the QMJHL with the Victoriaville Tigers and the Quebec Remparts, serving as captain for both teams, before attending university. He also spent four seasons as a professional player in Germany following his interuniversity career.
From 2010-2015, Grandmaître taught at Gatineau’s Collège Nouvelles-Frontières, where he helped launch and has headed the hockey program. He also worked with the Gatineau Intrépide midget AAA team, and served as an assistant coach with the University of Ottawa’s women’s hockey team in 2010-11.