Moncton Wildcats welcome Kelsey Tessier
The Moncton Wildcats are delighted to announce they have hired former QMJHL star and professional hockey player Kelsey Tessier as their new Skills Development Coordinator.
Tessier, 33, returns to the Wildcats after a successful professional career that spanned 13 seasons, including 10 in Europe. He played for the Wildcats in 2010 and led the team with 30 points in 21 playoff games.
Tessier was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He spent three seasons in the AHL with the Connecticut Whale, recording 82 points in 221 games. He then moved to Europe, where he played for various teams in Sweden, Finland, Austria, and France. He retired from his professional career in 2023.
Tessier will be responsible for developing and improving the individual skills of the Wildcats players, as well as providing mentorship and guidance. He will work closely with Head Coach Daniel Lacroix, assistant coaches, and Wildcats Player Development Coordinator Steve Bernier in developing our prospects.
“We are very happy to have Kelsey join our staff,” said Wildcats General Manager, Hockey Operations Ritchie Thibeau. “He has played at a high level for many years and has won multiple championships. He has a great passion for the game and a keen eye for detail. He will be a valuable asset for our players to learn from his experience, knowledge and winning attitude. We also look at this as an opportunity to build relationships in the community and help with the development of young hockey players in local minor hockey associations.”
Tessier said he is excited to be back with the Wildcats and contribute to their success.
“I am honoured to be part of the Wildcats family,” he said. “I have always loved this organization and its fans. I am eager to share my experience and knowledge with the players and help them achieve their goals. I am also happy to be back in Moncton, where I grew up and started my hockey journey.”
The Wildcats would like to welcome Kelsey Tessier back to Moncton and wish him all the best in his new role.