Eric Veilleux was a favorite of Head Coach Bob Hartley as the Bears won the 1997 Calder Cup over the Hamilton Bulldogs. Veilleux followed Hartley from the Cornwall Aces to the Bears. In two seasons with the Bears, Veilleux scored 123 points and worked as one of the teams top pests.
Now, Veilleux looks to follow Hartley into the NHL coaching ranks one day. In the late 1980's Hartley got his first big break coaching the Hawkesbury Hawks of the Central Junior Hockey League. A few years back, Veilleux got his coaching break with the same Hawkesbury team. Next Hartley was on to the QJMHL and the Laval Titans.
Last year, Veilleux landed the Head Coach postion with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the same QMJHL. So how long will it be before Veilleux is coaching in the AHL or NHL? If he follows in the footsteps of Hartley, the future will include a Memorial Cup, another Calder cup and mayber, just maybe a Stanley Cup.