Francois Methot

Francois Methot (Bantam Major Gold, Pee Wee Major Gold, Skills Coach)

A native of Montreal, Quebec, Francois Methot was a 3rd round NHL draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 1996 and played the first five seasons of his professional career with the Amerks. Upon retiring following the 2014-2015 season after a 17-year professional playing career he returned to Rochester full time and has joined the Monarch organization as the Director of Hockey.

As well as serving as the organization's skills coach on the ice, Coach Methot will also work closely with the Bantam Major Gold team in 2017-18 as an assistant coach with Scott Nichol and  also serve as the co-head coach with Chris Palmer for the Pee Wee Major Gold team in 2017-18.  


Methot was a 3rd round pick in the 1996 entry draft out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and made his professional debut with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 1995-1996 season.  Methot played 334 regular season games with the Americans and another 39 Calder Cup playoff contests.  After a season with the Portland Pirates in the AHL, Methot moved on to a very successful career in Europe until he retired from playing professionally.

Methot has quickly established a reputation in Western New York as an elite skills and skating instructor.  He works closely with players of all elite travel levels as well as junior, prep and NCAA players throughout the year.  His services are also utilized for on-ice training by players at the professional levels, including current NHL players.