After he obtained a degree from the Université de Sherbrooke (1975-1978), François Allaire began his goaltender coach career with the Laval Insulaires of the Quebec Hockey Midget AAA League for the 1980-1981 season. The following year, he worked with the Trois-Rivières Patriotes, a Quebec University Hockey League team. They made it to the finals.
In 1983-1984, he became the first goaltender coach of the LHJMQ with the Verdun Canadiens. His two seventeen years old goalies, Vincent Riendeau and Troy Crosby, were respectively signed as free agents and drafted by NHL teams.
1985 marks his first season at a professional level becoming the first goaltending coach in the AHL and for the Montreal Canadiens organisation. He worked with the Sherbrooke Canadiens. Against all odds, the team is playoffs champion with a young nineteen years old goalie named Patrick Roy.
In 1985-1986, François Allaire is back with Patrick Roy, who wins both Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy (awarded to the player judged most valuable during Stanley Cup playoffs) during his first season in the NHL.
During his career of 12 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens (1984-1996), he participated to 22 playoffs rounds. They won the Stanley Cup in 1986 and 1993 and reached the final round in 1989.
During that period, two Conn Smythe Trophies, four William Jennings Trophies, three Vezina Trophies,three Trico Trophies and four Molson Cup were awarded to Patrick Roy. He was chosen five times to join the All-Star team and he participated to six All-Star games.
François Allaire also contributed to the development of many young goalies of the Montreal Canadiens organization who reached the NHL (Chabot, Riendeau, Bergeron, Racicot, Kuntar, Brochu, Labrecque, Vokoun, Garon, Theodore, Thibault). Besides, the goalies of the Montreal’s farm theam won Harry Hap Holmes Trophy four times (fewest goals against) and Baz Bastien Trophy three times (best AHL’s goaler). They were chosen two times to join the All Star team and they participated to three All-Star games.
In 1996-1997, he joined the Anaheim Ducks and they reached the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in their history. Guy Hebert stood out from the others and was invited to the NHL All-Star game that year.
During his 13 seasons with that Californian team (1997-2009), the Ducks participated in 17 playoffs rounds and reached the finals in 2003, and won the Stanley Cup in 2007.
He mainly worked with Jean-Sebastien Giguère.Team Canada chose him for the World Championship in 2001 and 2002. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2003 as the most valuable player during playoffs and won the Stanley Cup in 2007. In 2008, he was invited to participate to the NHL All-Star game.
During their stay with the Ducks, Hebert, Shtalenkov and Bryzgalov were chosen to participate in different Winter Olympic Games.
Many young goalies from the Ducks organization made it to the NHL under the direction of François Allaire (Lalime, Leighton, Gerber, Bryzgalov, Hiller).
Between 2010 and 2012, he worked with one of the youngest team of the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs. He pursued his skills development work and helped Gustavsson, Reimer, Scrivens and Rynnas play their first games in the NHL.
James Reimer had a spectacular start in the NHL and Team Canada chose him for the World Championship in 2011. Ben Scrivens won the Harry Hap Holmes Trophy in 2011-2012 (fewest goals against) and reached the AHL’s league final.
Between 1978 and 2010, François Allaire took part in many goalie’s hockey schools through his career, just as his own prestigious goalie’s hockey school located in Montreal. More than 60 of his students got drafted or signed by NHL teams.
He also got invited in many countries (France, Italia, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland) to present his 5-S system, which demonstrated its effectiveness with goalies practicing a more conservative or in control style (e.g. Roy, Giguère, Reimer, etc) and goalers who adopt a more athletic or hybrid style (e.g. Brizgalov, Hiller, Scrivens, etc). His work in Switzerland helped many goalies develop their skills in the NHL (Huet, Aebicher, Gerber, Hiller).
François is also a prolific author: he released four books about goalers, pre-seasonal physical preparation and sport psychology. The 3rd edition of his book Devenir gardien de but au hockey is a best-seller and was published by Les Éditions de l’homme. It was also translated in English.
In 2003, he was in the Hockey News top 100 of most influential people in hockey.
In 2010, François Allaire was named ambassador of the Faculty of Physical Education at the Université de Sherbrooke where he got his diploma in 1978.