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Jacques Lemaire

Jacques Lemaire

Team Number: 0
Birth Date: 09/07/1945
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180lbs.
Position: Coach
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Jacques Lemaire was born on September 7, 1945 in Lasalle, Quebec, Canada. As a youth, Lemaire used a heavy steel puck to develop a vicious slapshot that he would use in his career as player.

Jacques Lemaire played his entire NHL career for the Montreal Canadiens from 1967-79. In those years, he was a member of a staggering eight Stanley Cup championship winning teams. Four of the championships came in consecutive years from 1975-79. The center for the Canadiens scored the Stanley Cup clinching goal in both the 1977 and 1979 Finals. Lemaire is one of five players in NHL history to accomplish the feat multiple times. In his career, Lemaire played in 853 regular season games and scored 835 points on 366 goals and 469 assists. Lemaire was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1964.

Jacques Lemaire’s first coaching job following retirement as a player was in 1979 when he coached in Switzerland for HC Sierre. He came back to North America in 1981 to coach the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s expansion Longueuil Chevaliers. In his first season with Longueuil, Lemaire led the team to the QMJHL Finals.

Jacques Lemaire’s NHL coaching career began in 1983-84, when he was named head coach of his former playing team the Montreal Canadiens with 17 games left in the season. Lemaire moved to the Canadiens’ front office after the 1984-85 season and had a hand in both the Canadiens 1986 and 1993 Stanley Cup championships under the title of Managing Director. Lemaire captured 10 of his 11 Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens, with the other one coming as head coach of the New Jersey Devils in the 1994-95 season. Lemaire coached in New Jersey from 1993-98.

Jacques Lemaire began coaching the Minnesota Wild when he was named the team’s first ever coach on June 19, 2000. His guidance led the expansion team to quick improvement. In the 2002-03 season, the Wild ranked second all-time amongst third-year NHL teams in points, and the team made it to the Western Conference Finals. Lemaire was awarded the Jack Adams Trophy that year as the NHL’s top coach for the second time in his career. Lemaire’s overall head coaching record is 408-345-132 over 12 NHL seasons.

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