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Bob Gainey

Born:December 13, 1953Draft:1973 Canadiens #8 Overall
Hometown:Peterborough, ONPosition:LW
Known For:4x Selke AwardShoots:Left
National Team:Canada

Robert Michael Gainey (born December 13, 1953) is a former professional ice hockey player who played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1973 until 1989. After retiring from active play, he became a hockey coach and later an executive with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars organization before returning to Montreal as general manager from 2003 to 2010. Currently, Gainey serves as a team consultant for the St. Louis Blues as well as a volunteer senior advisor for the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992. In 2017 Gainey was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history.

Years as an NHL player: 1973-1989

Years as an NHL coach: 1990-1993, 2005-2006, 2009

Years as an NHL executive: 1992-2014

John Vanbiesbrouck pokes the puck away from Bob Gainey
Bob Gainey, Montreal Canadiens (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)

Bob Gainey Statistics

Deeper Dive

Coaching History

  • NHL Minnesota North Stars (Head Coach) 1990-1993
  • NHL Montreal Canadiens (Head Coach) 2006, 2009

Front Office History

  • NHL Minnesota North Stars (General Manager) 1992-1993
  • NHL Dallas Stars (General Manager) 1993-2002
  • NHL Montreal Canadiens (General Manager) 2002-2010
  • NHL Dallas Stars (Senior Advisor) 2012-2014
  • OHL Peterborough Petes (Senior Advisor) 2018-2019


  • Jersey (#23) retired by the Canadiens in 2008
  • Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993
  • Captain of the Canadiens (1981-1989)
  • 5x Stanley Cup Champion with the Canadiens (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986)
  • 4x Selke Award (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy (1979 – 6 G – 16 Pts)
  • Canada Cup Runner-Up (1982)
  • World Championship Bronze Medal (1982)
  • Canada Cup Champion (1977)
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