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Jacques Lemaire

Born:September 7, 1945Draft:Undrafted
Hometown:LaSalle, QuebecPosition:C
Known For:Eight Stanley CupsShoots:Left
National Team:N/A

Jacques Gerard Lemaire (born September 7, 1945) is a Canadian former ice hockey forward and head coach who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984. He spent his entire twelve-year National Hockey League (NHL) playing career with the Montreal Canadiens (1967–1979) and was a part of eight Stanley Cup championship teams in 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979. In 2017, Lemaire was named one of the “100 Greatest NHL Players”.

Lemaire was a NHL head coach for seventeen seasons with the Canadiens (1983–1985), New Jersey Devils (1993–1998, 2009–2011) and Minnesota Wild (2000–2009). The pinnacle of his career behind the bench was a Stanley Cup Championship with the Devils in 1994–95.

After retiring at the end of the 2010–11 NHL season, Lemaire accepted a position as special assignment coach for the Devils. He currently works as a special assignment coach for the New York Islanders, a position he previously held with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Years as a Player: 1967-79

Years as a Coach: 1983-85, 1993-2011

Jacques Lemaire Montreal Canadiens
Jacques Lemaire, Montreal Canadiens, March 25, 1979 (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images)

Jacques Lemaire Statistics

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  • NHL All-Star Game — 1970, 1973
  • Jack Adams Award — 1994, 2003
  • Stanley Cup Champion (as player) — 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
  • Stanley Cup Champion (as coach) — 1995
  • Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame — 1984