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Born December 13, 1953 (1953-12-13) (age 56),
Peterborough, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Pro clubs Montreal Canadiens
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 8th overall, 1973
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft 7th overall, 1973
Minnesota Fighting Saints
Playing career 1973 – 1989
Hall of Fame, 1992

Robert Michael "Le Capitaine" Gainey (born December 13, 1953, in Peterborough, Ontario) is the former executive vice president and general manager of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is also a former professional ice hockey player who played for the Canadiens from 1973 until 1989. After retiring from active play, he became a hockey coach and later an executive with the NHL Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars organization before returning to Montreal as general manager from 2003 to 2010. As of the 8th of February, 2010, Gainey left his position as the Habs' GM.

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Early years

From 1970 to 1973, Gainey had his junior start with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League.

Professional years

A defensive specialist, Gainey played with the Montreal Canadiens from 1973–74 to 1988–89, winning four consecutive Frank J. Selke Trophies, awarded to the league's best defensive forward and five Stanley Cups (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986). In 1973, Gainey was drafted into both the WHA and the NHL. The Montreal Canadiens had selected him in the first round, 8th overall in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft and the Minnesota Fighting Saints had also drafted him in the first round, 7th overall in the 1973 WHA Amateur Draft. Gainey never played in the WHA as he spent his entire career playing for the Canadiens in the NHL. He was team captain of the Canadiens from 1981 until his retirement in 1989.

In total, he played in 1160 regular season games, scored 239 goals, and registered 263 assists. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992. For the majority of his career he was regarded by many in the Soviet Union hockey system as the greatest hockey player ever. Gainey was described as the world's best all-around player by legendary Soviet national team coach Anatoli Tarasov.

In 1998, Gainey was ranked number 86 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players. Gainey's name went on the Stanley Cup a 6th time in 1999 as General Manager with Dallas. On March 9, 2009, Gainey returned as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens after firing Guy Carbonneau. During the 2009 off-season, he signed Jacques Martin as the new head coach. On Feb 8, 2010, he resigned as the Canadiens general manager for personal reasons.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72 Peterborough Petes OHA 1 0 0 0 31
1972–73 Peterborough Petes OHA 52 22 21 43 99
1973–74 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 3 7 10 34 6 0 0 0 6
1973–74 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 6 2 5 7 4
1974–75 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 17 20 37 49 11 2 4 6 4
1975–76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 15 13 28 57 13 1 3 4 20
1976–77 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 14 19 33 41 14 4 1 5 25
1977–78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 15 16 31 57 15 2 7 9 14
1978–79 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 20 18 38 44 16 6 10 16 10
1979–80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 64 14 19 33 32 10 1 1 2 4
1980–81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 23 24 47 36 3 0 0 0 2
1981–82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 21 24 45 24 5 0 1 1 8
1982–83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 12 18 30 43 3 0 0 0 4
1983–84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 17 22 39 41 15 1 5 6 9
1984–85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 19 13 32 40 12 1 3 4 13
1985–86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 20 23 43 20 20 5 5 10 12
1986–87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 47 8 8 16 19 17 1 3 4 6
1987–88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 11 11 22 14 6 0 1 1 6
1988–89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 49 10 7 17 34 16 1 4 5 8
NHL totals 1139 239 262 501 585 182 25 48 73 151
OHA totals 53 22 21 43 130
AHL totals 6 2 5 7 4

Post hockey playing years

After his retirement, Gainey moved to France where he was player/coach for the Epinal Écureuil. Gainey returned to North America a year later and became head coach of the Minnesota North Stars in 1990–91, guiding his team to the sixth game of the Stanley Cup finals in his first season. In January 1992, Gainey also was named general manager. In 1993, after the franchise relocated to Dallas, he stepped down as head coach to focus solely on his general manager duties. Gainey turned the franchise into a powerhouse by acquiring players such as Joe Nieuwendyk, Brett Hull, Ed Belfour and Sergei Zubov. The team won the Presidents' Trophy in 1998 and 1999. Dallas won the Stanley Cup in 1999.

On June 21, 1995, Gainey's wife, Cathy lost her five-year battle with brain cancer.

In 1997, as Stars general manager, Gainey drafted his son Steve Gainey 77th overall in the annual NHL Entry Draft. Steve is currently playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL.

Along with Bobby Clarke and Pierre Gauthier, Gainey was given the responsibility of selecting Canada's men's ice hockey squad for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Gainey became general manager of the Montreal Canadiens in May 2003. On January 13, 2006, Gainey fired Canadiens' head coach Claude Julien and stepped in as head coach on an interim basis. At the same time, he hired Guy Carbonneau to work as an associate coach, handing the coaching reins over to him for the 2006–2007 season. On July 24, 2006, Montreal Canadiens president Pierre Boivin extended Gainey's contract to 2009–2010.

On February 23, 2008, the Canadiens retired Gainey's #23 jersey. On March 5, 2009 a grandson was born, Jackson Robert Pitfield. On March 9, 2009, Gainey named himself the interim coach of the Montreal Canadiens after firing Guy Carbonneau. On June 1, 2009, Jacques Martin replaced Gainey as head coach.

When the NHL returned to Minnesota in 2000, his former teammate, Jacques Lemaire, became the new Minnesota franchise's head coach, remaining until 2009.

NHL Managing record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Best Result
MIN 1990–91 80 27 39 14 - 68 4th in Norris Stanley Cup Final
MIN 1991–92 80 32 42 6 - 70 4th in Norris First round of playoffs
MIN 1992–93 84 36 38 10 - 82 5th in Norris Did not qualify
DAL 1993–94 84 42 29 13 - 97 3rd in Central Conference Semi-finals
DAL 1994–95 48 17 23 8 42 5th in Central Conference Quarter-finals
DAL 1995–96 82 26 42 14 66 6th, Central Did not qualify
DAL 1996–97 82 48 26 8 104 1st, Central Conference Quarter-finals
DAL 1997–98 82 49 22 11 109 1st, Central Conference Finals
DAL 1998–99 82 51 19 12 114 1st, Pacific Stanley Cup champion
DAL 1999–2000 82 43 23 10 6 102 1st, Pacific Stanley Cup Final
DAL 2000–01 82 48 24 8 2 106 1st, Pacific Conference Semi-finals
MTL 2003–04 82 41 30 7 4 93 4th, Northeast Conference Semi-finals
MTL 2004–05 Season cancelled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
MTL 2005–06 82 42 31 9 93 3rd, Northeast Conference Quarter-finals
MTL 2006–07 82 42 34 6 90 4th, Northeast Did not qualify
MTL 2007–08 82 47 25 10 104 1st, Northeast Conference Semi-finals
MTL 2008–09 82 41 30 11 93 2nd, Northeast Conference Quarter-finals
Total 1278 632 477 121 48

NHL coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
MIN 1990–91 80 27 39 14 - 68 4th in Norris Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
MIN 1991–92 80 32 42 6 - 70 4th in Norris Lost in first round
MIN 1992–93 84 36 38 10 - 82 5th in Norris Missed playoffs
DAL 1993–94 84 42 29 13 - 97 3rd in Central Lost in second round
DAL 1994–95 48 17 23 8 - 42 5th in Central Lost in first round
DAL 1995–96 39 11 19 9 - (66) 6th in Central (fired)
MTL 2005–06 41 23 15 - 5 (93) 3rd in Northeast Lost in first round
MTL 2008–09 16 6 6 - 4 (93) 2nd in Northeast Lost in first round
Total 472 194 211 60 9

Laura Gainey

On December 8, 2006, Gainey's 25 year-old daughter Laura Gainey was swept overboard while sailing in the North Atlantic. Gainey temporarily passed his GM duties on to assistant manager Pierre Gauthier while awaiting word on efforts to find Laura. She was sailing on the barque Picton Castle, a sail-training ship based out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, destined for Grenada. On December 11, 2006, at 6pm EST the United States Coast Guard held a press conference in Portsmouth, Virginia, to confirm that the search for Laura had been halted. Gainey rejoined the Canadiens on January 2, 2007.

On January 3, 2007, officials in the Cook Islands named Captain Andrew Scheer to head an investigation into Laura'a death. Captain Scheer interviewed the 30-strong crew as well as examine the ship’s logs, emergency equipment and crew qualifications. The tall ship is registered in the Cook Islands.

Laura's death and the subsequent investigations have received considerable press attention in Canada, including a documentary produced by the CBC News program the fifth estate, which was highly critical of safety standards on the Picton Castle.[1]

References

  1. ^ [1] CBC News, the fifth estate, Overboard

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Preceded by
Award created
Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
19781981
Succeeded by
Steve Kasper
Preceded by
Larry Robinson
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
1979
Succeeded by
Bryan Trottier
Preceded by
Serge Savard
Montreal Canadiens captains
198189
Succeeded by
Guy Carbonneau
Chris Chelios
Preceded by
Pierre Page
Head coaches of the Minnesota North Stars
199093
Succeeded by
Jacques Lemaire (as Minnesota Wild)
Preceded by
Franchise relocated from Minnesota
Head coaches of the Dallas Stars
199395
Succeeded by
Ken Hitchcock
Preceded by
Bobby Clarke
General manager of the Minnesota North Stars
1992–93
Succeeded by
Doug Risebrough (as Minnesota Wild)
Preceded by
Franchise relocated from Minnesota
General manager of the Dallas Stars
19932002
Succeeded by
Doug Armstrong
Preceded by
Andre Savard
General manager of the Montreal Canadiens
200310
Succeeded by
Pierre Gauthier
Preceded by
Claude Julien
Head coaches of the Montreal Canadiens
2006 (interim)
Succeeded by
Guy Carbonneau
Preceded by
Guy Carbonneau
Head coaches of the Montreal Canadiens
2009 (interim)
Succeeded by
Jacques Martin
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