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The Hon.
 Jacques Demers

Assumed office 
August 27, 2009
Appointed by Stephen Harper
Preceded by Yoine Goldstein

Born August 25, 1944 (1944-08-25) (age 65)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Conservative

Jacques Demers (born August 25, 1944) is a Canadian Senator, and former head coach for the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League. He is currently an analyst for the Montreal Canadiens games on RDS. On August 27, 2009, Jacques Demers was nominated to fill the Canadian senate seat vacated by Lise Bacon by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.[1]



Two of the franchises that Demers coached in the WHA were the Chicago Cougars and the Quebec Nordiques. Demers had the opportunity to coach Wayne Gretzky in the 1979 WHA All-Star Game. The format of the game was a three game series between the WHA All-Stars against HC Moscow Dynamo. The WHA All-Stars were coached by Jacques Demers and Demers asked Gordie Howe if it was okay to put him on a line with Wayne Gretzky and his son Mark Howe. [2] In Game One, the line scored seven points, as the WHA All-Stars won by a score of 4–2. [2] In game two, Gretzky and Mark Howe each scored a goal and Gordie Howe picked up an assist as the WHA won 4–2. [2] The line did not score in the final game but the WHA won by a score of 4–3.


While in the NHL, he coached for the Quebec Nordiques, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning. He has won two consecutive Jack Adams Awards for NHL Coach of the Year with Detroit in 1987 and 1988, the only person to do this in consecutive years. In 1993, he led Montreal to its most recent Stanley Cup. He is currently working as a commentator for the Canadian sports network RDS.

In 2007, he was named the 100th most influential personality in hockey by The Hockey News magazine.

Coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
IND 1975–76 80 35 39 6 76 1st in East Lost in second round
IND 1976–77 81 36 37 8 80 3rd in East Lost in second round
CIN 1977–78 80 35 42 3 73 7th in WHA Missed playoffs
QUE 1978–79 80 41 34 5 87 2nd in WHA Lost in second round
QUE 1979–80 80 25 44 11 61 5th in Adams Missed playoffs
FRE 1981–82 80 20 55 5 45 5th in North Missed playoffs
FRE 1982–83 80 45 27 8 98 1st in North Lost in second round
STL 1983–84 80 32 41 7 71 2nd in Norris Lost in second round
STL 1984–85 80 37 31 12 86 1st in Norris Lost in first round
STL 1985–86 80 37 34 9 83 3rd in Norris Lost in third round
DET 1986–87 80 34 36 10 78 2nd in Norris Lost in third round
DET 1987–88 80 41 28 11 93 1st in Norris Lost in third round
DET 1988–89 80 34 34 12 80 1st in Norris Lost in first round
DET 1989–90 80 28 38 14 70 5th in Norris Missed playoffs
MTL 1992–93 84 48 30 6 102 3rd in Adams Won Stanley Cup
MTL 1993–94 84 41 29 14 96 3rd in Northeast Lost in first round
MTL 1994–95 48 18 23 7 43 6th in Northeast Missed playoffs
MTL 1995–96 5 0 5 0 (90) 3rd in Northeast (Fired)
TB 1997–98 63 15 40 8 (44) 7th in Atlantic Missed playoffs
TB 1998–99 82 19 54 9 47 4th in Southeast Missed playoffs

Literacy struggles

On 02 November 2005, Jacques Demers released a biography, written by Mario Leclerc, titled En toutes lettres (English translation: All Spelled Out) where he revealed that he is functionally illiterate. [3]

On 28 August 2009, CBC Radio One reported that Mr. Demers was chosen to fill the Senate seat of Lise Bacon by P.M. Harper. While Demers is a fluent bilingual, according to the report, Mr. Demers has "raised awareness about literacy issues"" by "going public with his own struggles." A series of Montreal residents were interviewed regarding the appointment and were generally positive about the move. Many however noted that it was "important that he learn to read."[4]


  1. ^ "Jacques Demers to be among Senate appointees". CTV. 2009-08-27. Retrieved 2009-08-27.  
  2. ^ a b c Willes, Ed (2004). The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. p. 221. ISBN 0771089473. OCLC 55104983.  
  3. ^ | Former NHL coach Demers admits illiteracy
  4. ^ CBC Radio One. Ottawa Morning. August 28th, 2009.  

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