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Born September 2, 1956 (1956-09-02) (age 53),
Alma, PQ, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Right
Pro clubs AHL
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
NHL
Montreal Canadiens
NHL Draft 12th overall, 1974
Montreal Canadiens
Career 1974 – 1986

Mario Tremblay (born September 2, 1956, in Alma, Quebec) is a former professional ice hockey player and a former National Hockey League head coach. He is now the assistant coach of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.

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Playing career

Tremblay, nicknamed "Le bleuet bionique" (The Bionic Blueberry), played with the Montreal Canadiens for his entire NHL playing career (1974 to 1986), and was also the coach of the club from 1995 until his resignation in 1997, winning five Stanley Cup championships with the team as a player in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1986. Although his playing days have been overshadowed by his controversial coaching career, Tremblay is 10th on the Montreal Canadiens all time list for plus-minus at 184.

Coaching career

He is best known for his long running dispute with star goaltender Patrick Roy, which eventually led to Roy's departure from Montreal. The two had almost come to blows in a Long Island coffee shop before Tremblay was announced as a coach and his first appearance in the dressing room was greeted with snickers from Roy.

They almost fought a second time after Tremblay fired a shot at Roy's throat during practice, by which point it was only a matter of time before the hot-tempered Tremblay and his star goalie reached the point of no return.

Tremblay kept Patrick Roy in net during a December 2, 1995, game versus the Detroit Red Wings, in which the Wings scored 9 goals on Roy, who was jeered by the Montreal fans. Roy stormed off the ice and told team president Ronald Corey that it was the last game he would play for the Canadiens. Four days later, Roy was traded to Colorado with captain Mike Keane for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Ručínský and Andrei Kovalenko. Roy went on to lead the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup twice before retiring. In contrast, all three players acquired in return did not play significant roles with the Canadiens and were all eventually traded.

Nearly a year later, Tremblay also had a heated verbal exchange with Canadiens enforcer Donald Brashear during a team practice prior to a game against the Avalanche in Denver. Brashear was later traded to the Vancouver Canucks.

As a head coach for Montreal, Tremblay coached 159 games, with 71 wins, 63 losses and 25 ties across two years with the team.

In 852 regular season games in the NHL, he scored 258 goals and added 326 assists for 584 points, with 1043 penalty minutes. Prior to his hiring this summer as assistant-coach of the New Jersey Devils, Tremblay served as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild. In both jobs, he was an assistant coach to Jacques Lemaire.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1972–73 Montreal Red White and Blue QMJHL 56 43 37 80 155
1973–74 Montreal Red White and Blue QMJHL 46 49 51 100 154
1974–75 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 15 10 8 18 47
1974–75 Montreal Canadiens NHL 63 21 18 39 108 11 0 1 1 7
1975–76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 71 11 16 27 88 10 0 1 1 27
1976–77 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 18 28 46 61 14 0 3 3 9
1977–78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 10 14 24 44 5 2 1 3 16
1978–79 Montreal Canadiens NHL 76 30 29 59 74 13 3 4 7 13
1979–80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 16 26 42 105 10 0 11 11 14
1980–81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 25 38 63 123 3 0 0 0 9
1981–82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 33 40 73 66 5 4 1 5 24
1982–83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 30 37 67 87 3 0 1 1 7
1983–84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 14 25 39 112 15 6 3 9 31
1984–85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 31 35 66 120 12 2 6 8 30
1985–86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 19 20 39 55
NHL totals 852 258 326 584 1043 101 20 29 49 187

Coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
GP W L T Pts Finish Result
MTL 1995–96 77 40 27 10 90 3rd in Northeast Lost in first round
MTL 1996–97 82 31 36 15 77 4th in Northeast Lost in first round
Total 159 71 63 25 167

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Preceded by
Jacques Demers
Head coaches of the Montreal Canadiens
199597
Succeeded by
Alain Vigneault
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