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BERNARD GEOFFRION (1979-1980)

Bernard
Geoffrion

1979 -
Date of birth February 16th, 1931
Place of birth Montreal, QC, CAN
Deceased on March 11th, 2006
Seasons - MTL 1
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
TOTALS 30 15 9 6 0 36
1979-1980 30 15 9 6 - 36
Bernie Geoffrion, widely recognized as the first practitioner of the slapshot, was the Canadiens’ head coach during the first half of the 1979-80 season.

After serving as the coach of the New York Rangers and the Atlanta Flames, he obtained his dream job when he replaced Scotty Bowman behind the bench in Montreal.

The 1979-80 season figured to be a strong one for the Canadiens as Guy Lafleur burned up the ice and Larry Robinson, Bob Gainey and Steve Shutt were all at the top of their game.

Chronic stomach problems, however, prevented Geoffrion from finishing the season and he was forced to yield his position midway through the schedule. Claude Ruel took over and continued Geoffrion’s excellent work, leading the team to a 107-point finish that included 47 wins.

Geoffrion died on March 11, 2006, the same day the Canadiens had chosen to hold his No. 5 jersey retirement ceremony.