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MARIO TREMBLAY (1995-1997)

Mario
Tremblay

1995 -
Date of birth September 2nd, 1956
Place of birth Alma, QC, CAN
Seasons - MTL 2
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 159 71 63 25 0 167
1995-1996 77 40 27 10 0 90
1996-1997 82 31 36 15 0 77
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
RESULT Result
TOTALS 11 3 8  
1995-1996 6 2 4 Conference quarterfinals
1996-1997 5 1 4 Conference quarterfinals
After an outstanding playing career with the Montreal Canadiens, Mario Tremblay succeeded Jacques Demers as the team’s head coach early in the 1995-96 season, becoming the 23rd coach in team history after the Habs got off to an 0-5 start.

Tremblay was able to right the ship and the team finished strongly to end the season with a record of 40-27-6, despite the controversial departure of star goalie Patrick Roy.

Led by Vincent Damphousse and Pierre Turgeon, who tied for the team lead with 38 goals apiece, the Canadiens qualified for the playoffs.

Facing the New York Rangers in the first round, the Habs surprised their opponents by winning the first two games. The joy in Montreal was shortlived as New York reeled off four straight wins to eliminate the Canadiens.

One year after the Roy incident, the mercurial coach had a run-in with enforcer Donald Brashear during a team practice in Denver. Brashear was subsequently traded to Vancouver.

In his second season at the helm, Tremblay fashioned a 31-36-15 mark and managed to return the team to the playoffs. The result was the same for the second season in a row, a first-round exit at the hands of the New Jersey Devils.

Tremblay resigned after the 1996-97 season. In two years as the Canadiens’ coach, he had a 71-63-25 record.

He was the last Canadiens’ coach in the team’s last game at the Forum on March 11, 1996, prior to the team’s move to the Molson Centre. Tremblay’s team posted a 4-1 win over Dallas.