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GMs

RÉJEAN HOULE (1995-2000)

Réjean
Houle

1995 -
Date of birth October 25th, 1949
Place of birth Rouyn, QC, CAN
Seasons - MTL 5
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 410 175 173 58 4 412
1995-1996 82 40 32 10 0 90
1996-1997 82 31 36 15 0 77
1997-1998 82 37 32 13 0 87
1998-1999 82 32 39 11 - 75
1999-2000 82 35 34 9 4 83
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 21 7 14  
1995-1996 6 2 4 Conference quarterfinals
1996-1997 5 1 4 Conference quarterfinals
1997-1998 10 4 6 Conference semifinals
Rejean Houle was the Canadiens’ general manager from 1995 to 2000.

During his first season in the position, he made the most publicized trade in team history. On December 5, 1995, Houle dealt Patrick Roy and Mike Keane to the Colorado Avalanche in return for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Rucinsky and Andrei Kovalenko.

Over the course of his tenure, Houle also traded star players such as Mark Recchi, Vincent Damphousse and Pierre Turgeon in exchange for a variety of players that failed to make much of a mark with the Canadiens.

In his first three seasons as the team’s GM, Houle led the Canadiens to the playoffs, but was unable to get the Habs past the second round.

After that, the team struggled and missed the playoffs in consecutive years. During the 1998-99 season, Montreal finished last in its division for the first time in 59 years.

The Canadiens got off to a rough start in 2000-01, which cost Houle his job two months into the season. He was replaced by Andre Savard.

In just over five seasons with Montreal, Houle enjoyed success at the draft table, selecting future NHLers Stephane Robidas (1995, 7th round), Mathieu Garon (1996, 2nd round), Mike Ribeiro (1998, 2nd round), Francois Beauchemin (1998, 3rd round), Andrei Markov (1998, 6th round) and Michael Ryder (1998, 8th round).