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JACQUES LEMAIRE (1967-1979)

Jacques
Lemaire

1952-1963
Position C
Shoots L
Weight 180lbs
Height 5'10"
Date of birth September 7th, 1945
Place of birth Lasalle, QC, CAN
Seasons - MTL 12
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 853 366 469 835 349 217
1967-1968 69 22 20 42 15 16
1968-1969 75 29 34 63 31 29
1969-1970 69 32 28 60 19 16
1970-1971 78 28 28 56 0 18
1971-1972 77 32 49 81 37 26
1972-1973 77 44 51 95 59 16
1973-1974 66 29 38 67 4 10
1974-1975 80 36 56 92 25 20
1975-1976 61 20 32 52 26 20
1976-1977 75 34 41 75 70 22
1977-1978 76 36 61 97 54 14
1978-1979 50 24 31 55 9 10
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 145 61 78 139 0 63
1967-1968 13 7 6 13 0 6
1968-1969 14 4 2 6 0 6
1970-1971 20 9 10 19 0 17
1971-1972 6 2 1 3 0 2
1972-1973 17 7 13 20 0 2
1973-1974 6 0 4 4 0 2
1974-1975 11 5 7 12 0 4
1975-1976 13 3 3 6 0 2
1976-1977 14 7 12 19 0 6
1977-1978 15 6 8 14 0 10
1978-1979 16 11 12 23 0 6

EQUALLY SUCCESSFUL WITH THE PUCK AS HE WAS WITHOUT IT, JACQUES LEMAIRE, WITH 835 POINTS OVER 12 SEASONS, SITS SEVENTH ON THE CANADIENS’ ALL-TIME LIST.

Jacques Lemaire spent a dozen years with the Canadiens, quietly becoming one of the team’s all-time greats. He cracked the lineup in 1967-68 under Toe Blake and quickly established himself as a reliable performer at both ends of the ice.

A strong skater and creative playmaker, “Coco”, as he was known to his teammates, also had a booming shot that he used to great effect. He scored 22 goals and assisted on 20 others, posting respectable if unspectacular numbers for a rookie.

Come playoff time, Lemaire turned it up a notch. He picked up 13 points in as many games, serving notice that he could be relied upon as a clutch performer and playing an important role in the first of his eventual eight Stanley Cup Championships.

His speed, anticipation and dogged determination made him a standout defensive forward, but Lemaire was no slouch when it came to his offensive production. He potted at least 20 goals in each of his 12 campaigns.

A natural playmaker and as dangerous without the puck as he was when he controlled it, Lemaire was a threat to score from virtually any spot on the ice. His powerful slap shot, often unleashed from beyond the blue line, found the mesh behind many startled goaltenders.

Playing on a team filled with future Hall of Famers, Lemaire was not often in the spotlight but he soldiered on, playing impeccable defensive hockey while still managing to finish the season among the team’s top scorers year after year.

Moving up the depth chart as others retired, Lemaire was an established veteran by the time he was placed between wingers Guy Lafleur and Steve Shutt. Together, they formed the most potent offensive threat the Habs had iced since the glory days of the “Punch Line”.

Shutt had the fastest hands and quickest release around. Lafleur played purely by instinct and reflex; there was no telling where he’d go. Jacques Lemaire was the dependable and reliable one who did the heavy lifting. He won the faceoffs, dug the puck out of the scrums and fed his more spectacular linemates with unerring passes that they converted in record-setting numbers.

In the playoffs, Lemaire didn’t take a backseat to anyone. One of the NHL’s all-time greatest “money players”, he has three overtime goals to his credit, among them the Cup winner in 1977.

Lemaire’s last NHL goal was the 1979 Stanley Cup winner. Only five others have scored more than one.

Despite being known primarily as a defensive center, Lemaire’s regular season performances place him seventh among all Habs for both goals and points accumulated over a career. He is fifth for total assists.

His playoff numbers are even more impressive. Lemaire is seventh in both goals and assists and his 139 career playoff points are second only to Jean Béliveau on the all-time list.

One of the game’s top strategists, Lemaire began his coaching career behind the Canadiens bench before moving to New Jersey where he had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup in the spring of 1995, this time as head coach. In 2000, Lemaire was hired as the first-ever head coach of the expansion Minnesota Wild.

Jacques Lemaire was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984.