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MARIO TREMBLAY (1974-1986)

Mario
Tremblay

1952-1963
Position R
Shoots L
Date of birth September 2nd, 1956
Place of birth Alma, 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 852 258 326 584 184 1043
1974-1975 63 21 18 39 23 108
1975-1976 71 11 16 27 5 88
1976-1977 74 18 28 46 25 61
1977-1978 56 10 14 24 6 44
1978-1979 76 30 29 59 23 74
1979-1980 77 16 26 42 6 105
1980-1981 77 25 38 63 16 123
1981-1982 80 33 40 73 24 66
1982-1983 80 30 37 67 29 87
1983-1984 67 14 25 39 2 112
1984-1985 75 31 35 66 21 120
1985-1986 56 19 20 39 4 55
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 101 20 29 49 0 187
1974-1975 11 0 1 1 0 7
1975-1976 10 0 1 1 0 27
1976-1977 14 3 0 3 0 9
1977-1978 5 2 1 3 0 16
1978-1979 13 3 4 7 0 13
1979-1980 10 0 11 11 0 14
1980-1981 3 0 0 0 0 9
1981-1982 5 4 1 5 0 24
1982-1983 3 0 1 1 0 7
1983-1984 15 6 3 9 0 31
1984-1985 12 2 6 8 0 30

CRACKING THE CANADIENS’ LINEUP AS AN 18-YEAR-OLD, MARIO TREMBLAY DEVELOPED INTO ONE OF THE BEST DEFENSIVE FORWARDS IN THE LEAGUE DURING HIS 12 SEASONS WITH THE TEAM.

The term “worker” more than adequately describes the type of player that Mario Tremblay was. The right-winger rarely took an evening off during a 10-year NHL career - all spent with the Canadiens - and was universally regarded by his teammates as one of the most dogged competitors around.

The “Bionic Blueberry”, so nicknamed due to his Lac-St-Jean birthplace, took part in five Stanley Cup conquests, four in a row between 1976 and 1979 and again in 1986. Sidelined by a shoulder injury suffered on March 17 in a collision with Quebec Nordiques defenseman Robert Picard, Tremblay was unable to answer the call in the 1986 playoffs.

The injury forced him to hang up his skates the next September and, after working in radio and television for several years, Tremblay returned to the fold, named Canadiens head coach in 1994, a post he would hold for two seasons

Born in Alma, Quebec on September 2, 1956, Mario Tremblay joined the Canadiens at the 1974 Amateur Draft. Chosen 12th overall, he made his NHL debut the following season at the age of 18.

During his sophomore season, Tremblay was matched with Doug Risebrough and Yvon Lambert, both recent graduates to the big club. It turned out to be one of coach Scotty Bowman’s best decisions and paid dividends for the Canadiens in the 1975-76 campaign, with the three combining to form a feisty, two-way trio that played a major role in the first of four consecutive Stanley Cup titles.

During the 1978 Stanley Cup Finals against Boston, Tremblay took matters into his own hands in the fifth game, potting the marker that kept the Stanley Cup in Montreal for a third straight year.

A player who never backed down, Tremblay played a part in one of the NHL’s most unruly moments, the sixth game of the Adams Division Final between Montreal and Quebec, on April 20, that has been tagged the “Good Friday Massacre”. He was tossed from the game for his manhandling of Peter Stastny during the violent bench-clearing brawl that also saw teammates Chris Nilan, Mark Hunter, Mike McPhee and Richard Sévigny get sent to the showers for their parts in the proceedings.

The 1982-83 Molson Cup recipient maintained a career-long reputation as a player who could take care of business at either end of the rink. Even without Lafleur’s hands and Cournoyer’s speed, Tremblay managed to put five 25-goal seasons into the record book, picking up 60 or more points four times.

After taking part in 953 games in a Montreal sweater, Mario Tremblay accepted GM Réjean Houle’s offer and took over the coaching reins from Jacques Demers shortly after the start of the 1994-95 schedule. Tremblay ran the Canadiens bench for 159 regular season games, compiling a record of 71 wins and 63 losses, as tough and demanding with his team as he had been on himself in his playing days.

Always a model for teammates to emulate in terms of passion for the game and devotion to his job, Tremblay’s experience and enthusiasm has benefited the Minnesota’s young players for eight seasons. Hired by former linemate amd Wild GM Doug Risebrough, he has served as assistant coach under Jacques Lemaire until 2008-09. He joined Lemaire on the Devils' coaching staff in July 2009.