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Joseph Daniel Mario Tremblay (born September 2, 1956 in Alma, Quebec) is a former professional ice hockey player and former coach in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was honoured by his hometown of Alma, which named its local arena "Le Centre Mario-Tremblay".[citation needed] Since 1981, Tremblay has owned the sports bar in his hometown called "Bar-Restaurant chez Mario Tremblay".[citation needed]

Mario Tremblay
Born (1956-09-02) September 2, 1956 (age 63)
Alma, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Montreal Canadiens
NHL Draft 12th overall, 1974
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1974–1986

Playing careerEdit

Tremblay, nicknamed "Le bleuet bionique" (The Bionic Blueberry), played his junior hockey with the Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge and played with the Montreal Canadiens for his entire NHL playing career (1974 to 1986), winning five Stanley Cup championships with the team as a player in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1986. In 852 regular season games in the NHL, he scored 258 goals and added 326 assists for 584 points, with 1043 penalty minutes. He scored the winning goal in game six of the 1978 Stanley Cup finals, giving the cup to the Canadiens. He was the winner of the Molson Cup for the 1982-83 season. Tremblay is 10th on the Montreal Canadiens all-time list for plus-minus at 184. Tremblay remains the youngest goal scorer in franchise history, having achieved his inaugural tally at age 18 years, 75 days on November 16, 1974 against the New York Rangers at the Forum.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Tremblay was hired four games into the 1995–96 season as head coach of the Canadiens although he had no previous coaching experience. As coach, he developed a long running dispute with star goaltender Patrick Roy, which eventually led to Roy's departure from Montreal. The two had almost come to blows in a Long Island coffee shop before Tremblay was announced as coach, and Roy snickered when Tremblay arrived in the dressing room for the first time. They almost fought a second time after Tremblay fired a shot at Roy's throat during practice.

Tremblay kept Roy in net during a December 2, 1995, game versus the Detroit Red Wings, in which the Wings scored nine goals on Roy, who was jeered by the Montreal fans. Roy stormed off the ice and told team president Ronald Corey that he would never play for the Canadiens again. Four days later, Roy was traded to Colorado with captain Mike Keane for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Rucinsky and Andrei Kovalenko. Roy went on to lead the Avalanche to two Stanley Cups before retiring. The rivalry would continue into the coaching ranks, as Roy would later (on October 15, 2013) tie Tremblay's record for longest winning streak (six games) to begin an NHL coaching career.

Nearly a year after Roy left the Canadiens, Tremblay also had a heated verbal exchange with Habs enforcer Donald Brashear during a team practice prior to a game against the Avalanche in Denver. Brashear was later traded to the Vancouver Canucks.

As a head coach for Montreal, Tremblay coached 159 games, with 71 wins, 63 losses and 25 ties across two years with the team.

In 2001, Tremblay became an assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild under head coach Jacques Lemaire. He remained there for seven seasons, through 2008-09. In 2009, he followed Lemaire to the New Jersey Devils where he remained an assistant coach under Lemaire. Lemaire retired in 2010 after one season in New Jersey and Tremblay was not retained as assistant coach. He then joined the Quebec sport network RDS as a hockey analyst for the Montreal Canadiens games.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Mario is the uncle of the professional hockey player, Pascal Trépanier.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1972–73 Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge QMJHL 56 43 37 80 155 4 0 1 1 4
1973–74 Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge QMJHL 46 49 51 100 154 7 1 3 4 17
1974–75 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 15 10 8 18 47
1974–75 Montreal Canadiens NHL 63 21 18 39 108 11 0 1 1 7
1975–76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 71 11 16 27 88 10 0 1 1 27
1976–77 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 18 28 46 61 14 0 3 3 9
1977–78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 10 14 24 44 5 2 1 3 16
1978–79 Montreal Canadiens NHL 76 30 29 59 74 13 3 4 7 13
1979–80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 16 26 42 105 10 0 11 11 14
1980–81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 25 38 63 123 3 0 0 0 9
1981–82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 33 40 73 66 5 4 1 5 24
1982–83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 30 37 67 87 3 0 1 1 7
1983–84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 14 25 39 112 15 6 3 9 31
1984–85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 31 35 66 120 12 2 6 8 30
1985–86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 19 20 39 55
NHL totals 852 258 326 584 1043 101 20 29 49 187

Coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
GP W L T Pts Finish Result
MTL 1995–96 77 40 27 10 90 3rd in Northeast Lost in first round
MTL 1996–97 82 31 36 15 77 4th in Northeast Lost in first round
Total 159 71 63 25 167

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ NHL.com (November 2, 2018). "Facts and figures: Canadiens strike fast to make history Domi, Armia score two seconds apart; Kotkaniemi has first two NHL goals". Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Mario Tremblay se joint à RDS". July 29, 2010.

Molson Cup winner : http://ourhistory.canadiens.com/player/Mario-Tremblay

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