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Richard Martel MP (born March 23, 1961) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and politician. He last coached the Grenoble Brûleurs de Loups in the French Ligue Magnus. Martel was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in a by-election on June 18, 2018. He represents the electoral district of Chicoutimi—Le Fjord as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Richard Martel

Richard Martel (cropped).jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Chicoutimi—Le Fjord
Assumed office
June 18, 2018
Preceded byDenis Lemieux
Personal details
Born (1961-03-23) March 23, 1961 (age 58)
Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Annie Houle
ResidenceChicoutimi, Quebec
OccupationIce hockey coach

Coaching career
Team(s)Saint-Hyacinthe Laser
Val-d'Or Foreurs
Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Chicoutimi Sagueneens
Brûleurs de Loups (France)
Years as a coach1993–2015

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Coaching careerEdit

Martel was an assistant coach under Jos Canale from 1991 to 1993 in Chicoutimi.[1][2] Between 1993 and 2011, Martel served as a head coach in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) where he twice won the Ron Lapointe Trophy as the QMJHL coach of the year. On February 28, 2010, Martel became the winningest coach in the history of the QMJHL when he coached the Chicoutimi Saguenéens to a 3-1 victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar to win his 570th QMJHL game, surpassing previous record held by Guy Chouinard.[3]

Coaching recordEdit

QMJHLEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL W-L% Finish Result
Saint-Hyacinthe 1993-94 72 35 30 7 0 .535 4th in Lebel Eliminated - Round 1
Saint-Hyacinthe 1994-95 72 26 42 4 0 .389 5th in Lebel Eliminated - Round 1
Val-d'Or 1995-96 70 39 24 7 0 .607 3rd in Lebel Eliminated - Round 2
Val-d'Or 1996-97 70 40 28 2 0 .586 3rd in Lebel Eliminated - Semi Finals
Val-d'Or 1997-98 58 29 23 6 0 .552 (replaced mid-season)
Baie-Comeau 1998-99 53 17 32 4 0 .358 7th in Dilio Missed Playoffs
Baie-Comeau 1999-00 72 31 31 5 5 .500 3rd in East Eliminated - Round 1
Baie-Comeau 2000-01 72 41 23 8 0 .625 1st in East Eliminated - Semi Finals
Baie-Comeau 2001-02 72 38 25 7 2 .590 2nd in East Eliminated - Round 1
Baie-Comeau 2002-03 72 50 14 6 2 .750 1st in East Eliminated - Semi Finals
Chicoutimi 2003-04 42 23 13 5 1 .619 2nd in Eastern Eliminated - Semi Finals
Chicoutimi 2004-05 70 38 19 6 7 .636 2nd in Eastern Eliminated - Semi Finals
Chicoutimi 2005-06 70 51 15 0 4 .757 2nd in Western Eliminated - Round 2
Chicoutimi 2006-07 70 34 28 0 8 .543 8th in Telus Eliminated - Round 1
Chicoutimi 2007-08 70 37 25 0 8 .585 4th in Telus Eliminated - Round 1
Chicoutimi 2008-09 68 24 32 0 12 .441 3rd in Telus East Eliminated - Round 1
Chicoutimi 2009-10 68 26 33 0 9 .449 3rd in Telus East Eliminated - Round 1
Chicoutimi 2009-10 50 18 22 0 10 .460 (replaced mid-season)
Total 1191 597 459 67 68 Win%: .501
 
Martel in 2014

Source:[4]

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
Ron Lapointe Trophy - QMJHL Coach of the Year 1993–94 [5]
Ron Lapointe Trophy - QMJHL Coach of the Year 2004–05 [6]

PoliticsEdit

 
Andrew Scheer at opening of Martel's campaign office

On December 20, 2017, Martel was named the Conservative candidate for an upcoming by-election in the federal electoral district of Chicoutimi—Le Fjord.[7] Martel had previously been courted to run for mayor of Saguenay as well as the National Assembly of Quebec.[8]

Martel was elected as a Member of Parliament on June 18, 2018, gaining the seat from the Liberals.[9]

Electoral recordEdit

Canadian federal by-election, June 18, 2018: Chicoutimi—Le Fjord
Resignation of Denis Lemieux
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Martel 12,600 52.76 +36.16
Liberal Lina Boivin 7,044 29.50 -1.60
New Democratic Éric Dubois 2,065 8.65 -21.07
Bloc Québécois Catherine Bouchard-Tremblay 1,337 5.60 -14.92
Green Lynda Youde 738 3.09 +1.02
Independent John Turmel 98 0.41
Total valid votes/Expense limit 23,882 98.67
Total rejected ballots 322 1.33 -0.34
Turnout 24,294 36.52 -30.15
Eligible voters 66,267
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +18.88
Source:Elections Canada: Official Voting Results

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Émond, Serge (November 17, 2010). "Canale de retour avec les Sags". Le Quotidien (in French). Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "Jos Canale devient conseiller avec les Saguenéens". Chicoutimi Saguenéens (in French). November 16, 2010. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "Richard Martel of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens now QMJHL's winningest head coach - NHL.com - News". nhl.com. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "Richard Martel's profile". hockeyDB.com. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "Coach Martel ties record as Sagueneens beat Drakkar". tsn.ca. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "QMJHL: Martel gets win in 1000th game". tsn.ca. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  7. ^ Houle, Jean (December 20, 2017). "L'ex-entraîneur Richard Martel officiellement candidat pour le Parti conservateur". Journal de Quebec. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  8. ^ Tremblay, Louis (December 20, 2017). "Richard Martel fait le saut en politique chez les conservateurs". Le Quotidien. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Le conservateur Richard Martel élu député fédéral de Chicoutimi–Le Fjord". Journal De Quebec. Agence QMI. June 19, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.

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