Yvon Lambert

Yvon Pierre Lambert (born May 20, 1950) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward.[1]

Yvon Lambert
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Born (1950-05-20) May 20, 1950 (age 70)
Drummondville, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 40th overall, 1970
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1970–1984

Lambert was born in Drummondville, Quebec. Although drafted in 1970 by the Detroit Red Wings, Lambert started his National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1973. He spent nine years in Montreal before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres. Lambert is best known for scoring the winning goal in overtime of game seven of the 1979 Stanley Cup Semi-Finals against the Boston Bruins, the culmination of an exciting game most memorable for a career-damaging coaching error by Don Cherry with two minutes left in regulation. Lambert won four consecutive Stanley Cups with the Canadiens from 1976 to 1979. Lambert played his final two seasons with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL), winning the 1982-83 Calder Cup. He retired after the Americans lost to the Maine Mariners in Game 5 of the 1983-84 Calder Cup Finals.

After being traded to Montreal, a year after being drafted by the Red Wings, Lambert thought he would never make it to the NHL since the Canadiens had a young and talented squad. It was his desire to get back to Detroit, which had an aging squad at the time, including Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio, that made him push himself to perform well with the Port Huron Flags since every young player at time knew they would probably have a chance to replace these players.

After a great season with Port Huron, Ned Harkness, the Red Wings coach, told Lambert that if he stayed in form he would have a good chance to be given another chance with the Red Wings the following season. In August 1972, Lambert was surprised by reading in the newspaper that his services were being kept by the Canadiens. He stated in French, "During the first day at the camp, at the forum of Montreal, there was 80 players and I find myself next to Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer, Serge Savard, Jacques Lemaire, and Larry Robinson. Whew! I felt so small".[2]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1968–69 Drummondville Rangers QJAHL 29 37 66
1969–70 Drummondville Rangers QMJHL 52 50 51 101 89 6 7 4 11 16
1970–71 Port Huron Flags IHL 65 23 18 41 81 14 8 1 9 32
1971–72 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 67 18 21 39 116 15 4 4 8 28
1972–73 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 76 52 52 104 84 13 9 9 18 32
1972–73 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1973–74 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 6 10 16 42 5 0 0 0 7
1974–75 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 32 35 67 74 11 4 2 6 0
1975–76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 32 35 67 28 12 2 3 5 18
1976–77 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 24 28 52 50 14 3 3 6 12
1977–78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 18 22 40 20 15 2 4 6 6
1978–79 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 26 40 66 26 16 5 6 11 16
1979–80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 21 32 53 23 10 8 4 12 4
1980–81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 22 32 54 39 3 0 0 0 2
1981–82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 25 39 64 38 4 3 0 3 2
1982–83 Rochester Americans AHL 79 26 22 48 10 12 2 4 6 2
1983–84 Rochester Americans AHL 79 27 43 70 14 18 8 11 19 2
AHL totals 301 123 138 261 224 58 23 28 51 64
NHL totals 683 206 273 479 340 90 27 22 49 67

Fan baseEdit

Before a playoff game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins, on May 6, 2014, Lambert met with thousands of fans in front of the Bell Centre in Montreal to encourage them.[3]

Lambert also encourages and helps "Hockey Garage Leagues" to organize games internationally. He has helped with this hockey international company over 28,000 players to play internationally. He has also helped teams by coaching them.[4]

 
Yvon Lambert with a fan before the Montreal vs Boston 2014 Round 2 game, picture taken May 6th 2014

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Yvon Lambert". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  2. ^ "Yvon Lambert biography". www.yvonlambert.ca/biographie.htm. Retrieved 2014-05-07.
  3. ^ "Yvon Lambert & fans". www.journaldemontreal.com/2014/05/06/la-fete-devant-le-centre-bell. Retrieved 2014-05-07.
  4. ^ "Yvon Lambert international help". www.hockeyinternational.com/. Retrieved 2014-05-07.

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