Mario Tremblay

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". Since 1981, Tremblay has owned the sports bar in his hometown called "Bar-Restaurant chez Mario Tremblay".

Mario Tremblay
Born (1956-09-02) September 2, 1956
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 19741986

Playing career

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 career

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 life

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

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1972–73Montreal Bleu Blanc RougeQMJHL5643378015540114
1973–74Montreal Bleu Blanc RougeQMJHL464951100154713417
1974–75Nova Scotia VoyageursAHL151081847
1974–75Montreal CanadiensNHL63211839108110117
1975–76Montreal CanadiensNHL71111627881001127
1976–77Montreal CanadiensNHL7418284661140339
1977–78Montreal CanadiensNHL5610142444521316
1978–79Montreal CanadiensNHL76302959741334713
1979–80Montreal CanadiensNHL77162642105100111114
1980–81Montreal CanadiensNHL7725386312330009
1981–82Montreal CanadiensNHL8033407366541524
1982–83Montreal CanadiensNHL803037678730117
1983–84Montreal CanadiensNHL671425391121563931
1984–85Montreal CanadiensNHL753135661201226830
1985–86Montreal CanadiensNHL5619203955
NHL totals 852 258 326 584 1043 101 20 29 49 187

Coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPost season
MTL1995–96 77402710903rd in NortheastLost in first round
MTL1996–97 82313615774th in NortheastLost in first round


Molson Cup winner :

Preceded by
Rick Chartraw
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Gord McTavish
Preceded by
Jacques Demers
Head coach of the Montreal Canadiens
Succeeded by
Alain Vigneault
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