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Jacques Lemaire

-Eight time Stanley Cup Champion (1968, '69, '71, '73, '76, '77, '78 & '79)
-Tied with Guy Lafleur for most playoff points in the 1970s.
-Four times Top 5 in NHL Playoff points (1st: 1979, 3rd: 1977, 4th: 1973, 5th: 1971)
-Three times Top 5 in NHL Playoff assists (3rd: 1979, 4th: 1973, '77)
-Three times Top 5 in NHL Playoff goals (1st: 1979, 3rd: 1968, 5th: 1977)
-Three time top 10 in NHL points (4th: 1978, 5th: 1973, 10th: 1972)
-Once top 10 in NHL assists (6th: 1978)
-Once top 10 in NHL goals (4th: 1973)
-Named best all-round player of the 1970s by Ultimate Hockey.

Jacques Lemaire developed his hard slapshot as a youth by working with a heavy steel puck and his shot was rated second only to Bobby Hull for speed and accuracy. He used that powerful shot to beat Tony Esposito of Chicago, keying a Montreal comeback in game 7 of the 1971 finals en route to a Stanley Cup. His strong skating and excellent checking abilities also made him one of the game's best two-way players.

Jacques Lemaire played 12 incredible seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. In that time Lemaire was definitely one of the most underrated superstars in NHL history. A tremendously gifted two way center, Lemaire was never named as a NHL all star due to a glut of superstar centers during the 1970s - players such as Bobby Clarke, Phil Esposito, Gilbert Perreault and Bryan Trottier. He never won a major NHL award and he never was invited to play for Team Canada. While he never quite achieved superstar status he did help the Habs win 8 Stanley Cup championships in his 12 years!
Lemaire was an extremely clean player. He only racked up 217 PIMs in over 800 games. A tremendous skater with great anticipation skills, of all the greats who played with the Montreal dynasty of the 1970s perhaps Lemaire understood the game of hockey better than anyone.

Lemaire was also a clutch performer come playoff time. In 145 post-season games, Lemaire scored 61 goals and 78 assists for 139 points. Two of his goals were Stanley Cup clinchers (1977 and 1979).

Jacques Lemaire spent a dozen years with the Canadiens, quietly becoming one of the team’s all-time greats. He cracked the lineup in 1967-68 under Toe Blake and quickly established himself as a reliable performer at both ends of the ice.

A strong skater and creative playmaker, “Coco”, as he was known to his teammates, also had a booming shot that he used to great effect.
His speed, anticipation and dogged determination made him a standout defensive forward, but Lemaire was no slouch when it came to his offensive production. He potted at least 20 goals in each of his 12 campaigns.

A natural playmaker and as dangerous without the puck as he was when he controlled it, Lemaire was a threat to score from virtually any spot on the ice. His powerful slap shot, often unleashed from beyond the blue line, found the mesh behind many startled goaltenders.

Playing on a team filled with future Hall of Famers, Lemaire was not often in the spotlight but he soldiered on, playing impeccable defensive hockey while still managing to finish the season among the team’s top scorers year after year.
Shutt had the fastest hands and quickest release around. Lafleur played purely by instinct and reflex; there was no telling where he’d go. Jacques Lemaire was the dependable and reliable one who did the heavy lifting. He won the faceoffs, dug the puck out of the scrums and fed his more spectacular linemates with unerring passes that they converted in record-setting numbers.

In the playoffs, Lemaire didn’t take a backseat to anyone. One of the NHL’s all-time greatest “money players”, he has three overtime goals to his credit, among them the Cup winner in 1977.

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