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05-13-2008, 11:06 AM
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Jacques Lemaire...player stats.

Has anyone noticed this guys NHL player stats?

One 40+ goal seasons out of twelve seasons.

Six 30+ goal seasons out of twelve.

Twelve 20+ goal seasons out of twelve.

853 regular season games...366 goals, 835 pts.
145 playoff games, 61 goals, 139 pts.

Overtime goals plus important playoff goals either to win the game or tie it up.

He retired at age 33.


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So why does he hate offense so much now?

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So why does he hate offense so much now?

Who knows...ask Guy Lafleur.

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Lemaire's Philosophy

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So why does he hate offense so much now?
Jacques Lemaire has a very basic philosophy that playing defense correctly and doing all the little things properly on defense generates offense.

Simple things - if you keep your man between you and the boards it is very hard for him to score yet it is easier for you to get open and go on the offensive when your team gets the puck.

Proper player and stick positioning in your defensive zone disrupts passing lanes, knocks down passes and creates break-outs.

and so forth.

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Lemaire dosent hate offence. If you see Minnesota Wild games, he play the trap but he also have a good transition game to go back to offense, that principal thing people who copy his style of play forgot to copy, unfortunately.

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Why did he retire so young?

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Why did he retire so young?
After the Cup win in '79, Lemaire decided to leave Canada to take up a role as a player/coach in Switzerland. He later returned to North America after a stint in Switzerland, to continue his love of coaching. He coached in the NCAA and Quebec Jrs before taking an assistant coaching position with the Habs. Later as their coach and the rest is history which is still being played out.

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After the Cup win in '79, Lemaire decided to leave Canada to take up a role as a player/coach in Switzerland. He later returned to North America after a stint in Switzerland, to continue his love of coaching. He coached in the NCAA and Quebec Jrs before taking an assistant coaching position with the Habs. Later as their coach and the rest is history which is still being played out.
Thanks

I guess he felt he accomplished everything he could as a player and decided to start a new challenge.

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His slap shot in his early years was second in speed only to Bobby Hull. Remember the comback in game 7 of the '71 finals to Chicago. The long slapshot goal against Tony O?

I was a little to young at that time to remember it, but I have seen it many times on replay. My hockey watching didn't start until 1972-73. I remember that Final against Chicago though.

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I think Lemaire is one of the finest playoff players in NHL history and was usually one of the top Habs in each playoff year.I hope that his jersey is retired next year and he is as deserving as anyone and should be honoured by the Habs for the contributions he made to the legend of the CH.

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He very often hung back. It was annoying to see him shoot from the blue line time after time.

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If Gainey hadn't won the MVP in the '79 playoffs, Lemaire would have been my second choice. 23 points in 16 games that playoff year.

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I think Lemaire, as good as he was, never really wanted to be 'the guy' . He came to the team a few years into Cournoyer's time, and the 2 of them were going to be the next 2 stars. Lemaire,imo, wasn't comfortable being an idol.

He sort of re-invented himself as a more complete player in the mid 70's and I think that gave him more satisfaction than his 40 goal year.

V-2' s right about his playoff performance, he was at his best in the biggest games.

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I think Lemaire, as good as he was, never really wanted to be 'the guy' . He came to the team a few years into Cournoyer's time, and the 2 of them were going to be the next 2 stars. Lemaire,imo, wasn't comfortable being an idol.

He sort of re-invented himself as a more complete player in the mid 70's and I think that gave him more satisfaction than his 40 goal year.

V-2' s right about his playoff performance, he was at his best in the biggest games.
Some of his Playoff scoring results.

'67-'68...13gp-13pts.

'70-'71...20gp-19pts.

'72-'73...17gp-20pts.

'74-'75...11gp-12pts.

'76-'77...14gp-19pts.

'77-'78...15gp-14pts

'78-'79...16gp-23pts.

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One of the best all-round players I've seen play for the Habs. If he had just concentrated on offense, he would have had numerous all-star noms IMO.

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Why did he retire so young?
Good question !

He really never answered about it. Maybe, he was bored to death winning Stanley Cups...

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Where did he coach in the college ranks? Remember him in Europe and in juniors here but not aware/have forgotten about any time he spent in university hockey.

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I think Lemaire, as good as he was, never really wanted to be 'the guy' . He came to the team a few years into Cournoyer's time, and the 2 of them were going to be the next 2 stars. Lemaire,imo, wasn't comfortable being an idol.

He sort of re-invented himself as a more complete player in the mid 70's and I think that gave him more satisfaction than his 40 goal year.

V-2' s right about his playoff performance, he was at his best in the biggest games.
I remember reading that in Dryden's book The Game. That Lemaire was a shy person who didn't like the added attention (media/fans). He was just happy with coming to the rink, doing his job and going home.

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Where did he coach in the college ranks? Remember him in Europe and in juniors here but not aware/have forgotten about any time he spent in university hockey.
Assistant Coach at Plattsburgh State University, NCAA, Div II. I think it was 1981-82. Just before going to the Q.

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Assistant Coach at Plattsburgh State University, NCAA, Div II. I think it was 1981-82. Just before going to the Q.
He also scouted and recruited for the school.

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I don't want to rain on Lemaire's parade, but I love his quote during the 73-74 season. After coming off a 95 point season the previous year, some criticized him for having a so-so year in their eyes. Lemaire said something to the effect "I'm not having a bad year. It's just that I had such a good season last year, that it makes this season look bad."

Also, anyone remember his 69-70 season? He had something like 29 goals at the all-star break, then for some reason he went into a terrible slump and ended with 32. He should have had 50 that year.

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I don't want to rain on Lemaire's parade, but I love his quote during the 73-74 season. After coming off a 95 point season the previous year, some criticized him for having a so-so year in their eyes. Lemaire said something to the effect "I'm not having a bad year. It's just that I had such a good season last year, that it makes this season look bad."

Also, anyone remember his 69-70 season? He had something like 29 goals at the all-star break, then for some reason he went into a terrible slump and ended with 32. He should have had 50 that year.


Smart guy, smart quote!
He was probably right.

Slumps happen.

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