Lemaire Retires


Jacques Lemaire is retiring for the third time in his life. While some think of the retire/comeback as exclusively Michael Jordan’s and Brett Favre’s, Lemaire caused little controversy in his retirements or his comebacks.

Lemaire first retired as a player in the 1978/1979 season. He retired as a coach the first time with the New Jersey Devils in 1998. When the Minnesota Wild started their franchise they turned to Jacques to help lead them through it. From 2000-2008 he coached the Wild. This past year he left to coach for the New Jersey Devils one more time. After a disappointing first round loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, the New Jersey Devils head coach decided it was time to say ‘Adieu’ once more. Lemaire will stay within the organization and help them out. It seems fitting that he will retire with the same organization he retired coaching from the first time around.

Quick Lemaire Facts:

  • He has won the Stanley Cup as a player, coach, and assistant general manager. His name appears on the Cup eleven times.
  • Won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens as a player in the years: 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979.
  • Helped the Habs win as an assistant general manager in the years: 1986 and 1993.
  • Led the New Jersey Devils to the Cup in 1995.
  • Was Assistant Coach to Mike Babcock and Team Canada and helped them win the Gold.
  • His defensive-minded coaching is often criticized, however, his numbers show that it can be effective.
  • Former MN Wild goalie Manny Fernandez is is his nephew.
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