Bob Gainey

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Bob Gainey
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1992
Born (1953-12-13) December 13, 1953 (age 61)
Peterborough, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 8th overall, 1973
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft 7th overall, 1973
Minnesota Fighting Saints
Playing career 1973–1989

Robert Michael "Le Capitaine" Gainey (born December 13, 1953 in Peterborough, Ontario) is the former executive vice president and general manager of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is currently a team consultant for the Dallas Stars. He is also a former professional ice hockey player who played for the Canadiens from 1973 until 1989. After retiring from active play, he became a hockey coach and later an executive with the NHL Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars organization before returning to Montreal as general manager from 2003 to 2010. Gainey was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

Early years[edit]

Bob Gainey began his hockey career in 1972 with his hometown team the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League. His lack of scoring was made up by his impressive ability to shut down opposing players. This impressed many scouts in the NHL and in 1973, he was drafted 8th overall by the Montreal Canadiens. He was also drafted 7th overall by the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA although he would never play a game in the WHA.

Professional years[edit]

Bob Gainey
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
Canada Cup
Gold 1976 Canada Ice Hockey
World Championships
Bronze 1982 Finland Ice Hockey
Bronze 1983 West Germany Ice Hockey

As a rookie, Gainey was committed to a defensive style of play. In his second year, he was paired up with stars Yvan Cournoyer and Jacques Lemaire on the second line. In 1976, Gainey was chosen to represent Team Canada at the Canada Cup tournament where he helped Team Canada win the Cup against the Czechs. A defensive specialist, Gainey played with the Montreal Canadiens from 1973–74 to 1988–89, winning four consecutive Frank J. Selke Trophies, awarded to the league's best defensive forward and four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1976 to 1979.

In 1982, Canadiens captain Serge Savard retired from hockey and Gainey was named as his successor. The Canadiens remained successful in the regular season but in the playoffs, they were defeated in the first round three consecutive times from 1981 to 1983. Next season, the Canadiens earned a disappointing record finishing with 75 points only. Despite that, they embarked on a surprising playoff run before being eliminated in the semifinals by the New York Islanders.

Gainey lifted his last Stanley Cup as a player in 1986 against the Calgary Flames, and scored a playoff total of 5 goals and 10 points. Under Gainey's leadership, the Canadiens posted back to back 100 point seasons in 1988 and 1989. In 1989, the Canadiens reached the finals again against the Calgary Flames, a rematch from 1986. This time, the Flames won the Stanley Cup in 6 games. Following the loss, Gainey announced his retirement.

In total, Bob Gainey played in 1160 regular season games, scored 239 goals, and registered 263 assists. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1998, Gainey was ranked number 86 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.

Post hockey playing years[edit]

After his retirement, Gainey moved to France where he was player/coach for the Epinal Écureuils (Squirrels) of the French Nationale 1B division. His unexpected appearance on the French hockey scene created quite a stir as curious fans attended games to see the famous star in action for Epinal. He finished second in scoring for Epinal during the regular season and 18th overall in the Nationale 1B division.

Gainey returned to North America a year later and became head coach of the Minnesota North Stars in 1990–91, guiding his team to the sixth game of the Stanley Cup finals in his first season. In January 1992, Gainey also was named general manager. In 1996, a few seasons after the franchise relocated to Dallas, he stepped down as head coach to focus solely on his general manager duties. Gainey turned the franchise into a powerhouse by acquiring players such as Joe Nieuwendyk, Brett Hull, Ed Belfour and Sergei Zubov. The team won the Presidents' Trophy in 1998 and 1999. Dallas won the Stanley Cup in 1999.

In 1997, as Stars general manager, Gainey drafted his son Steve Gainey 77th overall in the annual NHL Entry Draft. Gainey's name went on the Stanley Cup a 6th time in 1999 as General Manager with Dallas.

Along with Bobby Clarke and Pierre Gauthier, Gainey was given the responsibility of selecting Canada's men's ice hockey squad for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Gainey became general manager of the Montreal Canadiens in May 2003. On January 13, 2006, Gainey fired Canadiens' head coach Claude Julien and stepped in as head coach on an interim basis. At the same time, he hired Guy Carbonneau to work as an associate coach, handing the coaching reins over to him for the 2006–07 season. On July 24, 2006, Montreal Canadiens president Pierre Boivin extended Gainey's contract to 2009–10.

On February 23, 2008, the Canadiens retired Gainey's #23 jersey.

On March 9, 2009, Gainey named himself the interim coach of the Montreal Canadiens after firing Guy Carbonneau. On June 1, 2009, he signed Jacques Martin as the new head coach. On February 8, 2010, he resigned as the Canadiens general manager for personal reasons, and was succeeded by Gauthier. The Canadiens were 28-26-6 at the time of his resignation. He remained on as a consultant to the team until the end of the 2011–12 season, following the firing of Pierre Gauthier, when it was mutually agreed, between Gainey and team President Geoff Molson, that he step down.

On May 9, 2012 the Dallas Stars announced Gainey's hiring as a team consultant.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72 Peterborough Petes OHA 1 0 0 0 31
1972–73 Peterborough Petes OHA 52 22 21 43 99
1973–74 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 3 7 10 34 6 0 0 0 6
1973–74 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 6 2 5 7 4
1974–75 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 17 20 37 49 11 2 4 6 4
1975–76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 15 13 28 57 13 1 3 4 20
1976–77 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 14 19 33 41 14 4 1 5 25
1977–78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 15 16 31 57 15 2 7 9 14
1978–79 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 20 18 38 44 16 6 10 16 10
1979–80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 64 14 19 33 32 10 1 1 2 4
1980–81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 23 24 47 36 3 0 0 0 2
1981–82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 21 24 45 24 5 0 1 1 8
1982–83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 12 18 30 43 3 0 0 0 4
1983–84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 17 22 39 41 15 1 5 6 9
1984–85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 19 13 32 40 12 1 3 4 13
1985–86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 20 23 43 20 20 5 5 10 12
1986–87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 47 8 8 16 19 17 1 3 4 6
1987–88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 11 11 22 14 6 0 1 1 6
1988–89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 49 10 7 17 34 16 1 4 5 8
1989–90 Epinal Écureuils France Div.1B 18 14 12 26 16 10 6 7 13 14
NHL totals 1160 239 262 501 585 182 25 48 73 151

International[edit]


Year Team Event   GP G A P PIM
1976 Canada Can-Cup 5 2 0 2 2
1981 Canada Can-Cup 7 1 3 4 2
1982 Canada WC 10 2 1 3 0
1986 Canada WC 10 0 6 6 2
Senior int'l totals 32 5 10 15 6

NHL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
MIN 1990–91 80 27 39 14 - 68 4th in Norris Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
MIN 1991–92 80 32 42 6 - 70 4th in Norris Lost in first round
MIN 1992–93 84 36 38 10 - 82 5th in Norris Missed playoffs
DAL 1993–94 84 42 29 13 - 97 3rd in Central Lost in second round
DAL 1994–95 48 17 23 8 - 42 5th in Central Lost in first round
DAL 1995–96 39 11 19 9 - (66) 6th in Central (Stepped Down)
MTL 2005–06 41 23 15 - 3 (93) 3rd in Northeast Lost in first round
MTL 2008–09 16 6 6 - 4 (93) 2nd in Northeast Lost in first round
Total 472 194 211 60 7

Personal life[edit]

Bob Gainey, with his wife Cathy, were parents to one son and three daughters: Steve (whom he drafted in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft), Colleen, Anna (the president of the Liberal party of Canada),[1] and Laura; he is a grandfather to Anna's son Jackson Robert Pitfield, born in March 2009.

Gainey's wife Cathy died in June 1995 at age 39 of brain cancer. Gainey's daughter, Laura, died at age 25 in December 2006, when she was swept overboard while sailing in the North Atlantic on the barque Picton Castle, a sail-training tall ship based out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, registered in the Cook Islands and destined for Grenada. Laura's body was never recovered, and the U.S. Coast Guard called off the search on December 11, three days after she was swept overboard. During this time, Gainey temporarily passed his General Manager duties on to Montreal Canadiens assistant manager (and eventual successor) Pierre Gauthier for four weeks. On January 3, 2007, officials in the Cook Islands named Captain Andrew Scheer to head an investigation into Laura's death. Captain Scheer interviewed the 30-strong crew and examined the ship’s logs, emergency equipment and crew qualifications. Laura's death and the subsequent investigations received considerable press attention in Canada, including a documentary produced by the CBC News program The Fifth Estate, which was highly critical of safety standards on the Picton Castle.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Delacourt, Susan (22 February 2014). "Liberals elect Anna Gainey, a Trudeau confidante, as new party president". Toronto Star. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  2. ^ [1] CBC News, the fifth estate, Overboard

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Preceded by
John Van Boxmeer
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
1973
Succeeded by
Cam Connor
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Award created
Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
19781981
Succeeded by
Steve Kasper
Preceded by
Larry Robinson
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
1979
Succeeded by
Bryan Trottier
Preceded by
Serge Savard
Montreal Canadiens captain
198189
Succeeded by
Guy Carbonneau
Chris Chelios
Preceded by
Pierre Pagé
Head coach of the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars
199095
Succeeded by
Ken Hitchcock
Preceded by
Bobby Clarke
General Manager of the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars
19922002
Succeeded by
Doug Armstrong
Preceded by
André Savard
General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens
200310
Succeeded by
Pierre Gauthier
Preceded by
Claude Julien
Guy Carbonneau
Head Coach of the Montreal Canadiens
2006 (interim)
2009 (interim)
Succeeded by
Guy Carbonneau
Jacques Martin