Claude Ruel

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Claude Ruel
Born (1938-09-12) September 12, 1938 (age 75)
Sherbrooke, Quebec
Previous team(s) Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup wins 1
Years as an NHL coach 5

Claude Ruel (born September 12, 1938, in Sherbrooke, Quebec) was a head coach for the National Hockey League Montreal Canadiens.

Ruel grew up playing hockey in Sherbrooke. He was considered to be a promising young defensive talent, despite his diminutive stature. However, during a game in 1958, he was struck in the eye by a deflected puck. Following the injury, he was hospitalized for three months, but his eyesight could not be restored.[1]

In the early 1960s, Ruel received his first coaching job, taking a position with the Montreal Junior Canadiens. He became a key part of the Montreal farm system, serving as one of the team's top scouts. He later was elevated to the front office of the NHL club and served as director of player development.[2]

Ruel was hired to coach the Habs in 1968, replacing the legendary Toe Blake. He led a talented group of players to a Stanley Cup championship during his first year. However, the following season, Montreal was the odd team out in a tight, five-team "Original Six" battle for four playoff spots. He started the 1970-71 behind the bench, but decided to step down 23 games because the pressure of life behind the bench was impacting his health. He subsequently returned to his role director of player development, but he took over as Montreal coach again in 1979, leading the team for one and a half years during the waning days of the 1970s dynasty. [3].

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
Montreal Canadiens 1968-69 76 46 19 11 103 1st in East Won Stanley Cup
Montreal Canadiens 1969-70 76 38 22 16 92 5th in East Missed playoffs
Montreal Canadiens 1970-71 23 11 8 4 (97) 3rd in East (resigned)
Montreal Canadiens 1979-80 50 32 11 7 (107) 1st in Norris Lost in Quarter-Finals
Montreal Canadiens 1980-81 80 45 22 13 102 1st in Norris Lost in Preliminary Round
Total 305 172 82 51

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Preceded by
Toe Blake
Head coach of the Montreal Canadiens
1968–70
Succeeded by
Al MacNeil
Preceded by
Bernie Geoffrion
Head coach of the Montreal Canadiens
1979–81
Succeeded by
Bob Berry