March 18, 1960 |
Sept-Îles, QC, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
|Played for||Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues
|NHL Draft||44th overall, 1979
Joseph Harry Guy Carbonneau (born March 18, 1960) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. He was also the president of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Chicoutimi Saguenéens.
Carbonneau started his hockey career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. After an impressive 182 points season with the Sagueneens, Carbonneau was drafted 44th overall in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.
Succeding his mentor Bob Gainey in the role of defensive forward, Carbonneau's strong play earned him three Frank J. Selke Trophy wins in 1987–88, 1988–89, and 1991–92, the second-most Selke Trophies after Gainey who had won four. Carbonneau helped the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup championship in 1985–86. In 1989–90, he was named the captain of the Canadiens, and led them to another Stanley Cup win in 1992–93 against Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings.
On August 19, 1994, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Jim Montgomery. He played there for one season before moving to the Dallas Stars, under general manager Bob Gainey. There, he was part of the Stars' two consecutive Presidents Trophy wins in 1998 and 1999 for the best regular season record. He won his third Stanley Cup in 1998–99 with the Stars, as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres in six games. Next season, Carbonneau and the Stars reached the Stanley Cup Finals again but this time they lost to the New Jersey Devils in six games, afterward he retired at the conclusion of the series.
Carbonneau was one of the more popular Canadiens; fans chanted "Guy, Guy, Guy!" whenever he touched the puck, much as they did for Guy Lafleur (with whom Carbonneau played from 1982–85) during his career. He was also one of the most admired Dallas Stars players. Holding the team captaincy of the Stars at the time, he took the ceremonial opening faceoff when his team played the Canadiens at the last game at the Montreal Forum.
After serving as an assistant coach to Michel Therrien with the Canadiens from 2000 to 2002, Carbonneau moved back to the Dallas Stars where he worked as an assistant General Manager until his return to Montreal in January 2006, rejoining his friend and mentor Bob Gainey.
On January 14, 2006, Guy Carbonneau became the Montreal Canadiens associate coach as Claude Julien was fired and GM Bob Gainey assumed the role of interim head coach. Carbonneau then took over as head coach, after the Canadiens were eliminated from the playoffs, becoming the 28th coach in franchise history.
In the 2007-08 season, the team's 99th, Carbonneau led the Canadiens to the best regular season record in the Eastern Conference, earning their first conference title since 1989 and first division title since 1992. In the playoffs, his team defeated the Boston Bruins in 7 games and were eliminated by the Philadelphia Flyers in 5 games. On April 30, 2008, he was nominated for the Jack Adams Award as head coach of the year but lost by 12 voting points to Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau. In the summer of 2008, Carbonneau signed a three-year contract extension. 
Carbonneau continued on as head coach for the team's 2008–09 Montreal Canadiens season, which was their 100th season (centennial). Carbonneau was named an assistant coach to Claude Julien, his predecessor as Canadiens head coach and now in the same capacity with the Boston Bruins, at the All-Star game in Montreal on January 25. On March 9, 2009, he was fired as head coach with 16 games left in the regular season and was replaced by general manager Bob Gainey, who claimed that the team needed a new direction. The team had won just 3 of 15 games before the all-star game, putting their playoff position in jeopardy, due to injuries to key players. However the team then rebounded to win 5 of 7 games, including Carbonneau's last game at Dallas before his dismissal. The Canadiens went 1-1-2 under Gainey, with Bell Centre fans chanted "Car-bo! Car-bo!" in support of the recently fired Carbonneau, and ending up finished 8th in the conference followed by a first round playoff sweep by the Boston Bruins. 
Awards and achievements
- Selected to the QMJHL Second All-Star Team in 1980.
- Frank J. Selke Trophy winner in 1988, 1989, and 1992.
- Stanley Cup champion in 1986, 1993, and 1999.
|1979–80||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||AHL||–||–||–||–||–||2||1||1||2||2|
|1980–81||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||AHL||78||35||53||88||87||6||1||3||4||9|
|1981–82||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||AHL||77||27||67||94||124||9||2||7||9||8|
|1994–95||St. Louis Blues||NHL||42||5||11||16||16||7||1||2||3||6|
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|Montreal Canadiens||2006–07||82||42||34||6||90||4th in Northeast||–||–||–||Missed playoffs|
|2007–08||82||47||25||10||104||1st in Northeast||5||7||45||W 4–3 over BOS
L 4–1 to PHI
|2008–09||66||35||24||7||77||2nd in Northeast (93 pts.)||–||–||–||(Fired before end of season)|
|Montreal Canadiens captain
with Chris Chelios, 1989–90
|Head coach of the Montreal Canadiens
|Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
|Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy