Jacques Martin (ice hockey)

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Jacques Martin
Jacques Martin 2013-10-05.JPG
Born (1952-10-01) October 1, 1952 (age 61)
Saint-Pascal Baylon, Ontario
Current position Assistant coach
Current team Pittsburgh Penguins
Previous team(s) St. Louis Blues
Ottawa Senators
Montreal Canadiens
Florida Panthers
Stanley Cup wins 1
Years as a coach 1980s–present

Jacques Martin (born October 1, 1952) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach. In the National Hockey League (NHL), he has been the head coach of the St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and the Florida Panthers. With the Panthers, Martin was also the general manager. He is currently the senior advisor of hockey operations with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has also served as an assistant coach with the Canadian men's national ice hockey team. Jacques Martin is a Franco-Ontarian.

Coaching career[edit]

He served first as a coach of the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League and then with the Guelph Platers (where he won a Memorial Cup in 1986) before being promoted to head coach of the St. Louis Blues of the NHL. Martin served two years in that position and became an assistant coach of the Quebec Nordiques. When the franchise moved to Denver and became the Colorado Avalanche Martin remained for part of the season before being offered the head coaching position in Ottawa (see below). The Avalanche went on to win the Stanley Cup in 1996.

When the Ottawa Senators, a struggling expansion team with a very poor overall record, needed a new head coach in 1996 they hired Martin. Martin led the team to great regular season success (341–255–96), winning the Northeast Division three times and the President's Trophy once. Martin was thrice nominated for the Jack Adams Award for top NHL coach and won it in 1999.

An unfortunate mar on Martin's record was a long period of performing below expectations in the playoffs, although his supporters maintained that the Senators lacked playoff experience. He finally was able to find productivity in the postseason during the 2002 campaign, when the Senators reached the second round and came within one game of the conference finals. He had his most successful postseason in 2003 where the Senators reached game seven of the Eastern Conference finals. After a disappointing 2003–2004 season and an inglorious first round exit from the playoffs Martin was fired. He had been the longest serving coach in the NHL and has turned around a franchise that had gotten off to an awful start as an expansion team.

Martin is a noted defense-first coach who relies on playing a tight defensive game.[1] He made good use of the speedy young talent on Ottawa, and also instills defensive discipline. Despite his reputation as a defensive coach, Ottawa was amongst the top few teams offensively in his last years there. Martin is not a very extroverted coach and is usually soft spoken and lacking much of the fire and charisma of other noted NHL coaches.[2]

On May 26, 2004, Martin was hired as the new head coach of the Florida Panthers, along with his friend Mike Keenan as the new general manager. Martin assumed general manager duties with the resignation of Keenan on September 3, 2006. On March 3, 2007 Jacques Martin coached his 1,000th career NHL game in a 6–2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. In a classy move during the 2002 season, while he was head coach of the Ottawa Senators Jacques Martin stepped away from the bench for 2 games, allowing Hall of Famer Roger Neilson to take the reins and become the ninth man to coach 1,000 career NHL games. As of April 1, 2007, Martin has coached 1009 NHL games, winning 498 (tied for 10th all time among NHL coaches), for a 47.3% winning percentage.

After three seasons serving as the Panthers head coach, the team announced on April 11, 2008 that Martin would not be back as the bench boss for the 2008–09 NHL season.

Martin became the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens on June 1, 2009.

On April 9, 2011, in a 4–1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Martin became the 9th NHL coach to reach the 600th win milestone.

On December 17, 2011, roughly midway through his third season with the team, Martin was fired as coach of the Montreal Canadiens. He was replaced on an interim basis by his assistant coach, Randy Cunneyworth.[3]

On August 9, 2013, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that Martin had been hired as an assistant coach to Dan Bylsma.[4] In an announcement on July 23, 2014, Martin was named the Penguins Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations.[5]

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish W L W% Result
STL 1986–87 80 32 33 15 79 1st in Norris 2 4 .333 Lost in First round
STL 1987–88 80 34 38 8 76 2nd in Norris 5 5 .500 Lost in Second round
OTT 1995–96 38 10 24 4 (41) 6th in Northeast 0 0 Missed Playoffs
OTT 1996–97 82 31 36 15 77 3rd in Northeast 3 4 .429 Lost in First round
OTT 1997–98 82 34 33 15 - 83 5th in Northeast 5 6 .455 Lost in Second round
OTT 1998–99 82 44 23 15 - 103 1st in Northeast 0 4 .000 Lost in First round
OTT 1999–2000 82 41 28 11 2 95 2nd in Northeast 2 4 .333 Lost in First round
OTT 2000–01 82 48 21 9 4 109 1st in Northeast 0 4 .000 Lost in First round
OTT 2001–02 80 38 26 9 7 94 3rd in Northeast 7 5 .583 Lost in Second round
OTT 2002–03 82 52 21 8 1 113 1st in Northeast 11 7 .611 Lost in Conf. Finals
OTT 2003–04 82 43 23 10 6 102 3rd in Northeast 3 4 .429 Lost in First round
FLA 2005–06 82 37 34 11 85 4th in Southeast 0 0 Missed Playoffs
FLA 2006–07 82 35 31 16 86 4th in Southeast 0 0 Missed Playoffs
FLA 2007–08 82 38 35 9 85 3rd in Southeast 0 0 Missed Playoffs
MTL 2009–10 82 39 33 10 88 4th in Northeast 9 10 .474 Lost in Conf. Finals
MTL 2010–11 82 44 30 8 96 2nd in Northeast 3 4 .429 Lost in First round
MTL 2011–12 32 13 12 7 (78) 5th in Northeast - - - (fired)
Total 1,294 613 481 119 81 4 Division
50 62 .446 12 Playoff


Jacques Martin was a high school French teacher at Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Peterborough, Ontario just prior to being called on to coach hockey in the NHL (1984/1985).

Hockey school[edit]

Every summer for over 20 years Jacques has run the Jacques Martin Hockey School for kids age 7 – 17 in Rigaud, Quebec.


  1. ^ "Jacques Martin: Getting defensive?". CBC Sports. June 1, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Martin riled by rhetoric: Gamesmanship by Leafs' coach `an old tune';" Allen Panzeri. The Ottawa Citizen. Apr 15, 2000. pg. F.1.FRO
  3. ^ Canadiens fire Martin
  4. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=429454
  5. ^ http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=726986
  • "A big part of the `process': Jacques Martin has delivered the Senators to the next level." Roy MacGregor. The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ont.: Apr 30, 1998. pg. E.1.FRO
  • "New Senators coach has the touch." Allen Panzeri. The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ont.: Jan 31, 1996. pg. C.1

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Preceded by
Jacques Demers
Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
Succeeded by
Brian Sutter
Preceded by
Dave Allison
Head coach of the Ottawa Senators
Succeeded by
Bryan Murray
Preceded by
Pat Burns
Winner of the Jack Adams Award
Succeeded by
Joel Quenneville
Preceded by
John Torchetti
Head coach of the Florida Panthers
Succeeded by
Peter DeBoer
Preceded by
Mike Keenan
General Manager of the Florida Panthers
Succeeded by
Randy Sexton
Preceded by
Bob Gainey
Head coach of the Montreal Canadiens
Succeeded by
Randy Cunneyworth