Jean-Guy Talbot

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Jean-Guy Talbot
Jean-Guy Talbot 1970.jpg
Talbot in 1970
Born (1932-07-11) July 11, 1932 (age 82)
Cap-de-la-Madeleine, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Minnesota North Stars
Detroit Red Wings
St. Louis Blues
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1952–1971

Jean-Guy Talbot (born July 11, 1932 in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman and coach.


Playing career[edit]

Jean-Guy played in the National Hockey League from 1955 to 1971. During this time, he played for the Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens. While with the Montreal Canadians, he won seven Stanley Cups.

Talbot was well known for being a sound passer. He was also known for having a clean but rather physical style of play which ultimately helped the Habs win Stanley Cups. Talbot wore the #17 during his 13 seasons with the Habs.

Over the course of his career he played 1,056 games, scoring 43 goals and adding 242 assists for 285 points. He also collected 1,006 penalty minutes.

Coaching career[edit]

Talbot took on the St. Louis Blues head coaching position in 1972, replacing Al Arbour who had been fired from the position.[1] He held the position for two years, resigning in February 1974.[2] Talbot signed on as head coach for the New York Rangers in 1977, taking over from John Ferguson, with whom he had played during his tenure with the Canadiens.[3] As coach of the Rangers, Talbot was known for wearing a warmup suit behind the bench during games, rather than the normal business suit worn by most coaches.[4]

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
St. Louis Blues 1972–73 65 30 28 7 (67) 4th in West Lost in Quarter-Finals
St. Louis Blues 1973–74 55 22 25 8 (52) 6th in West (fired)
Ottawa Civics (WHA) 1975–76 41 14 26 1 29 6th in West (team folded)
New York Rangers 1977–78 80 30 37 13 73 4th in Patrick Lost in Preliminary Round
NHL Total 200 82 90 28

Personal life[edit]

He currently lives in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec with his wife of over 50 years. He has two sons, a daughter and 5 granddaughters.


Stanley Cup Champion 1956-57-58-59-60-65-66 (All with Montreal)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jean-guy Talbot New Blues Coach". Bryan Times. 9 November 1972. Retrieved 4 September 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Game revives Talbot nightmare". The Spokesman-Review. 31 January 1978. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Talbot named Rangers' coach". St. Petersburg Times. 23 August 1977. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  4. ^ " - Embarrassing moments - Aug 2, 2006". CNN. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 

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Preceded by
Bill McCreary, Sr.
Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
Succeeded by
Lou Angotti
Preceded by
John Ferguson, Sr.
Head coach of the New York Rangers
Succeeded by
Fred Shero