Alfred Lépine

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Joseph Alfred Pierre Hormisdas "Pit" Lépine (July 30, 1901 – August 2, 1955) was a Canadian ice hockey forward and coach. He was born in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec.

Lepine played in the National Hockey League from 1925 to 1939, spending his entire career with the Montreal Canadiens, winning two Stanley Cups, in 1930 and 1931. Lepine, a center, played over 500 games with Montreal and was an excellent goal scorer who could also check and battle for the puck in the corners. He had played senior hockey in Montreal with the Royals, Hochelega and Nationale squads.

After 13 years in the NHL, Lepine finally played a year in the minors with the New Haven Eagles of the AHL in 1938–39.

When Babe Siebert drowned in 1939 after being named the coach of the Canadiens, Lepine was named coach for the 1939–40 season. The erosion of talent from older players and failure to bring in adequate youngsters doomed the team to a last place finish that season and he was fired and replaced by Dick Irvin who would rebuild the team.

Pit suffered a paralytic stroke in 1951, and had two more strokes in 1954. He died August 2, 1955 in a convalescent home in Ste-Rose, Quebec from effects of these strokes, only three days after he turned 54.

NHL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
Montreal Canadiens 1939-40 48 10 33 5 25 7th in NHL Missed playoffs

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Alfred Lépine's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database

Preceded by
Albert "Babe" Siebert
Head Coach of the Montreal Canadiens
Succeeded by
Dick Irvin