Yvon Lambert

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Yvon Lambert
Yvon Lambert (hockey).JPG
Born (1950-05-20) May 20, 1950 (age 64)
Drummondville, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 40th overall, 1970
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1970–1984

Yvon Pierre Lambert (born May 20, 1950 in Drummondville, Quebec) is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward.[1]

Although Yvon was drafted in 1970 by the Detroit Red Wings he started his National Hockey League career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1973. He would spend nine years in Montreal before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres. Yvon is best known for scoring the winning goal in overtime of game 7 of the 1979 Stanley Cup Semi-Finals against the Boston Bruins, the culmination of an exciting game most memorable for a career-damaging coaching error by Don Cherry with two minutes left in regulation. Lambert won four consecutive Stanley Cups with the Habs from 1976 to 1979.

Additional Information[edit]

After being traded to Montreal, a year after being drafted by the Red Wings, Yvon thought he would never make it to the NHL since the Montreal Canadiens had a young and talented squad. It was his desire to get back to Detroit, which had an aging squad at the time like Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio, that made him push himself to perform well with the Port Huron Flags since every young player at time knew they would probably have a chance to replace these players.

After a great season with Port Huron Ned Harkness, who was coach of the Red Wings, told Lambert that if he stayed in form he would have a good chance to be given another chance with the Red Wings the following season. In August 1972, Yvon was surprised by reading in the newspaper that his services were being kept by the Canadiens. Yvon stated in French that During the first day at the camp, at the forum of Montreal, there was 80 players and I find myself next to Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer, Serge Savard, Jacques Lemaire, and Larry Robinson. Whew! I felt so small. .[2]

Career statistics[edit]

 Season   Team   League  Regular Season Playoffs
  GP     G     A    Pts   PIM    GP     G     A    Pts   PIM 
1968-69 Drummondville Rangers QJAHL -- 29 37 66 -- -- -- -- -- --
1969-70 Drummondville Rangers QMJHL 52 50 51 101 89 -- -- -- -- --
1970-71 Port Huron Flags IHL 65 23 18 41 81 14 8 1 9 32
1971-72 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 67 18 21 39 116 15 4 4 8 28
1972-73 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 76 52 52 104 84 13 9 9 18 32
Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1973-74 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 6 10 16 42 5 0 0 0 7
1974-75 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 32 35 67 74 11 4 2 6 0
1975-76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 32 35 67 28 12 2 3 5 18
1976-77 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 24 28 52 50 14 3 3 6 12
1977-78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 18 22 40 20 15 2 4 6 6
1978-79 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 26 40 66 26 16 5 6 11 16
1979-80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 21 32 53 23 10 8 4 12 4
1980-81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 22 32 54 39 3 0 0 0 2
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 25 39 64 38 4 3 0 3 2
1982-83 Rochester Americans AHL 79 26 22 48 10 12 2 4 6 2
1983-84 Rochester Americans AHL 79 27 43 70 14 18 8 11 19 2
NHL Totals 683 206 273 479 340 90 27 22 49 67

Fanbase[edit]

Before a playoff game, between the Montreal Canadiens vs the Boston Bruins, which took place May 6, 2014, Yvon Lambert met with thousands of fans in front of the Bell Centre in Montreal to encourage the Montreal Canadiens fans.[3] According to www.yvonlambert.ca, Yvon Lambert goes to la Cage aux sport de Vaudreuil at least 15 Tuesdays during the year, which is a restaurant/sports bar, since he likes the vibes and loves to animate the people during hockey nights.

Yvon Lambert also encourages and helps Hockey Garage Leagues to organize games internationally. He has helped with this hockey international company over 28 000 players to play internationally. He has also helped teams by coaching them.[4]

Yvon Lambert with a fan before the Montreal vs Boston 2014 Round 2 game, picture taken May 6th 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yvon Lambert". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  2. ^ "Yvon Lambert biography". http://www.yvonlambert.ca/biographie.htm. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Yvon Lambert & fans". http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2014/05/06/la-fete-devant-le-centre-bell. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  4. ^ "Yvon Lambert international help". http://www.hockeyinternational.com/. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 

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