Dave Chambers

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Dave Chambers (born May 7, 1940) is a Canadian retired ice hockey coach. Chambers coached the Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1990 until 1991.

Born in Leaside, Ontario, Chambers played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey Association with the Guelph Biltmores and Toronto St. Michael's Majors, university hockey with the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia, and senior hockey before moving on to coaching.

With the early development of the Canadian National team, Chambers coached at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Guelph before landing a coaching job at Ohio State University for two seasons from 1970-72. He left Ohio State to coach at York University in his native Toronto. He is the winningest coach in Ohio State history by winning percentage and won the CCHA championship in 1972. At York University, his teams won three division championships, three Ontario Championships, and one Canadian championship. His university coaching record over 14 years was 334 wins, 110 losses for a winning percentage of .750 and it included three coach of the year awards. He later took a position behind the bench of the junior league Toronto Marlboros and won the OHL Matt Leyden Trophy coach of the year award in 1980.[1] He was coach of the gold-medal winning Canadian team at the 1988 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Moscow. Chambers served as an assistant coach with the Minnesota North Stars and then was the head coach of the Quebec Nordiques from 1990 to 1991 in the N.H.L.

Chambers was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at York University in 2006 and the University of British Columbia in 2012. He has also authored six books and numerous articles on ice hockey, training methods, and coaching. Two of these books, The Hockey Drill Book published by Human Kinetics Pub. and Coaching: the Art and Science published by Firefly Books, have been translated and published by the Russian Sport Federation.[2]

Coaching record[edit]


Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
Quebec Nordiques 1990–91 80 16 50 14 - 46 5th in Adams Missed playoffs
Quebec Nordiques 1991–92 18 3 14 1 - (52) 5th in Adams (fired)
Total 98 19 64 15


Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
Toronto Marlboros 1979–80 68 33 32 3 - 69 2nd in Emms Lost in second round


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Ohio State University (Independent) (1970-71–1970-71)
1970-71 Ohio State 20-9-0
Ohio State University (CCHA) (1971-72–1971-72)
1971-72 Ohio State 24-5-0 8-4-0 1st
Total: 44-14-0

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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Preceded by
Michel Bergeron
Head coach of the Quebec Nordiques
Succeeded by
Pierre Pagé