Orval Tessier

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Orval Tessier
Born (1933-06-30) June 30, 1933 (age 85)
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
Portland Buckaroos
Clinton Comets
Quebec Aces
Springfield Indians
Hershey Bears
Playing career 1951–1965

Orval Roy Tessier (born June 30, 1933) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre and coach who played three seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins. Tessier played only 59 regular season games in the NHL. However, he was a solid offensive player in minor professional leagues winning two scoring titles with the EPHL's Kingston Frontenacs, voted the league's most valuable player and most sportsmanlike player in the 1961–62 season.

After playing, Tessier had a successful coaching career. In junior ice hockey, Tessier coached the Cornwall Royals to Memorial Cup victory in 1972. Tessier coached the 1981 Memorial Cup finalists, the Kitchener Rangers. The next season, Tessier was hired to coach the New Brunswick Hawks in the American Hockey League. He led the Hawks to a Calder Cup victory in 1982. Tessier was promoted, and named head coach of the Chicago Black Hawks, which lasted for three seasons.

Tessier may be best remembered for a quote during the 1983 Campbell Conference finals. After the Black Hawks gave up 16 goals in falling behind 2–0 to the Edmonton Oilers, Tessier fumed that Chicago players needed "heart transplants". The quip failed to inspire the Hawks, who dropped the final two games of the series at Chicago Stadium, marking the second consecutive year Chicago lost in the Campbell Conference final (both times, the opponent was presented the Clarence Campbell Bowl on Stadium ice). The Hawks would lose in the semifinals again in 1985, 1989 and 1990 before finally breaking through in 1992, although they would not win the Stanley Cup until 2010.

Tessier won the Stanley Cup in 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche while serving as a scout for the team.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
CHI 1982–83 80 47 23 10 104 1st in Norris Lost in third round
CHI 1983–84 80 30 42 8 68 4th in Norris Lost in first round
CHI 1984–85 53 22 28 3 47 2nd in Norris Fired
Total 213 99 93 21 219

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Preceded by
Tom Watt
Winner of the Jack Adams Award
Succeeded by
Bryan Murray
Preceded by
Bob Pulford
Head coach of the Chicago Black Hawks
Succeeded by
Bob Pulford