Bob Gainey

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Bob Gainey
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1992
Born(1953-12-13) December 13, 1953 (age 60)
Peterborough, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
PositionLeft Wing
Played forMontreal Canadiens
National team Canada
NHL Draft8th overall, 1973
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft7th overall, 1973
Minnesota Fighting Saints
Playing career1973–1989
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Bob Gainey
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1992
Born(1953-12-13) December 13, 1953 (age 60)
Peterborough, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
PositionLeft Wing
Played forMontreal Canadiens
National team Canada
NHL Draft8th overall, 1973
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft7th overall, 1973
Minnesota Fighting Saints
Playing career1973–1989

Robert Michael "Le Capitaine" Gainey (born December 13, 1953 in Peterborough, Ontario) is the former executive vice president and general manager of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is currently a team consultant for the Dallas Stars. He is also a former professional ice hockey player who played for the Canadiens from 1973 until 1989. After retiring from active play, he became a hockey coach and later an executive with the NHL Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars organization before returning to Montreal as general manager from 2003 to 2010. Gainey was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

Early years[edit]

Bob Gainey began his hockey career in 1972 with his hometown team the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League. His lack of scoring was made up by his impressive ability to shut down opposing players. This impressed many scouts in the NHL and in 1973, he was drafted 8th overall by the Montreal Canadiens. He was also drafted 7th overall by the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA although he would never play a game in the WHA.

Professional years[edit]

Bob Gainey
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
Canada Cup
Gold1976 CanadaIce Hockey
World Championships
Bronze1982 FinlandIce Hockey
Bronze1983 West GermanyIce Hockey

As a rookie, Gainey was committed to a defensive style of play. In his second year, he was paired up with stars Yvan Cournoyer and Jacques Lemaire on the second line. In 1976, Gainey was chosen to represent Team Canada at the Canada Cup tournament where he helped Team Canada win the Cup against the Czechs. A defensive specialist, Gainey played with the Montreal Canadiens from 1973–74 to 1988–89, winning four consecutive Frank J. Selke Trophies, awarded to the league's best defensive forward and four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1976 to 1979.

In 1982, Canadiens captain Serge Savard retired from hockey and Gainey was named as his successor. The Canadiens remained successful in the regular season but in the playoffs, they were defeated in the first round three consecutive times from 1981 to 1983. Next season, the Canadiens earned a disappointing record finishing with 75 points only. Despite that, they embarked on a surprising playoff run before being eliminated in the semifinals by the New York Islanders.

Gainey lifted his last Stanley Cup as a player in 1986 against the Calgary Flames, and scored a playoff total of 5 goals and 10 points. Under Gainey's leadership, the Canadiens posted back to back 100 point seasons in 1988 and 1989. In 1989, the Canadiens reached the finals again against the Calgary Flames, a rematch from 1986. This time, the Flames won the Stanley Cup in 6 games. Following the loss, Gainey announced his retirement.

In total, Bob Gainey played in 1160 regular season games, scored 239 goals, and registered 263 assists. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1998, Gainey was ranked number 86 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.

Post hockey playing years[edit]

After his retirement, Gainey moved to France where he was player/coach for the Epinal Dolphins. Gainey returned to North America a year later and became head coach of the Minnesota North Stars in 1990–91, guiding his team to the sixth game of the Stanley Cup finals in his first season. In January 1992, Gainey also was named general manager. In 1996, a few seasons after the franchise relocated to Dallas, he stepped down as head coach to focus solely on his general manager duties. Gainey turned the franchise into a powerhouse by acquiring players such as Joe Nieuwendyk, Brett Hull, Ed Belfour and Sergei Zubov. The team won the Presidents' Trophy in 1998 and 1999. Dallas won the Stanley Cup in 1999.

In 1997, as Stars general manager, Gainey drafted his son Steve Gainey 77th overall in the annual NHL Entry Draft. Gainey's name went on the Stanley Cup a 6th time in 1999 as General Manager with Dallas.

Along with Bobby Clarke and Pierre Gauthier, Gainey was given the responsibility of selecting Canada's men's ice hockey squad for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Gainey became general manager of the Montreal Canadiens in May 2003. On January 13, 2006, Gainey fired Canadiens' head coach Claude Julien and stepped in as head coach on an interim basis. At the same time, he hired Guy Carbonneau to work as an associate coach, handing the coaching reins over to him for the 2006–07 season. On July 24, 2006, Montreal Canadiens president Pierre Boivin extended Gainey's contract to 2009–10.

On February 23, 2008, the Canadiens retired Gainey's #23 jersey.

On March 9, 2009, Gainey named himself the interim coach of the Montreal Canadiens after firing Guy Carbonneau. On June 1, 2009, he signed Jacques Martin as the new head coach. On February 8, 2010, he resigned as the Canadiens general manager for personal reasons, and was succeeded by Gauthier. The Canadiens were 28-26-6 at the time of his resignation. He remained on as a consultant to the team until the end of the 2011–12 season, following the firing of Pierre Gauthier, when it was mutually agreed, between Gainey and team President Geoff Molson, that he step down.

On May 9, 2012 the Dallas Stars announced Gainey's hiring as a team consultant.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
1971–72Peterborough PetesOHA100031
1972–73Peterborough PetesOHA5222214399
1973–74Montreal CanadiensNHL6637103460006
1973–74Nova Scotia VoyageursAHL62574
1974–75Montreal CanadiensNHL8017203749112464
1975–76Montreal CanadiensNHL78151328571313420
1976–77Montreal CanadiensNHL80141933411441525
1977–78Montreal CanadiensNHL66151631571527914
1978–79Montreal CanadiensNHL7920183844166101610
1979–80Montreal CanadiensNHL6414193332101124
1980–81Montreal CanadiensNHL782324473630002
1981–82Montreal CanadiensNHL792124452450118
1982–83Montreal CanadiensNHL801218304330004
1983–84Montreal CanadiensNHL7717223941151569
1984–85Montreal CanadiensNHL79191332401213413
1985–86Montreal CanadiensNHL802023432020551012
1986–87Montreal CanadiensNHL47881619171346
1987–88Montreal CanadiensNHL781111221460116
1988–89Montreal CanadiensNHL491071734161458
NHL totals1160239262501585182254873151


YearTeamEvent GPGAPPIM
Senior int'l totals32510156

NHL managing record[edit]

TeamYearRegular seasonPost season
GWLTOTLPtsFinishBest Result
MIN1992–9384363810-825th in NorrisDid not qualify
DAL1993–9484422913-973rd in CentralConference Semi-finals
DAL1994–954817238425th in CentralConference Quarter-finals
DAL1995–9682264214666th, CentralDid not qualify
DAL1996–9782482681041st, CentralConference Quarter-finals
DAL1997–98824922111091st, CentralConference Finals
DAL1998–99825119121141st, PacificStanley Cup champion
DAL1999–20008243231061021st, PacificStanley Cup Final
DAL2000–01824824821061st, PacificConference Semi-finals
MTL2003–0482413074934th, NortheastConference Semi-finals
MTL2004–05Season cancelled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
MTL2005–068242319933rd, NortheastConference Quarter-finals
MTL2006–078242346904th, NortheastDid not qualify
MTL2007–08824725101041st, NortheastConference Semi-finals
MTL2008–0982413011932nd, NortheastConference Quarter-finals
MTL2009–106028266932nd, NortheastConference Finals

NHL coaching record[edit]

TeamYearRegular seasonPost season
MIN1990–9180273914-684th in NorrisLost in Stanley Cup Finals
MIN1991–928032426-704th in NorrisLost in first round
MIN1992–9384363810-825th in NorrisMissed playoffs
DAL1993–9484422913-973rd in CentralLost in second round
DAL1994–954817238-425th in CentralLost in first round
DAL1995–963911199-(66)6th in Central(Stepped Down)
MTL2005–06412315-3(93)3rd in NortheastLost in first round
MTL2008–091666-4(93)2nd in NortheastLost in first round

Personal life[edit]

Bob Gainey, with his wife Cathy, were parents to one son and three daughters: Steve (whom he drafted in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft), Colleen, Anna, and Laura; he is a grandfather to Anna's son Jackson Robert Pitfield, born in March 2009.

Gainey's wife Cathy died in June 1995 at age 39 of brain cancer. Gainey's youngest daughter, Laura, died at age 25 in December 2006, when she was swept overboard while sailing in the North Atlantic on the barque Picton Castle, a sail-training tall ship based out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, registered in the Cook Islands and destined for Grenada. Laura's body was never recovered, and the U.S. Coast Guard called off the search on December 11, three days after she was swept overboard. During this time, Gainey temporarily passed his General Manager duties on to Montreal Canadiens assistant manager (and eventual successor) Pierre Gauthier for four weeks. On January 3, 2007, officials in the Cook Islands named Captain Andrew Scheer to head an investigation into Laura's death. Captain Scheer interviewed the 30-strong crew and examined the ship’s logs, emergency equipment and crew qualifications. Laura's death and the subsequent investigations received considerable press attention in Canada, including a documentary produced by the CBC News program The Fifth Estate, which was highly critical of safety standards on the Picton Castle.[1]


  1. ^ [1] CBC News, the fifth estate, Overboard

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Preceded by
John Van Boxmeer
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Cam Connor
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Award created
Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
Succeeded by
Steve Kasper
Preceded by
Larry Robinson
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
Succeeded by
Bryan Trottier
Preceded by
Serge Savard
Montreal Canadiens captain
Succeeded by
Guy Carbonneau
Chris Chelios
Preceded by
Pierre Pagé
Head coach of the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars
Succeeded by
Ken Hitchcock
Preceded by
Bobby Clarke
General Manager of the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars
Succeeded by
Doug Armstrong
Preceded by
André Savard
General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens
Succeeded by
Pierre Gauthier
Preceded by
Claude Julien
Guy Carbonneau
Head Coach of the Montreal Canadiens
2006 (interim)
2009 (interim)
Succeeded by
Guy Carbonneau
Jacques Martin