Gallant, Brisebois among former stars named to QMJHL hall of fame

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 11:34 AM The Canadian Press

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. - Gerard Gallant and Patrice Brisebois were among four players and officials named Monday to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Hall of Fame.

Also named were former Montreal Juniors centre Jean-Luc Phaneuf and former referee Normand Caisse. They will be inducted April 2 in Montreal.

Gallant and Brisebois both work for the Montreal Canadiens as assistant coach and player development coach respectively.

Gallant, who went on to a stellar NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, made his mark in the QMJHL both as a player and a coach.

The gritty Summerside, P.E.I., native accumulated 321 points and 706 penalty minutes in three seasons with Sherbrooke and Verdun, winning a league title with each team in 1982 and 1983.

He ranks fifth all-time with 90 playoff points, including 14 goals in 15 games in 1983 as a linemate of Pat LaFontaine with Verdun, where he set a record for fastest three goals by one player in a game.

Gallant returned to the league in 2009-10 as coach of the powerhouse Saint John Sea Dogs, where he won three consecutive regular-season titles, two league championships and a Memorial Cup. He was twice named coach of the year and his career winning percentage of .791 is a league record.

Brisebois put up 258 points in 208 games from 1987 to 1991 with Laval and Drummondville. He played in the Memorial Cup three times and won gold with Canada at the world junior championship twice. He was named CHL defenceman of the year in 1991.

He went on to an 18-year NHL career with Montreal and Colorado, winning a Stanley Cup in 1993 with the Canadiens.

Phaneuf, a speedy centre who played two seasons in the defunct WHL with Toronto and Birmingham, starred with the Montreal Juniors in the mid-1970s, putting up 297 points in 209 games, including 51 goals and 151 points in 1974-75.

He became a doctor after his hockey career.

Caisse worked 291 regular season and playoff games from 1969 to 1981. He started as a linesman and became a referee in 1973.

He officiated at world junior championships in 1976 and 1979.

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