Coach Carbonneau's Playing Statistics
One of the premier two-way centers of his generation, Guy Carbonneau has translated his winning know-how from the ice to the bench. A three-time winner of the Stanley Cup and three-time winner of the Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward, Montreal's Carbonneau last season coached the team he once captained to its first division title since 1992. And he has the Canadiens pointed toward the playoffs again this season.
A native of Sept-Iles, Quebec, Carbonneau had a stellar, 19-year playing career for the Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars. In 13 seasons with the Canadiens, he played in 912 games, 10th highest in the team's storied history. He scored 221 goals with 326 assists and played in 161 playoff games, fifth highest in franchise history.
Carbonneau had the distinction of wearing the captain's "C" for the Canadiens from 1989-94 and therefore was the man to receive the Stanley Cup from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on June 9, 1993, in the Montreal Forum. He had previously won the Cup with Montreal in 1986 and would be a champion a third time while with Dallas in 2000.
His name came to be so synonymous with defensive excellence that the QMJHL in 2004-05 created the Guy Carbonneau Trophy that has since been awarded annually to the league's best defensive forward.
As a coach, Carbonneau has demanded similar responsibility from his players but has not stifled the creativity of offensive-minded players such as 2009 All-Stars Alex Kovalev and Andrei Markov. His philosophy sounds like something out of Herb Brooks' quotebook: "Skill and talent don't work if you don't work."