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This Date in NHL History

Sept. 7: 11-time Cup winner Jacques Lemaire born

Plus: Former NHL players killed in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1945: Jacques Lemaire, an 11-time Stanley Cup winner as a player, coach and executive, is born in LaSalle, Quebec.

Eight of those championships come as a player with the Montreal Canadiens, the first as a rookie in 1968. He wins his last as a player in 1979, when he scores the second Cup-clinching goal of his career to lift the Canadiens to their fourth consecutive championship, and then retires. He finishes his NHL career with 366 goals and 835 points in 853 games, scoring at least 20 goals in each of his 12 seasons. He is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984.

Lemaire wins the Cup two more times (1986, 1993) as an executive with the Canadiens. He wins the Cup for the 11th time in 1995, when he coaches the New Jersey Devils to the first championship in franchise history. His coaching career ends after the 2010-11 season; he finishes with a record of 617-458-63 with 124 ties in 1,262 games with the Canadiens, Devils and Minnesota Wild.



1988: The Hockey Hall of Fame inducts goaltender Tony Esposito, defenseman Brad Park, forward Guy Lafleur and center Buddy O'Connor as players, longtime Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider as a builder, and George Hayes as an official.


2011: A plane carrying the players and coaching staff of Kontinental Hockey League team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashes near Tunoshna Airport shortly after takeoff, killing 43 of the 45 people on board (another later dies from his injuries). Among those killed are coach Brad McCrimmon and assistants Alexander Karpovtsev and Igor Korolev, who each had a lengthy NHL career, as well as longtime NHL players Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Karlis Skrastins, and Josef Vasicek.

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