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What they're saying about Jacques Lemaire

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

* WILD TV - EXCLUSIVES
   Kevin Falness interviews Lemaire (5:48)
   Falness interviews Risebrough (7:29)
   Players reflect on Lemaire Era (3:37)
        -- Gaborik, Backstrom, Koivu and Gillies

* WILD TV - PRESS CONFERENCE
   Lemaire's remarks (7:12)
   Risebrough on: Lemaire (7:13)
   Risebrough on: 2008-09 season (6:07)

* WILD TV FEATURE
   Lemaire tribute video (1:22)

* NEWS AND FEATURES
   Lemaire steps down
   Feature: Lemaire tenure paves future
   Lemaire memories: Mike Ramsey
   Lemaire memories: Tommy Thompson
   Lemaire memories: Tom Lynn
   Lemaire memories: Bob Kurtz
   Lemaire memories: Bill Robertson
   What they're saying about Lemaire
   'I think it's time" (April 11)

* WILD RADIO PONDCASTS
   Full press conference
   Gaborik, Koivu, Burns, more

* PHOTO GALLERIES
  April 13 press conference
The incomparable Bruce Kluckhohn captures the scene from Monday's press conference

  Lemaire through the years
Wild.com takes a look back at Lemaire's NHL impact, dating back to the 1970s
 
Minnesota Wild Owner Craig Leipold
“The Minnesota Wild is extremely thankful for Jacques Lemaire’s nine years of service to this organization. Jacques brought professionalism, consistency and a winning culture to the Wild since its inception in 2000. His stamp on this franchise will last forever.”

Hall-of-Fame Coach and Chicago Blackhawks
Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations Scotty Bowman
“Jacques had a Hall of Fame playing career and a Hall of Fame career as a coach. As a member of 11 Stanley Cup-winning teams, he has truly had a remarkable career thus far, and winning his final game as Wild coach is very deserving.”

Minnesota Wild forward Andrew  Brunette
“I learned more about the game of hockey from Jacques than from anybody else. Having him behind the bench, you always felt you were better prepared than the other team and because of that, you felt you could beat anyone. I was very fortunate to have played for him.”

New Jersey Devils forward Brian Rolston,
who played for Lemaire in New Jersey and Minnesota
“Jacques, quite simply, is the best coach I have ever had. I am very lucky to have played for him not only when I was with the Wild, but earlier in my career. The lessons I learned from him remain invaluable to me today. I can only wish Jacques the very best in the future.”

Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach
and former Minnesota Wild forward Wes Walz
“Playing for Jacques, for me personally, was an experience that I will never forget. I was fortunate enough to get closer to him on a personal level over the last few years; he allowed me to get into his mind and his philosophies on hockey, which I will take with me whereever I go in my coaching career. Jacques is responsible for the foundation that was built with the Wild -- Honesty, Passion, Preparation and, above all, THE TEAM. What I personally loved about the man myself, was that he would never allow anyone to put themselves ahead of the ‘THE CLUB,’ as he would call it, and as a player that played for him ... I thank him. Good luck, Jacques, in future endeavors.”

Minnesota Wild defenseman and the
Wild’s all-time games played leader Nick Schultz

“Jacques was a great coach and teacher of the game. I was very fortunate to have such a great coach throughout my career. I wish him all the best going forward.”

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