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Five new members will be inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame in 2019

 

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is proud to present its class of 2019 that will be inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame on April 3, 2019.

Once again this year you will find many personalities who have left their mark like few others have. Here is a look at this year’s class, followed by a brief overview of their careers;

  • François Allaire
  • Jean-Jacques Daigneault
  • Stéphane Fiset
  • Robert Murray
  • Mario Tremblay

 

FRANÇOIS ALLAIRE

As a Goalie Coach

 

Saison régulière / Regular Season
LHJMQ EQUIPE #LG PJ V D N PTS %Vict
QMJHL TEAM #LG GP W L T PTS Win%
1982-83 Verdun 3 70 50 19 1 101 0.721
1983-84 Verdun 2 70 40 27 3 83 0.593
TOTAL LHJMQ / QMJHL 140 90 46 4 184 0.657
QMJHL TOTAL                
Séries éliminatoires / Playoffs
LHJMQ EQUIPE PJ V D N %Vict FINALE CHAMP.
QMJHL TEAM GP W L T Win% FINALS CHAMP.
1982-83 Verdun 14 12 2 0 0.857 1 1
1983-84 Verdun 10 6 4 0 0.600
TOTAL LHJMQ / QMJHL 24 18 6 0 0.750 1 1
QMJHL TOTAL                
CAREER / CARRIÈRE 164 108 52 4 0,671

 

Over the course of 32 professional seasons, François Allaire helped many goaltenders refine their style and improve their effectiveness in net… He became the grand master of the butterfly technique, but above all the first goaltending specialist.

Allaire worked from 1982 to 1984 in the QMJHL with the Verdun Junior. Through his goaltending school Co-Jean, several dozen goaltenders benefited from his interventions.

It is with Patrick Roy as a student that his professional career really took off in the American League, and then with the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League in 1985-86. Until he arrived, the profession of goaltending coach received very little recognition. In fact, goaltending coaches worked only part-time, for teams that even employed one.

During his 12 years with the Canadiens, he also worked as a scout, bringing Quebeckers Vincent Riendeau, Jean-Claude Bergeron, Frédéric Chabot, André Racicot, José Theodore and Mathieu Garon to the big club.

From 1996 to 2006, he became a private consultant, ensuring the progress of Martin Biron, Roberto Luongo, Patrick Lalime, Frédéric Cassivi, Emmanuel Fernandez, Mathieu Chouinard, Simon Lajeunesse, Maxime Ouellet, Corey Crawford …

During the same period, François Allaire was associated with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Beginning in 2000-01, Jean-Sébastien Giguère was acquired by the Ducks, and had the chance to follow the advice of a tutor who demanded intensity, speed and presence between the posts.

Under Allaire, Roy (2) and Giguère (1) won a combined 3 Most Valuable Player Awards in the Stanley Cup Playoffs,  not to mention all the other honours such as the Vézina and Jennings trophies, as well as multiple nominations on the all-star teams. On three occasions, François Allaire’s name was engraved on the Stanley Cup, in 1986 and 1993 with Montreal and with Anaheim in 2007.

A true workaholic, this enthusiast will have watched more than 2,000 games for Montreal, Anaheim, Toronto and Colorado.

He transformed his summer hockey schools into real labs to polish and test his new ideas. He also explained and popularized his teachings by writing several books, including “The hockey goalie’s complete guide,” published in 1982, 1995 and 2008, and translated on two occasions. His international fame has taken him all over America, Europe and Asia where he has shared his expertise.

Nowadays, all teams have a goaltending coach. The average save percentage for goaltenders has risen from .850 to .920 in the last 30 years and the butterfly technique remains the optimal way to protect the net. What an inheritance!

François Allaire will be inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame on April 3, 2019, in the Builders’ category.

 

JEAN-JACQUES DAIGNEAULT

Saison régulière / Regular Season
LHJMQ EQUIPE PJ B A PTS PEM
QMJHL TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
1981-82 Laval 64 4 25 29 41
1982-83 Longueuil 70 26 58 84 58
1983-84 Longueuil 10 2 11 13 6
TOTAL LHJMQ 144 32 94 126 105
QMJHL TOTAL          
Séries éliminatoires / Playoffs
LHJMQ EQUIPE PJ B A PTS PEM
QMJHL TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
1982 Laval 18 1 3 4 2
1983 Longueuil 15 4 11 15 35
1984 Longueuil 14 3 13 16 30
TOTAL LHJMQ 47 8 27 35 67
QMJHL TOTAL          
CAREER / CARRIÈRE 191 40 121 161 172

 

Dans la LNH, TOTAL (regular season)         899   53   197  250   687

Dans la LNH, TOTAL (playoffs)   99    5   26   31   100

 

A very mobile defenseman, Jean-Jacques Daigneault is a symbol of perseverance and discipline. He adapted his style of play over the years, enjoying a long career in the National Hockey League.

In September of 1981, at 15 years of age, Daigneault played his first game in the QMJHL after having been a 2ndround pick of the Laval Voisins. Undaunted by the level of junior play, after 14 games, he had already scored 12 of his 29 points in his rookie season.

The following season, he found himself with the Longueuil Chevaliers, an expansion team led by an exceptional rookie coach: Jacques Lemaire. Daigneault became the leader with 21 games of 2 points or more, inheriting the title of Defenseman of the Year in the QMJHL, while his team surprised all the experts and played in the League final against the Verdun Junior.

At age 18, he joined the Canadian national team for the Olympic Games in Sarajevo while also playing for the junior national team before returning to complete the 1983-84 season with Longueuil. For a second consecutive season, he helped his team reach the President’ Cup final, which the Chevaliers eventually lost to the Laval Voisins and his childhood friend, Mario Lemieux.

On October 11, 1984 right after being a first-round pick in the NHL, Daigneault began his professional career with Vancouver. In 67 games in his rookie season, he was credited with 27 points.

At 23 years-old, after 4 years in the National Hockey League with the Canucks and then the Flyers, he learned nothing could be taken for granted. In 1988, he experienced true adversity as he was demoted for a full season to the American Hockey League.

In 1989-90, after being acquired in a trade, he found himself at the Montreal Forum, not to attend the Canadiens game as he did during his teenage years, but rather to wear the “Red-White-Blue” uniform. He became a reliable and important defenseman. He helped the Canadiens hoist the Stanley Cup in 1993. In 7 seasons with Montreal, he played 352 of his 899 regular season games, amassing 90 points, and above all registering a strong “Plus / Minus” differential of +68.

On January 5, 2001 with the Minnesota Wild – his last stop in the NHL – he became the second player in League history to have played for 10 different teams.

After 18 years as a professional, including 16 in the NHL, he had played 998 games and earned 281 points (including playoffs). After a few seasons coaching in minor hockey, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens from 2012 to 2018.

Jean-Jacques Daigneault will be inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame on April 3, 2019, in the Players category.

 

STÉPHANE FISET  

Saison régulière / Regular Season
LHJMQ EQUIPE PJ V D N BL MOY %ARR
QMJHL TEAM GP W L T SO GAA SAV%
1987-88 Victoriaville 41 15 20 4 1 3.92 0.876
1988-89 Victoriaville 43 25 14 1 1 3.45 0.879
1989-90 Victoriaville 24 14 6 3 1 2.71 0.916
TOTAL LHJMQ 108 54 40 8 3 3.46 0.887
QMJHL TOTAL              
Séries éliminatoires / Playoffs
LHJMQ EQUIPE PJ V D N BL MOY %ARR
QMJHL TEAM GP W L T SO GAA SAV%
1988 Victoriaville 2 2 3.68 0.895
1989 Victoriaville 12 9 2 2.79 0.913
1990 Victoriaville 14 7 7 3.72 0.891
TOTAL LHJMQ 28 16 11 3.32 0.900
QMJHL TOTAL              
CAREER / CARRIÈRE 136 70 51 8 3 3.43 0.890

 

Dans la LNH, TOTAL (regular season)         390   164   153  44   16   3.07   .899

Dans la LNH, TOTAL (playoffs)   14    1   7   0   0    3.95   .879

 

In 1987, the Longueuil Knights selected goaltender Stéphane Fiset in the first round of the QMJHL draft. The Montreal-Bourassa Canadiens prospect (Midget AAA) did not suspect that his new team would be transferred to Victoriaville just before the beginning of the 1987-88 season.

Very early on in his career, he impressed head coach Guy Chouinard as well as QMJHL brass who named him to the 3rd All-Star Team.

After being selected in the 2nd round by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, he was named Goaltender of the Year in both the QMJHL and the Canadian Hockey League by posting a 3.45 goals-against-average. That same season, he defended the net for Canada’s National Junior team, which finished in 4th place at the 1989 World Junior Hockey Championship. A year later, he helped Team Canada capture a gold medal. His outstanding 2.57 goals-against average earned him a place on the tournament all-star team.

In September of 1989, four months after extraordinary performances in the playoffs and a heartbreaking setback in the 7th game of the QMJHL President Cup final, he started the season with the Nordiques in Quebec City. Wisely, he was returned to complete his major junior internship with the Tigres as a 19 year-old. In the spring of 1990, for a second consecutive year against the Laval Titan, his team lost in the League final.

Stéphane Fiset played 136 games for the Tigres, collecting 70 wins, including playoffs, with a 3.43 goals-against-average and .890 save percentage. Fiset was the cornerstone of a team that captured the Jean-Rougeau Trophy as regular season champions in 1989-90.

After a season and a half with Halifax in the American Hockey League, he joined the Nordiques for good in January of 1992. He improved greatly in his first few seasons in Quebec as did the Nordiques who would become the Avalanche with which he won the Stanley Cup in Denver in 1995.

However, in the summer of 1996, Fiset was traded to Los Angeles.

Overall, Fiset played for four NHL teams, including the Montreal Canadiens towards end of his career in 2001-02. In 365 games, he won 164 times and posted a 3.07 goals-against-average and .899 save percentage.

After his playing days, he became a player agent under Don Meehan. He lives in his adopted town of Victoriaville, while devoting himself to his new passion as a hockey coach with Les Filons from Thetford Mines CEGEP.

Stéphane Fiset will be inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame on April 3, 2019, in the Players category.

 

ROBERT MURRAY

Saison régulière / Regular Season
LHJMQ EQUIPE PJ B A PTS PEM
QMJHL TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
1971-72 Cornwall 62 14 49 63 86
1972-73 Cornwall 32 9 26 35 34
1973-74 Cornwall 63 23 76 99 88
TOTAL LHJMQ 157 46 151 197 208
QMJHL TOTAL          
Séries éliminatoires / Playoffs
LHJMQ EQUIPE PJ B A PTS PEM
QMJHL TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
1972 Cornwall 16 2 6 8 18
1973 Cornwall 12 1 21 22 43
1974 Cornwall 5 6 6 6
TOTAL LHJMQ 33 3 33 36 67
QMJHL TOTAL          
CAREER / CARRIÈRE 190 49 184 233 275

 

Dans la LNH, TOTAL (regular season)         1008   132   382  514   873

Dans la LNH, TOTAL (playoffs)   112    19   37   56   106

Gifted with unparalleled leadership, recognized for his exemplary work ethic, Robert Murray made his mark as soon as his skates touched the ice in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

This Ontario-native defenseman quickly took control of the Cornwall Royals. In his rookie season, in 1971-72, he was named team captain. After averaging just over one point per game (63 points in 62 games), he was named Rookie of the Year. Meanwhile, his team went on to win regular season and playoff titles in the QMJHL. The Royals added the prestigious Memorial Cup to their prize list, junior hockey’s top prize. Murray was selected on the all-star team of this end-of-season tournament.

In the spring of 1973, the Royals were defeated in the finals against the Quebec Remparts, and Murray distinguished himself again with 22 points in 12 games.

In 1973-74, his team won 46 games and he was named to the QMJHL’s 1st all-star team with 99 points. The mark would become a league record for a defenseman which would hold for 5 years. His streak of 16 games with at least one point by a defenseman is still the 8thlongest streak in League history. His League record 6 assists in a game for a defenseman in the playoffs, which was established on April 6, 1973 in a 15-5 win against Sorel, still holds today.

He would record 233 regular season and 36 playoff points in 190 games in major junior. Those numbers were enough for the Chicago Blackhawks to select him in the 3rdround, 52ndoverall, in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft.

In the NHL from 1975 to 1990, he played 1,008 games, collecting 30 points or more 10 times – all with Chicago. Among the Blackhawks, he is 2ndall-time in scoring with 514 points. Murray was named a NHL All-Star in 1981 and 1983.

Once his playing career ended, he became one of the Hawks’ hockey men, becoming the club’s General Manager from 1997 to 1999.

After six seasons as a pro scout for Vancouver, he joined the Anaheim Ducks on July 14, 2005. His various roles in the team’s hockey department helped shape a world-class team that won the Stanley Cup in 2007. In 2014, he was named NHL General Manager of the Year. Under his leadership, the Ducks reached the semi-finals on 4 occasions.

Robert Murray will be inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame on April 3, 2019, in the Players category.

 

 

MARIO TREMBLAY

Saison régulière / Regular Season
LHJMQ EQUIPE PJ B A PTS PEM
QMJHL TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
1972-73 Montréal 56 43 37 80 155
1973-74 Montréal 46 49 51 100 154
TOTAL LHJMQ 102 92 88 180 309
QMJHL TOTAL          
Séries éliminatoires / Playoffs
LHJMQ EQUIPE PJ B A PTS PEM
QMJHL TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
1973 Montréal 4 1 1 4
1974 Montréal 7 1 3 4 17
TOTAL LHJMQ 11 1 4 5 21
QMJHL TOTAL          
CAREER / CARRIÈRE 113 93 92 185 330

 

 

Dans la LNH, TOTAL (regular season)         852   258   326  584   1043

Dans la LNH, TOTAL (playoffs)   101    20   29   49   187

 

A native of Alma, Mario Tremblay was certainly a gifted hockey player, but above all a player of character without equal. From his teenage years, his boundless energy earned him the nickname “Bleuet bionique” (Translator’s note: Bionic Blueberry) by local journalists.

In 1972, at age 16, he joined the Montreal Bleu-Blanc-Rouge. As a right winger, he showed what he could do by scoring 43 goals and 80 points in 56 games to go along with 155 penalty minutes.

The following season, the energy provided by this 6-feet 185 pounds frame propelled him to a 100-point season, a pace of two points per game. On November 20, 1973 in a 11-0 win in Trois-Rivières, Mario Tremblay scored 7 points, while fellow legends Normand Dupont (8) and Denis Daigle (7) were as equally productive.

Before he turned 18 years-old, the Montreal Canadiens selected him in the first round of the 1974 Entry Draft. As a rookie with the Canadiens he scored 21 times, the first of his six seasons of at least 20 goals.

A player who thrives during great moments, Tremblay scored the 6,000th goal in Canadiens history at home during his rookie campaign in 1974-75. In November of 1984, he recorded two similar milestones: the 14,000th goal in franchise history and the 6,000th goal of the franchise on the road.

He scored several game-winning goals, including the one in game 6 of the Stanley Cup final in 1978. His famous assist on Yvon Lambert’s goal in the 1979 semifinals against the Bruins propelled the Canadiens to its fourth straight playoff title.

In 12 seasons with the Canadiens, he raised the Stanley Cup on five occasions. His career as a hockey player was cut short by injuries and illness and ended at the conclusion of the 1985-86 season. He would end his career with 953 games played, registering 278 goals and 633 points along with 1,230 penalty minutes.

Following his hockey career, he jumped to the broadcast booth where he worked for radio and TV outlets for nine years.

In October of 1995, he returned to the dressing as the 23rd Montreal Canadiens head coach. He coached two seasons before leaving of his own accord. He later became Jacques Lemaire’s assistant coach with Minnesota (2000-09) and New Jersey (2009-10).

In 2010, he picked up the mic to begin the second chapter of his broadcast career, mainly working for RDS and collaborating with multiple Montreal-based radio stations.

Mario Tremblay will be inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame on April 3, 2019, in the Players category.

 

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