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Jacques Demers

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A coach who started in the WHA, he became an NHL coach when his Quebec Nordiques left the now-defunct league. After Quebec didn’t renew his contract, Demers coached in the AHL for two seasons before returning to the NHL with the St. Louis Blues. He spent three seasons there and then went to the Detroit Red Wings for four. In his last year with St. Louis, he brought them to the conference finals; he would repeat this feat the next two seasons with Detroit. Those same two seasons, Demers won the Jack Adams trophy – the only coach to win it in consecutive years. After a two-year absence, Demers returned to coaching in 1992 with Montreal. That year, the Habs won their 23rd Stanley Cup. After only 4 games into the 1995 season, the Habs fired Demers; he rebounded and took over the Tampa Bay Lightning for two seasons. A frequent commentator on CBC and TSN, Demers is a regular analyst and columnist for RDS in Quebec.