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Jacques Lemaire – Special Assignment Coach

In sixth season of second stint with Devils; served club as head coach for third time from December 23, 2010 through end of 2010- 11...Became eighth individual to reach 600-win mark as head coach on February 10, 2011...Originally stepped down as head coach April 26, 2010; re-joined club July 13, 2009 after serving Minnesota Wild as head coach for nine seasons...Served as associate coach for Gold Medal-winning Team Canada at 2010 Olympic Winter Games...His 509 games coached, 276 wins, 61 post-season games and 35 playoff victories with New Jersey are tops in franchise history...As first coach in Wild history, compiled a 293-255-108=694pt (.529) mark over eight seasons and 2003 Western Conference Finals appearance, while capturing second career Jack Adams Award as league’s top coach...Named Minnesota’s coach June 19, 2000 after serving Montreal as senior consultant to the general manager...Including 1995 Stanley Cup Championship, led Devils to five post-season appearances and to Eastern Conference’s best record in both 1996-97 (45-23-14=104pts) and 1997-98 (48-23-11=107pts)...Originally named organization’s eighth coach June 28, 1993 and served for five years; won Adams Award in first season with club...Prior to joining organization, served Canadiens’ Hockey Operations Department for eight seasons from 1985-86 through 1992-93...Held title of assistant to the managing director for seven of those eight seasons, spending 1988-89 as managing director of the Verdun Junior Canadiens (QMJHL)...Also had dual titles as managing director of Fredericton (AHL) for two seasons in 1991-92 and 1992-93, as well as director of hockey operations for three seasons from 1985-86 through 1987-88...Named Montreal’s head coach February 24, 1984; voluntarily stepped down following 1984-85 season...Led club to Wales Conference Finals in 1984 and first-place Adams Division finish in 1984-85...Began coaching career in 1979 as player/coach of HC Sierre in Switzerland...Returned to North America in 1981 as an assistant coach with SUNY Plattsburgh...In 1982-83, was named head coach of the QMJHL’s expansion franchise in Longueuil, leading club to league finals its inaugural season...Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984, following a 12-season playing career with Montreal...A member of eight Stanley Cup Championship teams; recorded Cup-clinching goal in 1977...As a member of Montreal’s staff, also won Stanley Cup Championships during the 1985-86 and 1992-93 seasons...Born September 7, 1945, in Lasalle, Que.; Jacques and his wife, Mychele, have two sons, Patrice and Danyk, and one daughter, Magalie, as well as five grandchildren, Jeremy, Xavier, Zachary, Emma and Kara.

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