Orval Tessier

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Orval Tessier
Born (1933-06-30) June 30, 1933 (age 86)
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
Portland Buckaroos
Clinton Comets
Quebec Aces
Springfield Indians
Hershey Bears
Playing career 19511965

Orval Roy Tessier (born June 30, 1933) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre and coach who played three seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins. Tessier played only 59 regular season games in the NHL. However, he was a solid offensive player in minor professional leagues winning two scoring titles with the EPHL's Kingston Frontenacs, voted the league's most valuable player and most sportsmanlike player in the 1961–62 season.

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After playing, Tessier had a successful coaching career. In junior ice hockey, Tessier coached the Cornwall Royals to Memorial Cup victory in 1972. Tessier coached the 1981 Memorial Cup finalists, the Kitchener Rangers. The next season, Tessier was hired to coach the New Brunswick Hawks in the American Hockey League. He led the Hawks to a Calder Cup victory in 1982. Tessier was promoted, and named head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, which lasted for three seasons.

Tessier may be best remembered for a quote during the 1983 Campbell Conference finals. After the Blackhawks gave up 16 goals in falling behind 2–0 to the Edmonton Oilers, Tessier fumed that Chicago players needed "heart transplants". The quip failed to inspire the Hawks, who dropped the final two games of the series at Chicago Stadium, marking the second consecutive year Chicago lost in the Campbell Conference final (both times, the opponent was presented the Clarence Campbell Bowl on Stadium ice). The Hawks would lose in the semifinals again in 1985, 1989 and 1990 before finally breaking through in 1992, although they would not win the Stanley Cup until 2010.

Tessier won the Stanley Cup in 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche while serving as a scout for the team.

Coaching record

TeamYear Regular season Post season
GWLTPtsDivision rankResult
CHI 1982–83 804723101041st in Norris Lost in third round
CHI 1983–84 8030428684th in Norris Lost in first round
CHI 1984–85 5322283472nd in Norris Fired
Total213999321219

Awards and achievements

Preceded by
Tom Watt
Winner of the Jack Adams Award
1983
Succeeded by
Bryan Murray
Preceded by
Bob Pulford
Head coach of the Chicago Black Hawks
1982-85
Succeeded by
Bob Pulford

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