Jacques
Lemaire
Year
Team
W
L
T
OTL
Pts.
Win %
1993-94
NJ
47
25
12
---
106
.631
1994-95
NJ
22
18
8
---
52
.542
1995-96
NJ
37
33
12
---
86
.524
1996-97
NJ
45
23
14
---
104
.634
1997-98
NJ
48
23
11
---
107
.652
2009-10
NJ
48
27
---
7
103
.585
2010-11
NJ
29
17
---
3
61
.592
Franchise
Career Totals
 
276
166
57
10
619
.598
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
I don't think it's any coincidence that the Devils' longest tenured coach happens to be the most successful
coach the team has ever known.

When Lemaire came to the Devils, he brought with him an attitude right out of the Montreal Canadiens'

school, a team he also happened to star for back in the 70s. Back then, the Habs used a type of defense
that, in a nutshell, shut down their opponents' offensive rushes to create counterattack opportunities. It
didn't have a name then. When he coached the Devils, it came to be known as the Neutral Zone Trap.

In order for the Trap to work, you would also need highly skilled defensive players, and Lemaire already

had those players in place on arrival. It was all a matter of getting them to mesh, both the youngins and
the vets alike, something he was adept to doing.

He brought the Devils one game short of the Stanley Cup finals in his first year, but in his second, that

hump would be passed, and in a convincing manner, too, sweeping the Detroit Red Wings in the finals.
He never had a losing season with the Devils, and only missed the playoffs once... make that twice,
although John MacLean pretty much sealed the fate on #2.

He would leave the Devils when he accepted the same position with the expansion Minnesota Wild that

would start play for the 2000-01 season. He had been there up until 2009 to give it another run in NJ.

He's also the first Devils coach in history to have three separate tenures. He had retired after the 09-10

season was done, but came back to finish the 10-11 season as a favor to Lou Lamoriello before
re-retiring.
Year
Team
W
L
Win %
1993-94
NJ
11
9
.550
1994-95
NJ
16
4
.800
1996-97
NJ
5
5
.500
1997-98
NJ
2
4
.333
2009-10
NJ
1
4
.200
Franchise
Career Totals
 
35
26
.574
Playoff Statistics with the Franchise
Jacques Gerard Lemaire
Born: 9.7.45 LaSalle, Quebec