Former Montreal Canadiens player Jean-Guy Talbot has died

By Michel Lamarche, The Canadian Press

Jean-Guy Talbot, a former Montreal Canadiens player, has died at the age of 91.

He was one of 12 Montreal Canadiens players to win five consecutive Stanley Cups between 1956 and 1960.

Born in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Trois-Rivières, on July 11, 1932, Talbot played 17 NHL seasons with five different teams between 1954 and 1971.

Talbot also served as head coach with the St. Louis Blues between 1972 and 1974, and with the New York Rangers in 1977-78. He held similar positions in the now discontinued World Hockey Association for 41 games in 1975-76.

Throughout his career, Talbot played 1,066 games, amassing 285 points, including 43 goals, with 1,014 penalty minutes.

He also played in 151 playoff games with the Canadiens and the St. Louis Blues, collecting 30 points and 142 penalty minutes.

In 801 games with the Canadiens between 1954 and 1967, he scored 36 goals and collected 245 points.

Also, he had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup twice, in 1965 and 1966.

His best season was in 1961-62, scoring five goals and 47 points in 70 games, a performance that earned him his only selection in the NHL’s first all-star team.

That same season, he finished third in the voting for the Norris Trophy which is awarded to the best defenceman, behind his former team-mate Doug Harvey with the New York Rangers, and Pierre Pilote on the Chicago Blackhawks.

This report by La Presse Canadienne was translated by CityNews.

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