1998 Olympic Winter Games

Player Profile

Bob Gainey
Assistant General Manager

Bob Gainey's swift-skating, strong play for the Montreal Canadiens in the 1970s inspired the NHL to establish an annual award for best defensive forward. He proceeded to win the Frank J. Selke Trophy the first four years it was offered.

Known as the consummate defensive forward, Gainey also played in four NHL All-Star games.
Gainey, of Peterborough, ON, helped the Canadiens win five Stanley Cups, including four straight from 1976 to 1979 and served as the Canadiens' team captain from 1981- 82 to 1988-89. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

Following his 16-year NHL career, Gainey began his coaching career in France with Epinal, before accepting the head coaching job with the Minnesota North Stars under general manager Bob Clarke for the 1990-91 NHL season.

After Clarke left the Stars' franchise to take the GM job with the expansion Florida Panthers in 1993, Gainey took on the dual roles of general manager and coach. In the club's first year in Dallas, Gainey piloted the Stars to a 42-29-13 won-lost-tied record for 97 points, the best total in franchise history.

Gainey coached the 1992 Campbell Conference All-Star team. He relinquished the head coaching responsibilities in January 1996, hiring Ken Hitchcock to coach Dallas, and becoming a full-time GM.

Key Career Accomplishments

  • Assistant GM of gold medal-winning Canadian National team at the 1997 World Hockey Championship
  • Coached the Minnesota North Stars to the Stanley Cup final (1990-91)
  • Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992
  • Member of five Stanley Cup winning Montreal Canadiens teams (1976-79, 1986)
  • Won the Frank J. Selke Award as the top defensive forward in the NHL the first four years it was awarded (1978-1981)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy winner as most valuable player in the Stanley Cup playoffs (1979)
  • Member of Team Canada in 1976 when it won the Canada Cup
  • Captain of the Montreal Canadiens for eight seasons (1981-82 to 1988-89)