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.
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.