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Former Habs coach Tremblay headed to court for DUI charge

Aug 20, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

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Former Canadiens player and head coach Mario Tremblay found himself on the wrong side of the law.

QMI Agency reports (link in French) the 56-year-old was arrested for drunk driving back in January, pleading “not guilty” to the charge on June 18.

From the story, translated:

According to the indictment filed against Tremblay, which QMI Agency obtained a copy, on January 25, “around 10:09 PM, [the accused] illegally operated a motor vehicle – a 2013 Toyota Venza [...] while his ability to operate the vehicle was impaired by the effects of alcohol or a drug.”

He will head back to court on August 28 in Mascouche, a town north of Montreal, to set a date for his court hearing.

Tremblay coached the Habs from 1995-1997, leading them to the playoffs twice but losing in the first round each time. He’s also spent eight years as an assistant under Jacques Lemaire in both Minnesota and New Jersey. He also suited up for the Canadiens for 12 seasons as a player from 1974-1986.

(Translation courtesy: Chantal Ledoux)

  1. ibieiniid - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    come on Joe…. i know you’re a reporter, but let this dude be. from what I read elsewhere, all he does now is some minor TV work. you might as well do a feature story on the next person they walk into a jail for DUI. give him some privacy.

  2. lidstrom5 - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Heard he was at Roy’s house before they caught him !

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Not to sound judgmental, but the headline is really stupid. Highlighting the arrest would have made sense last January, but not so many months later. Better would have been: Ex-Habs coach Tremblay due in court in DUI case.

  4. wingz101 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Come on now Tremblay won five Cups, played 12 years in Montreal and he coached the the team … But how can you write an article about the dude and not mention he was the coach that embarrassed Saint Patrick in a blowout loss to Detroit, leaving him in to get booed and humiliated … Causing him to leave the game and swear he’d never play for Montreal again. He was their last true French superstar and Tremblay drove a dagger into the heart of the franchise on that night.

    No one in Quebec remembers anything else.

  5. pats101 - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    He should apply for a position with the Denver Broncos

  6. dubblelznhell - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Yup. I was watching that game as a kid. Remember how smug Tremblay was looking as Patrick threw up his arms in mock recognition of the crowds’ mock celebration of one of his saves. I remember wondering why he didn’t pull Roy. Didn’t know about their prior histories, didn’t care. It was a override of pride on Tremblay’s part and I will always look upon this guy with disapproving thoughts for what he did to contribute to Roy being traded out of Montreal.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      So true. He should be in jail along with Rejean Houle for what those two fools did to the Canadiens 1993 Stanley Cup winning team. They had the ingredients of a talented young team that could have gotten them to multiple playoffs and SCF, but together they were a disaster. Houle will go down as the worst GM in Canadiens history.

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