Mario Tremblay begins his sixth year as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild. With over 25 years of experience in the NHL, Tremblay works closely with the players in every aspect of the game and provides an unrivaled passion for the sport.
Prior to joining the Wild on July 24, 2000, Tremblay spent three seasons as a professional scout for the Montreal Canadiens, and previously worked behind the bench as the club’s head coach. Tremblay became the 22nd head coach in the history of the Canadiens on October 21, 1995. On that same evening, he coached his first NHL game, guiding the Canadiens to a victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Montreal Forum. In two seasons, Tremblay compiled a record of 71-63-25 (.525) in 159 contests and led the club to the playoffs both seasons. Prior to becoming the Canadiens head coach, he was a well-known radio and television sports commentator.
Tremblay, 49 (9/2/56), became the youngest player ever to wear the Montreal Canadiens uniform when he joined the team, at age 18, in 1974. He played with Montreal for 12 seasons and was a teammate of Wild President/General Manager Doug Risebrough and Wild Head Coach Jacques Lemaire on the Canadiens team that won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1976 to 1979. Tremblay earned a fifth Stanley Cup title as a member of the 1985-86 Montreal Canadiens. In 852 games, the right wing recorded 584 points (258 goals and 326 assists) and 1,043 penalty minutes. Tremblay took part in the NHL playoffs for 11 straight seasons and totaled 49 points (20 goals, 29 assists) in 101 games. Tremblay was originally the Canadiens fourth choice (12th overall) in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft.
A native of Alma, Quebec, Tremblay and his wife, Colette Germain, have two daughters, Claudia and Janie. The family resides in Lilydale, Minnesota.