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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on December 11th, 2015

Joseph Auseline Jean-Guy Talbot - Born July 11, 1932 in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec is a retired Canadian ice Hockey defenceman and coach.

Talbot played junior for the Trois-Rivieres Reds before playing senior with the Quebec Aces. After scoring 34 points for the club in 1954-55, the talented rearguard was placed on the QHL's first all-star team. He gained a regular job on the Montreal Canadiens' blueline in 1955-56 and enjoyed Stanley Cup success in each of his first five NHL seasons.

Talbot was an integral part of the Canadiens' transition game until 1966-67. His consistent play at both ends of the ice was crucial when the Habs had to replace the likes of Rocket Richard, Doug Harvey, and Bernie Geoffrion. After scoring 47 points in 1961-62, Talbot was voted on to the NHL first all-star team. He also played an important role on Stanley Cup teams in 1965 and 1966.

When the Canadiens wanted to go with younger players like Serge Savard, he was left unprotected in the 1967 Expansion Draft. The Minnesota North Stars called his name nut ended up trading him to the Detroit Red Wings four games into the 1967-68 season. Before the end of the regular schedule, Talbot was picked up by the St. Louis Blues. His puck handling and experience helped the club reach the Stanley Cup final three straight years beginning in 1968. Talbot retired in 1971 after lending his expertise to the young defence on the expansion Buffalo Sabres.

Over the course of his career he played 1,056 games, scoring 43 goals and adding 242 assists for 285 points. He also collected 1,006 penalty minutes. Also was the player that ended Scotty Bowman Hockey playing career by high sticking/slashing him in the head & ending Bowman's playing career in junior Hockey.

Talbot became a coach after retiring. He coached the Denver Spurs to the Western Hockey League / WHL championship in 1972 (The Spurs became the first professional sports team in Colorado to win a championship - The Lester Patrick Cup) then worked behind the St. Louis bench on an interim basis, replacing Al Arbour who had been fired from the position. He held the position for two years, resigning in February 1974. Talbot signed on as head coach for the New York Rangers in 1977, taking over from John Ferguson, with whom he had played during his tenure with the Canadiens. As coach of the Rangers, Talbot was known for wearing a warmup suit behind the bench during games, rather than the normal business suit worn by most coaches.

Sourced from dalecasey - Credited to David Bier.


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