Orval Roy Tessier - Born June 30, 1933 in Cornwall, Ontario is a retired Canadian professional ice Hockey centre and coach.
Tessier played junior with the Kitchener Greenshirts and the Barrie Flyers. In 1952 he led the OHA with 62 goals over just 52 games.
Then the next year he played for the Barrie Flyers and once again reached the 50 goal plateau, and also notched 20 points in 15 playoff games, while helping the Flyers win the 1953 Memorial Cup championship. He played four games for the Canadiens in 1954-55 but the team was too deep at centre.
The Boston Bruins at the 1955 Intra-League Draft picked up Tessier. He played a few games for them in 1955-56 and 1960-61. In between he was a dominant scorer in the QHL and Eastern Professional Hockey League / EPHL. He led the Quebec league in scoring in 1957, scoring 43 and totalling 81 over 68 games with the Quebec Aces, helping the team win the Edinburgh Cup that year.. Tessier was a two time selection to the first all-star team. Two years later he led all EPHL scorers with 59 goals and 126 points in 70 games with the Kingston Frontenacs. In 1961-62 Tessier won his second EPHL scoring title with 54 goals and 114 points, and was voted the league's most valuable player and most sportsmanlike player for the season. Tessier then enjoyed brief success in WHL with the Portland Buckaroos and the EHL Clinton Comets, where he scored 60 goals, 118 points in 66 games during his final playing season in 1964-65.
Tessier turned to the realm of coaching and later became synonymous with a number of powerful squads. He coached the Cornwall Royals to the Memorial Cup championship in 1972, then coached the Quebec Remparts to the Memorial Cup final in 1973 and then helped the Chicoutimi Sagueneens dominate the QMJHL in the late 70s. He then led the Kitchener Rangers to the Memorial Cup finals where they lost to the Cornwall Royals in 1981.
Tessier was then hired to coach the New Brunswick Hawks in the American Hockey League / AHL, his first year at the pro level and his only year in the AHL. Tessier led the Hawks to a AHL Calder Cup victory in 1982.
Tessier was hired by the Chicago Black Hawks and led the club to a 106 points season in 1982-83. He was presented the Jack Adams Award as the NHL"s top coach but was criticized after claiming the Hawks needed "heart transplants" when they were beaten by the superior Edmonton Oilers in the semifinals. The next year the Hawks dropped 38 points and sported a losing record when he was fired 53 games into the 1984-85 season.
Tessier returned to his roots as coach of the Cornwall Royals in 1986-87.
Tessier finally won a Stanley Cup in 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche while serving as a scout for the team.