Jean Perron

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Jean Perron
Born (1946-10-05) October 5, 1946 (age 72)
Occupation Ice hockey coach
Sports commentator

Jean Perron (born October 5, 1946) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and sports commentator, best known for being the 16th head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, serving from 1985 to 1988. Perron has more recently served as the head coach for Israel's men's national teams.

Coaching career

Born in Saint-Isidore-d'Auckland, Quebec, Perron was an assistant coach with the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens under Jacques Lemaire for one season before being named head coach in 1985. As a rookie, head coach, Perron won a Stanley Cup with the Canadiens. Perron would spend three seasons as the Canadien's head coach before being fired after the 1987–88 season. The next year, he was hired by the Quebec Nordiques as a temporary midseason replacement.[1] He also served as an assistant coach for Canada at the 1987 Canada Cup. Later, Perron joined the International Hockey League's San Francisco Spiders as their head coach and general manager for one season, followed by a short stint with the Manitoba Moose.[2][3][4][5][6]

Perron's tough and often authoritarian coaching style resulted in tumultuous relationships with several of his players and staff, including a long-standing public feud with former Canadiens player Chris Nilan.[1][5]

Post career

After his professional coaching career, Perron became a hockey analyst for different media outlets in Quebec and has appeared regularly on TQS's sports talk show 110%.[7] He was often mocked for his incorrect use of proverbs and idioms and a book, Les Perronismes supposedly listing his most famous linguistic faux-pas was published in 2001.[citation needed]

In 2004, Perron was named the coach of the Israel's Under-18 and senior men's national teams. He led both teams to new heights with Israel being promoted to Division I for one year. He left after two seasons but returned in 2011 and led the Under-18 team to a IIHF World U-18 Division II Group B championship in 2013.[8]

Coaching record


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
MTL 1985–86 80 40 33 7 - 87 2nd in Adams Won Stanley Cup
MTL 1986–87 80 41 29 10 - 92 2nd in Adams Lost in Third round
MTL 1987–88 80 45 22 13 - 103 1st in Adams Lost in Second round
QUE 1988–89 46 16 25 5 - (61) 5th in Adams Missed Playoffs
Total 286 142 109 35


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
SF 1995–96 82 40 32 - 10 90 3rd in South Lost in First round
MTB 1996–97 50 16 26 - 8 (74) 5th in Midwest (Fired During Season)


  1. ^ a b Canadiens 6, Nordiques 4
  2. ^ Perron recalls horror
  3. ^ The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the League and Changed the Game Forever
  4. ^ WAY TO GO, WINNIPEG Perseverance pays
  5. ^ a b When Bruce Boudreau worked for Jean Perron
  6. ^ Just Plain Goofy
  7. ^ Party, Interrupted
  8. ^ Israel moves up to Division IIA Archived May 1, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Jean Perron career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Montreal Canadiens profile
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jacques Lemaire
Head coach of the Montreal Canadiens
Succeeded by
Pat Burns
Preceded by
Ron Lapointe
Head coach of the Quebec Nordiques
Succeeded by
Michel Bergeron
Preceded by
Frank Serratore
(Minnesota Moose)
Head coach of the Manitoba Moose
Succeeded by
Randy Carlyle
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