This is Jean-Claude Tremblay. In the time I’ve been watching NHL hockey, he’s the Hab defender who most resembles Lubomir Visnovsky. Wonderful skaters, stickhandlers and free spirits who never really complied to the wishes of button-down coaches.
JC Tremblay was a wonderful player, he would play keepaway for ages on the PK and make butter head-man passes on the powerplay. He also played center from time to time.
Legend has it that Tremblay was converted to defense (from left wing) towards the end of the 1957-58 season by Scotty Bowman. He was named to the 1st All-Star team in 1971 and the 2nd All-Star team in 1968.
Once he moved to the WHA he became the class of the league, winning top defender in the league twice.
After retiring, Tremblay got into scouting and worked Europe for the Habs for a decade or so beginning in 1985. In 1994, JC Tremblay died of cancer in his only kidney. His other kidney had been donated to his daughter in 1979.
Montreal’s Canadiens don’t look like Cup contenders right now although that is the expectation from hockey’s most rabid fanbase. The Habs opponents tonight are the Edmonton Oilers, a team in the NHL’s western conference.