Chicoutimi, Québec , Canada
|| March 23, 1961
Sep 12, 2019 05:52pm
|Info||Richard Martel holds two degrees from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi – one in teaching, and the other in physical education. Richard was a Head Coach and Managing Director in the Québec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for 18 years. He also coached professional hockey teams in Europe, and in the North-American Hockey League where he won the championship with the Jonquière Marquis. He remains the Commissioner of that League. |
Proudly from Chicoutimi, Richard twice won the Ron Lapointe trophy awarded to the Coach of the year in the QMJHL – first in 1993-1994, as a rookie coach for the Saint-Hyacinthe Laser, then in 2004-2005, when he was coaching the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Still today, Richard is the winningest coach in QMJHL history, with 589 wins. His 1,171 games as a coach are still an unequalled record to this day. For 11 years behind the bench of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, Martel filled the hearts of the fans gathered at the Georges-Vézina Centre.