Jacques Martin (born October 1, 1952) is a former head coach in the NHL. He was formerly the head coach of the St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and the Florida Panthers where he also was appointed as the general manager. He served first as a coach of the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League and then with the Guelph Platers (where he won a Memorial Cup in 1986) before being promoted to head coach of the St. Louis Blues of the NHL. Martin served two years in that position and became an assistant coach of the Quebec Nordiques. When the franchise moved to Denver and became the Colorado Avalanche Martin remained for part of the season before being offered the head coaching position in Ottawa (see below). The Avalanche went on to win the Stanley Cup in 1996. When the Ottawa Senators, a struggling expansion team with a very poor overall record, needed a new head coach in 1996 they hired Martin.
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