Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Orval Tessier
Center Orval Tessier played briefly with the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins in the 50s and 60s. He was better known as a dangerous goal scorer in the minors and, later, as a junior and NHL coach.

Born in Cornwall, Ontario, Tessier played junior with the Kitchener Greenshirts and the Barrie Flyers. In 1952 he led the OHA with 62 goals then the next year he notched 20 points in 15 games while helping the Flyers win the Memorial Cup. He played four games for the Habs 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 EPHL. He led the Quebec league in scoring in 1957 and 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 then enjoyed brief success in WHL and EHL. He retired in 1965 after scoring 60 goals for the Clinton Comets.

Tessier turned to the realm of coaching and later became synonymous with a number of powerful squads. He guided the Cornwall Royals to the Memorial Cup in 1972 and 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. The next year he was behind the bench when the team won the national championship behind the brilliance of Brian Bellows and Scott Stevens and Al MacInnis.

Following the Memorial Cup win, 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 replaced 53 games into the 1984-85 season. Tessier returned to his roots as coach of the Cornwall Royals in 1986-87.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1951-52 Kitchener Greenshirts OHA-Jr. 52 62 25 87 18 4 3 1 4 8
1952-53 Kitchener<196>Barrie OHA-Jr. 55 54 40 94 19 15 7 13 20 12
1952-53 Barrie Flyers M-Cup 10 10 18 28 14
1953-54 Montreal Royals QHL 60 21 18 39 13 9 2 1 3 6
1954-55 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 0 0 0
1954-55 Montreal Royals QHL 60 36 30 66 8 12 4 7 11 0
1955-56 Boston Bruins NHL 23 2 3 5 6
1955-56 Hershey Bears AHL 2 0 1 1 0
1955-56 Quebec Aces QHL 28 5 10 15 4 7 1 2 3 2
1956-57 Quebec Aces QHL 68 43 38 81 24 10 7 5 12 0
1956-57 Quebec Aces Ed-Cup 6 9 3 12 0
1957-58 Springfield Indians AHL 12 5 3 8 2
1958-59 Trois-Rivieres Lions QHL 62 27 39 66 4 8 2 3 5 9
1959-60 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 70 59 67 126 10
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 32 3 4 7 0
1960-61 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 34 22 21 43 6 5 4 2 6 0
1961-62 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 66 54 60 114 12 11 5 9 14 0
1962-63 Portland Buckaroos WHL 36 15 21 36 9 7 0 0 0 0
1963-64 Portland Buckaroos WHL 66 14 34 48 4 5 1 2 3 0
1964-65 Clinton Comets EHL 66 60 58 118 8 11 2 7 9 0
NHL Totals 59 5 7 12 6


QHL First All-Star Team (1955, 1957)
President's Cup (QHL - Scoring Champion) (1957)
QHL Second All-Star Team (1959)
EHL North Second All-Star Team (1965)
Claimed by Boston from Montreal in Intra-League Draft, June 1, 1955. Traded to Montreal by Boston (Portland - WHL) for cash, August, 1964.
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