Orval Tessier

Orval Roy Tessier (* June 30, 1933 in Cornwall, Ontario ) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach, who played from 1954 to 1961 for the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and from 1982 to 1985, the Chicago Blackhawks trained.


Tessier played during his junior time together with Don Cherry, Don McKenney and Doug Mohns for the Barrie Flyers Ontario Hockey Association. With the team he won the 1953 Memorial Cup.

His first two seasons at senior level, he completed for the Montreal Royals in the Quebec Hockey League. In the 1954/55 season, he came to the first four missions in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens. With only six teams in the NHL, the seats were scarce. In particular, the cadres of the Canadiens was staffed heavily occupied during these years.

In the summer of 1955, the Boston Bruins took the opportunity and committed him in Intra -League Draft. At first he was again employed in the QHL, this time with the Quebec Aces. For 23 games in the 1955/56 season he also went on the ice in the NHL. Tessier, scoring his first two goals. The following year he played successfully in the lower leagues. His stations were the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League, the Trois- Rivières Lions in the QHL and the Kingston Frontenacs of the Eastern Professional Hockey League.

For the 1960/61 season he returned to the Bruins back in the NHL. There, however, he was unable to repeat the performance in the EPHL. It was followed by two years at the Portland Buckaroos of the Western Hockey League. Then it bought back the Canadiens, but there were no further deployments in the NHL. He played one more year in the Clinton Comets in the Eastern Hockey League, before he ended his active career.

At the beginning of the 1970s Tessier took over as coach the junior team of the Cornwall Royals in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, with whom he won the 1972 Memorial Cup. After a trip to the Quebec Remparts, he soon returned to Cornwall. His third coach station was in the QMJHL, the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. After a year with the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League, he took over in 1981 with the New Brunswick Hawks of the AHL his first Senior team. He led the Hawks to the Calder Cup and was then brought by the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL. In his first year he was awarded as the best coach of the league the Jack Adams Award. During his third season in the season 1984/85 ended his coaching career in the NHL. He returned to his dismissal to the Cornwall Royals, which is now playing in the OHL.

Later he worked as a scout for the Colorado Avalanche. When the team won the Stanley Cup in 2001, his name was engraved on the trophy.

NHL stats

Sporting successes

  • Memorial Cup: 1953 ( as a player ), 1972 (as coach )
  • Calder Cup: 1982 (as coach )
  • Stanley Cup: 2001 (as Scout )

Personal Awards

  • QHL First All -Star Team: 1955 and 1957
  • President's Cup ( top scorer of QHL ): 1957
  • QHL Second All-Star Team: 1959
  • EHL North Second All-Star Team: 1965
  • Jack Adams Award: 1983