May 20, 1950 |
Drummondville, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Played for||Montreal Canadiens
|NHL Draft||40th overall, 1970
Detroit Red Wings
Although drafted in 1970 by the Detroit Red Wings, Lambert started his National Hockey League career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1973. He would spend nine years in Montreal before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres. Yvon is best known for scoring the winning goal in overtime of game seven of the 1979 Stanley Cup Semi-Finals against the Boston Bruins, the culmination of an exciting game most memorable for a career-damaging coaching error by Don Cherry with two minutes left in regulation. Lambert won four consecutive Stanley Cups with the Habs from 1976 to 1979. Lambert played his final two seasons with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League, winning the 1982-1983 Calder Cup. He retired after the Amerks lost in the 1983-1984 Calder Cup Finals.
After being traded to Montreal, a year after being drafted by the Red Wings, Yvon thought he would never make it to the NHL since the Montreal Canadiens had a young and talented squad. It was his desire to get back to Detroit, which had an aging squad at the time like Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio, that made him push himself to perform well with the Port Huron Flags since every young player at time knew they would probably have a chance to replace these players.
After a great season with Port Huron Ned Harkness, who was coach of the Red Wings, told Lambert that if he stayed in form he would have a good chance to be given another chance with the Red Wings the following season. In August 1972, Yvon was surprised by reading in the newspaper that his services were being kept by the Canadiens. Yvon stated in French that During the first day at the camp, at the forum of Montreal, there was 80 players and I find myself next to Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer, Serge Savard, Jacques Lemaire, and Larry Robinson. Whew! I felt so small. .
|1970-71||Port Huron Flags||IHL||65||23||18||41||81||14||8||1||9||32|
|1971-72||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||AHL||67||18||21||39||116||15||4||4||8||28|
|1972-73||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||AHL||76||52||52||104||84||13||9||9||18||32|
Before a playoff game between the Montreal Canadiens vs the Boston Bruins, which took place May 6, 2014, Yvon Lambert met with thousands of fans in front of the Bell Centre in Montreal to encourage them.
Yvon Lambert also encourages and helps Hockey Garage Leagues to organize games internationally. He has helped with this hockey international company over 28 000 players to play internationally. He has also helped teams by coaching them.
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