Defenceman Jean-Guy Talbot was an excellent passer who provided physical play in his own zone. His career lasted 1,056 games with five different clubs but he was best known for winning seven Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens.
Born in Cap de la Madeleine, Quebec, Talbot played junior in Trois-Rivieres and Shawinigan before playing senior with the Quebec Aces. After scoring 34 points for the club in 1954-55, the talented rearguard was placed on the QHL's first all-star team. He gained a regular job on the Montreal Canadiens' blueline in 1955-56 and enjoyed Stanley Cup success in each of his first five NHL seasons.
Talbot was an integral part of the Canadiens' transition game until 1966-67. His consistent play at both ends of the ice was crucial when the Habs had to replace the likes of Rocket Richard, Doug Harvey, and Bernie Geoffrion. After scoring 47 points in 1961-62, Talbot was voted on to the NHL first all-star team. He also played an important role on Stanley Cup teams in 1965 and 1966.
When the Canadiens wanted to go with younger players like Serge Savard, he was left unprotected in the 1967 Expansion Draft. The Minnesota North Stars called his name nut ended up trading him to the Detroit Red Wings four games into the 1967-68 season. Before the end of the regular schedule, Talbot was picked up by the St. Louis Blues. His puck handling and experience helped the club reach the Stanley Cup final three straight years beginning in 1968. Talbot retired in 1971 after lending his expertise to the young defence on the expansion Buffalo Sabres.
Following his playing days, Talbot became a coach. He coached the Denver Spurs to the WHL championship in 1972 then worked behind the St. Louis bench on an interim basis in 1972-73 and 1973-74. He also coached the New York Rangers in 1977-78 and was replaced after the club posted a disappointing 30-37-13 record.
Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame