Reports: Ex-Wings coach Demers suffers stroke

The Detroit News
Jacques Demers

Former Red Wings coach Jacques Demers suffered a stroke on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Demers, 71, a senator in Quebec, is in stable condition in a Montreal hospital, CBC reported.

Demers was coach of the Wings from 1986-87 to 1989-90 as the team enjoyed a rebirth in Detroit, winning two Norris Division titles under his leadership.

Demers won the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1988 but was fired in July 1990 after the Wings missed the playoffs. The Wings then hired Bryan Murray as coach and general manager.

During his tenure in Detroit, Demers coached a talented and colorful bunch that included players such as superstar Steve Yzerman, Gerard Gallant, Bob Probert, Joe Kocur, Petr Klima, Shawn Burr and goalie Greg Stefan.

After leaving Detroit, Demers coached Montreal for four seasons and Tampa Bay for two.

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