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New Jersey Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire retires at age 64

compiled from staff and wire reports.

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Jacques Lemaire says that the energy and thrill is gone, so he is retiring from coaching.

Just a few days after the New Jersey Devils were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round for the third straight year, the 64-year-old Lemaire made the surprising announcement that he was retiring.

Lemaire said that he has thought about retiring several times this seasonĀ  and that losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs had nothing to do with his decision at all.

Devils president Lou Lamoriello said that Lemaire, who is a 1984 Hockey Hall of Fame for his playing career, will stay on with New Jersey in a role that will be determined later.

As far as replacements, Lamoriello has not put together a list of candidates but there are several who have been rumored to be in the hunt: John MacLean, the coach of the Devils’ top farm team (Lowell of the AHL), and Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens, who was an assistant this season.

LeMaire coached 16 seasons in the NHL with Montreal, New Jersey and Minnesota, posting a 588-441 won-lost record. His teams also played 124 ties and lost 60 games in overtime or shootouts.

He won the Jack Adams award as the league’s top coach in 1994 and 2003. This past winter, he was an assistant coach on Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the Vancouver Olympics.

The Devils won the Atlantic Division this past season with a 47-27-7 record, putting them as the number 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. But they were clearly outplayed by the Flyers, the number 7 seed, who beat them nine out of 11 games this season.

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