Former Montreal Canadiens player and head coach Mario Tremblay is facing drunk-driving charges.
The five-time Stanley Cup champion was arrested for impaired driving and refusing to take a breathalyzer test back in January in Mascouche, Que. Tremblay plead not guilty to the charge on June 18, reports TVA Sports.
According to the charge filed against Tremblay, of which QMI Agency obtained a copy, on Jan. 25, “around 10:09 p.m., (the accused) illegally operated a motor vehicle of make 2013 Toyota Venza… while his ability to operate the vehicle was impaired by the effects of alcohol or a drug.”
The 56-year-old’s next court appearance has been set for Aug. 28 in Mascouche, a town north of Montreal, to arrange a date for his trial to commence.
In 852 regular-season games over 12 seasons in the NHL, all with the Canadiens, Tremblay scored 258 goals and 326 assists for 584 points.
As the Habs’ head coach for the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons, Tremblay had a record of 71-63-25 and is best remembered for keeping goaltender Patrick Roy in the game during for a nine-goal rout in 1995 — a controversial decision that led to Roy’s trade to the Colorado Avalanche.