1973–74 QMJHL season

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The 1973–74 QMJHL season was the fifth season in the history of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. East and west divisions resumed with the addition of two new teams, the Hull Festivals and Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Eleven teams played 70 games each in the schedule, up from the 64 games the previous season.

The season sparked an offensive explosion, unmatched in Canadian Hockey League history. The Sorel Éperviers finished first overall in the regular season, and set a CHL record of 620 goals scored as a team. Three Sorel players, Pierre Larouche, Michel Deziel and Jacques Cossette, had more than 90 goals and 200 points each. Sorel goalkeeper Claude Legris won the top goaltender award, despite posting a 4.50 goals against average; the highest GAA of any Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy winner to date.

Pierre Larouche set a Canadian junior ice hockey record scoring record for most points scored in a season with 251, that lasted until the 1983–84 QMJHL season when broken by Mario Lemieux. Three different players, Mike Bossy, Alain Daigle and Bob Sirois each scored 70 goals or more in the season, yet none were in the top ten league scoring leaders.

The Quebec Remparts finished second place in the regular season despite scoring 531 goals as a team, the second highest in CHL history. Quebec won the President's Cup, defeating the first place Sorel Éperviers in the finals.

Team changes[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; Pts = Points; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
Sorel Éperviers 70 58 11 1 117 620 301
Quebec Remparts 70 52 16 2 106 531 314
Shawinigan Dynamos 70 30 37 3 63 347 402
Trois-Rivières Draveurs 70 22 47 1 45 310 449
Chicoutimi Saguenéens 70 21 49 0 42 269 457
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
Cornwall Royals 70 46 22 2 94 438 328
Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge 70 43 24 3 89 443 320
Sherbrooke Castors 70 37 32 1 75 333 340
Laval National 70 30 37 3 63 362 425
Drummondville Rangers 70 23 46 1 47 286 424
Hull Festivals 70 14 55 1 29 226 405

Scoring leaders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Pierre Larouche Sorel Éperviers 67 94 157 251 53
Michel Deziel Sorel Éperviers 69 92 135 227 69
Real Cloutier Quebec Remparts 69 93 123 216 40
Jacques Cossette Sorel Éperviers 68 97 117 214 217
Jacques Locas Quebec Remparts 63 99 107 206 87
Rich Nantais Quebec Remparts 67 64 130 194 213
Gary MacGregor Cornwall Royals 66 100 74 174 76
Guy Chouinard Quebec Remparts 62 75 85 160 22
Marcel Dumais Sherbrooke Castors 67 59 101 160 73
Kevin Treacy Cornwall Royals 69 51 105 156 57

Playoffs[edit]

Jacques Locas was the leading scorer of the playoffs with 51 points (18 goals, 33 assists).

Quarterfinals
  • Sorel Éperviers defeated Trois-Rivières Draveurs 4 games to 0.
  • Quebec Remparts defeated Shawinigan Dynamos 4 games to 0.
  • Laval National defeated Cornwall Royals 4 games to 1.
  • Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge defeated Sherbrooke Castors 4 games to 1.
Semifinals
  • Sorel Éperviers defeated Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge 4 games to 0.
  • Quebec Remparts defeated Laval National 4 games to 2.
Finals
  • Quebec Remparts defeated Sorel Éperviers 4 games to 2.

All-star teams[edit]

First team
Second team

Trophies and awards[edit]

Team
Player

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1972–73 QMJHL season
QMJHL seasons Succeeded by
1974–75 QMJHL season