1980–81 QMJHL season

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The 1980–81 QMJHL season was the 12th season in the history of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The league inaugurated three new trophies for players. The Marcel Robert Trophy is first awarded to the "Best Scholastic Player" and the Mike Bossy Trophy is first awarded to the "Best Professional Prospect" for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. The league created a second Rookie of the Year award. The existing Michel Bergeron Trophy becomes the "Offensive" Rookie of the Year award, and the Raymond Lagacé Trophy is first awarded to the "Defensive" Rookie of the Year.

Ten teams played 72 games each in the schedule. The defending champion Cornwall Royals finished first overall in the regular season, winning the Jean Rougeau Trophy, and won their third, and second consecutive President's Cup, defeating the Trois-Rivières Draveurs in the finals. The Royals went on to win their third, and second consecutive Memorial Cup championship at the 1981 Memorial Cup tournament.

Team changes[edit]

Final standings[edit]

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

Dilio Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
Trois-Rivières Draveurs 72 42 27 3 87 365 346
Chicoutimi Saguenéens 72 41 30 1 83 389 364
Sherbrooke Castors 72 40 29 3 83 381 324
Shawinigan Cataractes 72 34 34 4 72 325 321
Quebec Remparts 72 31 39 2 64 316 337
Lebel Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
Cornwall Royals 72 44 26 2 90 403 311
Sorel Éperviers 72 36 30 6 78 333 303
Montreal Juniors 72 35 37 0 70 316 328
Hull Olympiques 72 23 46 3 49 262 353
Laval Voisins 72 21 49 2 44 293 396

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Dale Hawerchuk Cornwall Royals 72 81 102 183 69
Alain Lemieux Chicoutimi /Trois-Rivières 70 68 98 166 64
Chris Valentine Sorel Éperviers 72 65 77 142 176
Daniel Rioux Quebec Remparts 69 53 77 130 16
Andre Cote Sorel / Québec 72 66 63 129 12
Francois Lecompte Montreal Juniors 63 45 83 128 87
Scott Arniel Cornwall Royals 68 52 71 123 102
Guy Fournier Shawinigan Cataractes 68 56 62 118 64
Tim Cranston Shawinigan Cataractes 72 46 67 113 123
Claude Verret Trois-Rivières Draveurs 68 39 73 112 4
Norman Lefrancois Trois-Rivières Draveurs 69 52 60 112 124

Playoffs[edit]

Alain Lemieux was the leading scorer of the playoffs with 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists).

Quarterfinals
  • Cornwall Royals defeated Quebec Remparts 4 games to 3.
  • Trois-Rivières Draveurs defeated Montreal Juniors 4 games to 3.
  • Chicoutimi Saguenéens defeated Shawinigan Cataractes 4 games to 1.
  • Sherbrooke Castors defeated Sorel Éperviers 4 games to 3.
Semifinals
  • Cornwall Royals defeated Sherbrooke Castors 4 games to 3.
  • Trois-Rivières Draveurs defeated Chicoutimi Saguenéens 4 games to 3.
Finals
  • Cornwall Royals defeated Trois-Rivières Draveurs 4 games to 1.

All-star teams[edit]

First team
Second team

Trophies and awards[edit]

Team
Player

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1979–80 QMJHL season
QMJHL seasons Succeeded by
1981–82 QMJHL season