1997–98 QMJHL season

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The 1997–98 QMJHL season was the 29th season in the history of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Quebec Remparts name is revived after twelve years when the Beauport Harfangs change identities. The QMJHL continues to grow in eastern markets with an expansion team in Baie-Comeau and the relocating of the Granby Prédateurs relocated to Cape Breton.

The league inaugurates the Philips Plaque, awarded to the player with the best faceoff percentage. The Ford Cups are renamed the Telus Cups, one each for the offensive and defensive players of the year.

Fifteen teams played 70 games each in the schedule. The Quebec Remparts finished first overall in the regular season winning their first Jean Rougeau Trophy, since the original name was revived. The Val-d'Or Foreurs won their first President's Cup, defeating the Rimouski Océanic 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

Dilio Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
Quebec Remparts 70 46 18 6 98 285 204
Rimouski Océanic 70 40 27 3 83 296 257
Chicoutimi Saguenéens 70 36 33 1 73 272 285
Moncton Wildcats 70 29 32 9 67 240 229
Halifax Mooseheads 70 24 41 5 53 263 316
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 70 19 46 5 43 211 295
Baie-Comeau Drakkar 70 18 47 5 41 215 332
Lebel Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 70 43 23 4 90 338 245
Victoriaville Tigres 70 40 23 7 87 274 209
Shawinigan Cataractes 70 40 24 6 86 262 217
Val-d'Or Foreurs 70 37 26 7 81 263 228
Laval Titan Collège Français 70 37 28 5 79 276 220
Hull Olympiques 70 32 37 1 65 270 268
Sherbrooke Faucons 70 26 41 3 55 220 273
Drummondville Voltigeurs 70 23 44 3 49 221 328

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Ramzi Abid Chicoutimi Saguenéens 68 50 85 135 266
Pierre Dagenais Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 60 66 67 133 50
Mike Ribeiro Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 67 40 85 125 55
Mathieu Benoit Chicoutimi Saguenéens 59 56 61 117 32
Vincent Lecavalier Rimouski Océanic 58 44 71 115 117
Brad Richards Rimouski Océanic 68 33 82 115 44
Sebastien Roger Moncton Wildcats 70 53 61 114 64
David Gosselin Chicoutimi Saguenéens 69 46 64 110 139
Derrick Walser Rimouski Océanic 70 41 69 110 135
David Thibeault Victoriaville Tigres 70 46 56 102 95

Playoffs[edit]

Jean-Pierre Dumont was the leading scorer of the playoffs with 46 points (31 goals, 15 assists).

Division quarterfinals
  • Quebec Remparts defeated Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 games to 0.
  • Rimouski Océanic defeated Halifax Mooseheads 4 games to 1.
  • Moncton Wildcats defeated Chicoutimi Saguenéens 4 games to 2.
  • Hull Olympiques defeated Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 games to 2.
  • Laval Titan Collège Français defeated Victoriaville Tigres 4 games to 2.
  • Val-d'Or Foreurs defeated Shawinigan Cataractes 4 games to 2.
Division semifinals - Round-robin

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
Rimouski Océanic 4 3 1 0 6 24 14
Quebec Remparts 4 2 2 0 4 16 20
Moncton Wildcats 4 1 3 0 2 11 17
Lebel Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
Val-d'Or Foreurs 4 2 2 0 4 19 17
Laval Titan Collège Français 5 3 2 0 6 16 15
Hull Olympiques 5 2 3 0 4 18 21

Laval Titan Collège Français defeated Hull Olympiques in a one-game playoff to determine 2nd place in the round-robin standings.

Division finals
  • Rimouski Océanic defeated Quebec Remparts 4 games to 2.
  • Val-d'Or Foreurs defeated Laval Titan Collège Français 4 games to 1.
League finals
  • Val-d'Or Foreurs defeated Rimouski Océanic 4 games to 0.

All-star teams[edit]

First team
Second team
Rookie team

Trophies and awards[edit]

Team
Player
Executive

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1996–97 QMJHL season
QMJHL seasons Succeeded by
1998–99 QMJHL season