Acadie–Bathurst Titan

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Acadie–Bathurst Titan
Logo Titan d'Acadie Bathurst 2014.png
City Bathurst, New Brunswick
League Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Conference Telus
Division Telus Maritimes
Founded 1969
Home arena K. C. Irving Regional Centre
Colours Red, gold, and white
              
General manager Canada Sylvain Couturier
Head coach Canada Mario Pouliot
Captain To Be Announced
Alternates captains:
To Be Announced

Website
www.letitan.com
Franchise history
1969–1971 Rosemont National
1971–1979 Laval National
1979–1985 Laval Voisins
1985–1994 Laval Titan
1994–1998 Laval Titan Collège Français
1998–present Acadie–Bathurst Titan

The Acadie–Bathurst Titan is a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). They play at the K. C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst, New Brunswick.

History[edit]

The franchise was granted in 1969–70 as the Rosemont National. In 1971, they moved from Rosemont to Laval to become the Laval National, and later the Laval Voisins. In 1985, they became the Laval Titan, and in 1994, they became the Laval Titan Collège Français following a merger with the Verdun Collège Français, and then in 1998, they moved to Bathurst. The "Acadie" term in the team name refers to the city's surroundings, where the Acadian population is a majority.

The franchise has won five President's Cups, one of which (in 1999) came during the team's tenure in Bathurst. In the Memorial Cup that year, the team finished winless in the round-robin. The most famous player that has come through the organization would undoubtedly be Mario Lemieux, who was drafted in 1984 by the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Lemieux played for the team during its tenure in Laval. Other famous franchise alumni include Mike Bossy, Gino Odjick, and Vincent Damphousse. Notable NHL alumni from Bathurst include Patrice Bergeron, François Beauchemin, Bruno Gervais, and Roberto Luongo.

In the 1999–2000 season, the Titan had the first female to be drafted by a QMJHL team, Charline Labonté, a 17-year-old Quebec goalie who spent parts of two seasons with the team.[1]

Relocation speculation[edit]

On February 7, 2009, amid much speculation, the Titan franchise was given a 30-day relocation application extension by the QMJHL Board of Governors. With the club continuing to struggle with attendance and the recent struggles of the economy in the area, the team was rumored to be on the move if things did not turn around in the foreseeable future. The team's owner, Léo-Guy Morrissette, entertained offers from a group of local investors in the Bathrust area, as well as a group from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Morrissette eventually decided to sell the team to his daughter Annie Morrissette-Hébert and his son Stephane Morrissette, who would each own 50 per cent of the club. The move also ensured the team would remain in Bathurst for the 2009–10 season.

At the end of the 2009–2010 season, Léo-Guy Morrissette bought back control of the team from his children at their request. Léo-Guy Morrissette kept ownership of the Titan throughout 2010 to April 2013. But after the Titan were eliminated in the first round of the QMJHL league playoffs by Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and with a few years of really low attendance records Morrissette started contemplating selling the team for relocation. A few local investors approached Morrissette about possibly purchasing the Titan to keep them in Bathurst. With low attendance and some health issues Morrissette decided to sell the Titan to local investors as well as a few former NHL Titan alumni. For days it remained silent on who the investors were but on April 11, 2013, CBC confirmed that Local investors which include Leopold Theriault, Darrel Stohart along with hometown NHL player Sean Couturier as well as former Titan Alumni and NHL stars Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins), Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), Bruno Gervais (Philadelphia Flyers), and Mathieu Perreault (Washington Capitals) will all be part of a new 28+ member group of investors led by local steel businessman Leopold Theriault who are buying the team from former owner/general manager Léo-Guy Morrissette. Morrissette has been looking to sell the Titan for a few years, according to this Yahoo report. The team is reportedly worth just over $3 million. Also Sylvain Couturier, has been re-appointed GM - he'd been GM from 2005–2011, when Morrissette took over the GM duties along as being owner. The sale ends the Morrissette era in the QMJHL. Morrissette, a long-time owner and representative of the league, moved the team to Bathurst in 1998 from Laval. The team won the QMJHL’s President’s Cup in 1999, their first season in Bathurst.

Retired numbers[edit]

Note: numbers of players from entire franchise history from 1969 to present.

Note:The Acadie–Bathurst Titan retired the number 37, carried by Patrice Bergeron between 2001 and 2003, on September 25, 2011. Bergeron is the first player to have his number retired since the Titan moved to Bathurst. Bergeron then went on to win a Stanley Cup in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Boston Bruins, defeating the Vancouver Canucks, who were led by fellow Titan alumni Roberto Luongo and also an Olympic Gold Medal in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with Team Canada defeating Team United States of America (Team USA), but this time alongside fellow Titan alumni goaltender Roberto Luongo. Bergeron is a member of the Triple Gold Club, a group of ice hockey players and coaches who have won an Olympic Games gold medal, a World Championship gold medal, and the Stanley Cup[3]

Note: The Acadie Bathurst Titan retired the number 1, carried by Roberto Luongo between 1998-1999, on August 19, 2012. Luongo, a fan favorite of the people of Bathurst and also the people of New Brunswick, was the second player to have his number retired since the Titan relocated to Bathurst NB from Laval Que., Luongo has competed for Team Canada in numerous tournaments. As a junior, he won a silver medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships, while being named Best Goaltender in his second tournament appearance. Luongo has won two gold medals at the 2003 and 2004 World Championships and a silver in the 2005 World Championships. He also won the 2004 World Cup championship and appeared in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin as a backup to Martin Brodeur in both instances. He succeeded Brodeur as Canada's starting goaltender during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, winning a gold medal defeating Team United States of America (Team USA)alongside fellow Titan Alumni Patrice Bergeron. He also led his NHL team Vancouver Canucks to game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final losing to the Boston Bruins and fellow Titan alumni Bergeron

NHL alumni[edit]

Mascot[edit]

  • The Acadie–Bathurst Titan mascot is name "Bang-Bang," however there is a plan in place to replace him with a new mascot named "Maximus"

Season-by-season record[edit]

  • Acadie–Bathurst Titan 1998–2008[4]
OL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss, Pct = Winning percentage
Season Games Won Lost Tied OL SL Points Pct Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1998–99 70 42 25 3 87 0.621 315 255 3rd, Dilio
1999–2000 72 20 40 8 4 52 0.361 227 311 4th, Maritime
2000–01 72 29 38 4 1 63 0.438 239 281 3rd, Maritime
2001–02 72 45 18 4 5 99 0.688 257 225 1st, Maritime
2002–03 72 44 21 4 3 95 0.660 276 189 2nd, Atlantic
2003–04 70 18 49 3 0 39 0.279 184 314 5th, Atlantic
2004–05 70 18 42 7 3 46 0.329 163 244 5th, Atlantic
2005–06 70 43 19 3 5 94 0.671 291 223 2nd, Eastern
2006–07 70 35 28 2 5 77 0.550 291 269 5th, Eastern
2007–08 70 41 25 2 2 86 0.614 289 241 3rd, Eastern
2008–09 68 20 35 7 6 53 0.294 187 256 5th, Atlantic
2009–10 68 25 37 3 3 56 0.368 208 286 5th, Atlantic
2010–11 68 44 21 2 1 91 0.669 261 197 2nd, Maritimes

Team records[edit]

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 99 2001–02
Most wins 45 2001–02
Most goals for 315 1998–99
Least goals for 163 2004–05
Least goals against 189 2002–03
Most goals against 314 2003–04
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Thomas Beauregard 71 2006–07
Most assists Mathieu Perreault 80 2007–08
Most points Thomas Beauregard 124 2006–07
Most points, rookie Patrice Bergeron 73 2002–03
Most points, defenseman Philippe Plante 80 1998–99
Most Penalty Minutes[5] Jonathan Tremblay 316 2003–04
Best GAA (goalie) Adam Russo 2.41 2002–03
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canadian Gold 2010, Andrew Podnieks, p. 152, Fenn Publishing, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-384-3
  2. ^ "Acadie-Bathurst Titan News Article". 
  3. ^ Titan website, Article on the Titan website.
  4. ^ Season-by-season on hockeydb.com
  5. ^ Elite Prospects, Top 100 Most Penalty Minutes in one season for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan..


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