Gatineau Olympiques

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Gatineau Olympiques
Gatineau Olympiques logo.svg
City Gatineau, Quebec
League Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Conference Telus
Division Telus West
Founded 1969
Home arena Robert Guertin Centre
Colours Black, white and silver
              
General manager Benoit Groulx
Head coach Benoit Groulx
Championships 1997 Memorial Cup Champions

Website
http://www.olympiquesdegatineau.ca
Franchise history
1969–70 Hull Hawks
1970–76 Hull Festivals
1976–2003 Hull Olympiques
2003–present Gatineau Olympiques

The Gatineau Olympiques are a major junior ice hockey team based in Gatineau, Quebec, that plays in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The Olympiques play home games at the Robert Guertin Centre. The club, then known as the Hull Festivals, was granted membership in the QMJHL in 1973. The Olympiques have appeared in the Memorial Cup seven times, winning once in 1997. Over eighty former players and coaches have gone on to play or coach in the National Hockey League (NHL), including Martin Biron, Ales Hemsky, Luc Robitaille, Jeremy Roenick, Michael Ryder, Maxime Talbot, José Théodore, Colin White, Claude Giroux, David Krejčí, Jack Adams-winning head coaches Alain Vigneault and Pat Burns, and 2011 Stanley Cup-winning coach Claude Julien.

History[edit]

Hull Olympiques logo
Original Gatineau Olympiques logo

Before joining the "Q", the team was a member of the Central Junior A Hockey League, known originally as the Hull Castors but later as the Hull Hawks. Originally Hull and the CJHL were eligible to compete for the Memorial Cup, the Major Junior crown, but were relegated to Tier II Junior "A" in 1970. Three seasons before joining the QMJHL in 1973 they became the Hull Festivals, and in 1976, they became the Hull Olympiques; the team name was changed to the Gatineau Olympiques one year after the city of Hull was amalgamated into Gatineau in 2002.

The Olympiques share a junior hockey market with the Ottawa 67's, across the Ottawa River. Pre-season games between the two teams were a regular occurrence from 1975 to 1986.[1] The teams have played interleague regular-season home and home games in the 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2009–10 seasons since.[2]

The Olympiques have won the President's Cup seven times, most recently in 2007–08. The team has been to four Memorial Cup finals, losing three (1986, 2003 and 2004) and winning the 1997 Memorial Cup, which they also hosted.

On May 31, 2010, it was announced that former Olympiques coach Benoit Groulx, who had left the organization to coach the Rochester Americans would be returning to be the General Manager and Head Coach.[3]

Beginning in the 2011–12 season, the Olympiques returned to their old colours of black, silver and white. [4]

Championships[edit]

Jean Rougeau Trophy – Regular season champions

  • 1985–86 (108 pts), 1987–88 (90 pts), 1996–97 (99 pts), 2003–04 (107 pts)

Division titles – Regular season champions

  • 1985–86 (108 pts), 1987–88 (90 pts), 1996–97 (99 pts), 1999–2000 (90 pts), 2001–02 (75 pts), 2003–04 (107 pts)

Season-by-season record[edit]

  • Hull Hawks (1969–1970)
  • Hull Festivals (1970–1976)[5]
  • Hull Olympiques (1976–2003)[6]
  • Gatineau Olympiques (2003–present)[7]

Regular season[edit]

Complete results before 1969 unavailable.

OL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss, Pct = Winning percentage
Season Games Won Lost Tied OL SL Points Pct Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1969–70 40 8 24 8 - - 24 0.300 149 199 5th, CJAHL
1970–71 48 21 20 7 - - 49 0.510 255 238 3rd, CJAHL
1971–72 48 16 31 1 - - 33 0.344 178 269 5th, CJAHL
1972–73 55 7 45 3 - - 17 0.155 192 338 6th, CJAHL
1973–74 70 14 55 1 - - 29 0.207 226 405 6th, West
1974–75 72 34 32 6 - - 74 0.514 386 369 4th, West
1975–76 72 30 35 7 - - 67 0.465 312 318 4th, West
1976–77 72 26 37 9 - - 61 0.424 283 333 5th, Lebel
1977–78 72 34 34 4 - - 72 0.500 357 397 5th, Lebel
1978–79 72 10 55 7 - - 27 0.188 262 491 5th, Lebel
1979–80 72 25 35 12 - - 62 0.431 336 378 3rd, Lebel
1980–81 72 23 46 3 - - 49 0.340 262 353 4th, Lebel
1981–82 64 41 21 2 - - 84 0.656 343 260 2nd, QMJHL
1982–83 70 30 40 0 - - 60 0.429 393 406 5th, Lebel
1983–84 70 25 45 0 - - 50 0.357 301 411 6th, Lebel
1984–85 68 33 34 1 - - 71 0.493 347 352 2nd, Lebel
1985–86 72 54 18 0 - - 108 0.750 423 262 1st, Lebel
1986–87 70 26 39 5 - - 57 0.407 286 323 4th, Lebel
1987–88 70 43 23 4 - - 90 0.643 380 394 1st, Lebel
1988–89 70 40 25 5 - - 85 0.607 329 264 3rd, QMJHL
1989–90 70 36 29 5 - - 77 0.550 306 282 6th, QMJHL
1990–91 70 36 27 7 - - 79 0.564 263 235 2nd, Lebel
1991–92 70 41 24 5 - - 87 0.621 331 259 2nd, Lebel
1992–93 70 40 28 2 - - 82 0.586 296 268 2nd, Lebel
1993–94 72 38 31 3 - - 79 0.549 310 304 3rd, Lebel
1994–95 72 42 28 2 - - 86 0.597 340 274 2nd, Lebel
1995–96 70 52 16 2 - - 106 0.757 347 246 2nd, Lebel
1996–97 70 48 19 3 - - 99 0.707 346 205 1st, Lebel
1997–98 70 32 37 1 - - 65 0.464 270 268 6th, Lebel
1998–99 70 23 38 9 - - 55 0.393 276 298 6th, Lebel
1999–2000 72 42 24 6 0 - 90 0.625 339 256 1st, West
2000–01 72 34 28 7 3 - 78 0.542 288 284 3rd, West
2001–02 72 33 30 3 6 - 75 0.521 230 253 1st, West
2002–03 72 39 27 4 2 - 84 0.583 266 222 2nd, West
2003–04 70 50 13 7 0 - 107 0.764 306 179 1st, Western
2004–05 70 33 28 5 4 - 75 0.536 216 237 3rd, Western
2005–06 70 40 23 - 4 3 87 0.621 261 215 4th, Western
2006–07 70 39 27 - 2 2 82 0.586 303 274 3rd, Telus
2007–08 70 43 19 - 6 2 93 0.664 272 209 3rd, Telus
2008–09 68 38 25 - 2 3 81 0.559 232 232 1st, Western
2009–10 68 30 33 - 1 4 65 0.441 213 217 3rd, Telus West
2010–11 68 43 17 - 3 5 94 0.691 243 193 3rd, Telus West
2011–12 68 26 32 - 5 5 62 0.456 223 274 4th, Telus West
2012–13 68 29 34 - 1 4 63 0.463 220 265 5th, Telus West
2013–14 68 41 23 - 1 3 86 0.632 254 218 4th, Telus West

Team records[edit]

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 108 1985–86
Most wins 54 1985–86
Most goals for 423 1985–86
Least goals for 213 2009–10
Least goals against 179 2003–04
Most goals against 491 1978–79
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Guy Rouleau 91 1985–86
Most assists Luc Robitaille 123 1985–86
Most points Guy Rouleau and Luc Robitaille 191 1985–86
Most points, rookie Martin Gélinas 131 1987–88
Most points, defenseman Jiří Fischer 78 1998–99
Best GAA (goalie) Gabriel Bouthillette 2.20 2003–04
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

NHL alumni[edit]

Lists of National Hockey League alumni. No player from the "Hull Castors" or "Hull Hawks" went on the play in the NHL.

Hull Festivals (1970–1976) source
Hull Olympiques (1976–2003) source
Gatineau Olympiques (since 2003) sourcesource

Retired numbers[edit]

Banners of honoured alumni.

Five Olympiques players have had their numbers retired by the team. Former coach Pat Burns has also been honoured.

References[edit]

External links[edit]