Lewiston Maineiacs

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Lewiston MAINEiacs
Lewiston Maineiacs.svg
City Lewiston, Maine
League Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Conference Telus
Division Central
Operated 2003 to 2011
Home arena Androscoggin Bank Colisée
Colors Black, blue and orange
              
Franchise history
1969–73 Trois-Rivières Ducs
1973–92 Trois-Rivières Draveurs
1992–98 Sherbrooke Faucons
1998–2003 Sherbrooke Castors
2003–2011 Lewiston MAINEiacs

The Lewiston MAINEiacs were a junior ice hockey team of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League based in Lewiston, Maine. The team played its home games at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée. They were the second QMJHL team in the United States, and the only one to play a full season. They won the President's Cup in 2007.

On Tuesday May 31, 2011, the QMJHL decided to fold the team following eight years of losing money.

History[edit]

Their franchise was granted for the 1969–70 season. They played in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, from 1969 to 1992. They were known as the Ducs from 1969 to 1973, and as the Draveurs from 1973 to 1992. They moved to Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1992 to become the Faucons (1992–1998) and the Castors (1998–2003). The Castors moved to Lewiston, Maine, in 2003.

The MAINEiacs clinched the Jean Rougeau Trophy for first overall in the regular season for 2006–07. During the same season, Lewiston increased its annual attendance totals to 94,903 tickets sold. [1] In the playoffs that year, Lewiston went 16–1 to cruise to their first President's Cup.

2007 Memorial Cup[edit]

After winning the 2007 President's Cup, the MAINEiacs won eligibility to play in the 2007 Memorial Cup in Vancouver, British Columbia. Following an opening win over the Medicine Hat Tigers, the MAINEiacs suffered a huge loss with the injury of their captain, Marc-André Cliche, and never really found their scoring touch. They crashed out of the tournament in fourth place after losing consecutive games to the Vancouver Giants, Plymouth Whalers, and the Whalers again in the tie-breaker, scoring only three goals in three games in the process.

Scores

Sale and aborted relocation[edit]

On January 25, 2009, it was announced that the MAINEiacs were negotiating with the city of Boisbriand, Quebec (a suburb of Montreal), in hopes of relocating the franchise for the 2009–10 season.[1] Under the plan, Mark Just would remain majority owner with 51% of the shares, with former NHL defenseman Joel Bouchard owning the rest. On January 31, the team announced that they had filed their intent to relocate, and had submitted papers to do so to the QMJHL.

In a January 31 media release announcing the move of the MAINEiacs franchise, owner Mark Just said that community support for the team was a major consideration. During the six seasons since the team moved from Sherbrooke, Quebec, to Lewiston, the MAINEiacs never managed to break even. However, on February 2, Farrel Miller, owner of the QMJHL's Montreal Junior Hockey Club, issued a statement that his team would fight the MAINEiacs move to Boisbriand on territorial grounds.

The Montreal Junior Hockey Club has communicated to the QMJHL that it will retain, without modification, its exclusive geographic territory that it acquired in connection with its 2008 Franchise Agreement with the QMJHL. On January 21, 2009, the Montreal Junior Hockey Club communicated to the Governors of the QMJHL that (i) it has chosen to retain its exclusive territory without modification and (ii) that it is not seeking any financial compensation in connection with this issue.

After several weeks of negotiations with a number of Canadian cities (most notably Fredericton, New Brunswick[2]), MAINEiacs Head Coach Don Macadam announced on March 24, 2009, that the MAINEiacs would be remaining in Lewiston. In June 2010, Lewiston businessman Paul Spellman became minority owner of the team, and in early August 2010, former Moncton Wildcats General Manager Bill Schurman was named as the team's Sports Management Consultant. However, relocation rumors continued to follow the team, with Summerside, Prince Edward Island (where Schurman, a native of that town, had recently been the municipality's Director of Community Services), and St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, named as a potential destinations in January 2011.

Schurman's denials of the team looking into a Summerside relocation proved unconvincing, and the rumours had a negative effect on attendance. However, Schurman's dream of moving the MAINEiacs to his home city ultimately failed, as a preliminary exploration to gauge support for a move to Summerside found little traction. The team then began to look at other possibilities, but found that few other relocation options existed.

The Lewiston franchise was disbanded by the QMJHL in the summer of 2011. To replace the defunct MAINEiacs club, the Sherbrooke Phoenix is scheduled to begin play for the 2012–13 season. It will be the 3rd franchise to call Sherbrooke home in the last 25 years.

Takeover by league and disbanding[edit]

On May 31, 2011, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League held a conference call to prepare an offer to purchase the team from Mark Just for 3.5 million dollars. Under the league's plan, the MAINEiacs would then be disbanded, with players being selected by other clubs in a dispersal draft. Late on May 31, the league issued a press release confirming the sale of the MAINEiacs to the league, and the subsequent disbanding / dispersal draft occurred the following week. While Androscoggin Bank Colisee owners have stated that they are searching for a replacement team from outside of the QMJHL to take the MAINEiacs place, they have as yet been unable to do so.[3] The City of Lewiston and the Androscoggin Bank Colisee would end up getting the American Hockey League's Portland Pirates to move to the Colisee after a Lawsuit and Breakdown in discussions of their lease with the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland.

Coaches[edit]

Players[edit]

QMJHL award winners[edit]

All-stars[edit]

Captains[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

Eight MAINEiacs to date have played in the NHL:

NHL draftees[edit]

In addition, the MAINEiacs have had several players drafted by National Hockey League teams. They are:

2004 NHL Draft
2005 NHL Draft
2006 NHL Draft
2007 NHL Draft
2008 NHL Draft
2009 NHL Draft
2010 NHL Draft

Yearly results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
2003–04 70 33 31 5 1 - 72 0.507 233 215 3rd East
2004–05 70 32 30 8 0 - 72 0.514 214 209 4th East
2005–06 70 36 23 - 3 8 83 0.581 240 207 4th East
2006–07 70 50 14 - 2 4 106 0.714 282 196 1st East
2007–08 70 37 26 - 0 5 81 0.579 222 212 5th East
2008–09 68 22 43 - 1 2 47 0.324 190 286 4th Central
2009–10 68 26 42 - 0 0 49 0.382 212 298 4th Central

Playoffs[edit]

Team records[edit]

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 106 2006–07
Most wins 50 2006–07
Most goals for 282 2006–07
Least goals for 190 2008–09
Least goals against 196 2006–07
Most goals against 298 2009–10
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Etienne Brodeur 53 2010–11
Most assists Mathieu Aubin 56 2005–06
Most points Mathieu Aubin 103 2005–06
Most points, rookie David Perron 83 2006–07
Most points, defenseman Jonathan Paiement and Chad Denny 65 2003–04; 2006–07
Best GAA (goalie) Jonathan Bernier 2.58 2006–07
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played
Individual player records—career
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Stefano Giliati and Mathieu Aubin 85
Most assists Jonathan Paiement 136 2004–06
Most points Stefano Giliati 193 2006–08
Most penalty minutes Danick Paquette 555 2006–09
Most games played Marc-André Daneau 265 2005–08

References[edit]

  1. ^ MAINEiacs likely to leave town, Sun Journal, January 25, 2009.
  2. ^ MAINEiacs Study Move To Fredericton, WMTW, March 3, 2009.
  3. ^ League Acquires MAINEiacs, Lewiston MAINEiacs press release, May 31, 2011

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