Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge

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Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge
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City Montreal, Quebec
League Q.M.J.H.L.
Operated 1972 (1972) to 1975
Home arena Montreal Forum
Colours Red, White and Blue
Franchise history
1933-72 Montreal Junior Canadiens
1972-75 Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge
1975-82 Montreal Juniors
1982-84 Verdun Juniors
1984-89 Verdun Junior Canadiens
1989-96 Saint-Hyacinthe Laser
1996-Present Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

The Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge (Blue, White and Red in English) were a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 1972 to 1975. They played at the Montreal Forum.

History[edit]

The Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge were the result of several years of disputes between the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). In 1972 the QMJHL threatened a lawsuit to force the Montreal Junior Canadiens to return to the Quebec-based league, after departing in 1961 for the OHA.

Over the summer of 1972, the Junior Canadiens ownership were granted "one-year suspension" of operations by the OHA. The QMJHL then allowed team ownership to transfer the team and its players into the QMJHL for the 1972-73 season. To avoid litigation from the OHA by using the Junior Canadiens name, the team was renamed Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge. Neither the team nor any of its players would return to the OHA, while the "suspended" franchise was reactivated by the OHA for the 1973-74 season as the Kingston Canadians.

The Bleu Blanc Rouge played for three seasons in the shadow of the Montreal Canadiens, before being renamed Montreal Juniors.

Players[edit]

Norm Dupont is the all-time points leader for the Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge. He played 142 games, scoring 139 goals and 144 assists, totalling 283 points. Jean-Luc Phaneuf is a close 2nd place. In 187 games he scored 104 goals and 172 assists for 276 points, but was deemed to be too small to play in the NHL. Nonetheless, the Bleu Blanc Rouge graduated 16 players to the NHL in only 3 years of play.

Award winners[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

Yearly results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Pct % Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1972-73 64 26 35 3 55 0.430 297 319 7th QMJHL
1973-74 70 43 24 3 89 0.636 443 320 2nd West
1974-75 72 40 25 7 87 0.604 462 338 2nd West

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1972-1973 Lost to Cornwall Royals 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
  • 1973-1974 Defeated Sherbrooke Castors 4 games to 1 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Sorel Eperviers 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
  • 1974-1975 Defeated Cornwall Royals 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Laval National 4 games to 1 in semi-finals.