Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

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Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.svg
City Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
League Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Division Telus West
Founded 1933 (first installment)
1954 (second installment)
1975 (third installment)
Home arena Arena Iamgold
Colours Black, red, silver and white
                   
General manager Canada Gilles Bouchard
Head coach Canada Gilles Bouchard

Website
www.huskies.qc.ca
Franchise history
1933–72 Montreal Junior Canadiens
1954–56 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 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are a junior ice hockey team of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The team is based out of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. The team plays its home games at the Iamgold Arena (previously known as Dave Keon Arena). The Huskies finished first overall in the QMJHL, during the 2007–08 QMJHL season, winning the Jean Rougeau Trophy.

History[edit]

Logo from 1996-2006

The Rouyn-Noranda franchise started out as the Montreal Junior Canadiens. While in Montreal, the team won three Memorial Cups in 1950, 1969 and 1970. The team has since played in Verdun and Saint-Hyacinthe.

On April 25, 1996, Sylvain Danis and Dave Morin, then owners of the Saint-Hyacinthe Laser, decided to transfer the team to Rouyn-Noranda. Aware that the "National Capital of Copper" is a city which breathes hockey, they were confident that it was the best decision for the franchise. Former NHL Hall of Famers from the area include Dave Keon and Jacques Laperrière.

The Huskies name was chosen to represent the tough and determined nature of the local citizens and mining community. The team is currently owned entirely by local interests and all the decisions of the sixteen shareholders are made in the interest of the team and the city which it represents.

Since 1996, the Huskies have won two regular season division titles, in 1998 and 2005. Rouyn-Norand finished first overall in the QMJHL in 2007–08, winning its first Jean Rougeau Trophy, posting 97 points in the regular season. The team is still in search of its first President's Cup since relocating to Rouyn-Noranda.

Awards[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

Yearly results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Goaltender Mickael Audette, wearing the jersey as of September 2010

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1996–97 70 16 49 5 - - 37 0.264 174 324 7th Lebel
1997–98 70 43 23 4 - - 90 0.643 338 245 1st Lebel
1998–99 70 36 23 11 - - 83 0.593 314 261 2nd Lebel
1999–2000 72 33 33 4 2 - 72 0.486 272 288 2nd West
2000–01 72 43 22 5 2 - 93 0.632 318 251 2nd West
2001–02 72 26 36 6 4 - 62 0.403 232 281 3rd West
2002–03 72 31 33 0 8 - 70 0.431 268 273 4th West
2003–04 70 30 27 9 4 - 73 0.493 260 265 3rd West
2004–05 70 31 23 11 5 - 78 0.521 266 244 1st West
2005–06 70 43 22 - 2 3 91 0.614 305 259 3rd West
2006–07 70 36 27 - 3 4 79 0.564 265 266 6th Telus
2007–08 70 47 20 - 2 1 97 0.693 294 238 1st Telus
2008–09 68 30 30 - 5 3 68 0.441 210 245 3rd West
2009–10 68 41 21 - 2 4 88 0.603 256 205 1st West
2010–11 68 12 50 - 4 2 30 0.221 151 339 6th West

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1996–1997 Out of playoffs.
  • 1997–1998 Lost to Hull Olympiques 4 games to 2 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1998–1999 Earned bye through division quarter-finals.
    Defeated Sherbrooke Castors 4 games to 3 in division semi-finals.
    Lost to Hull Olympiques 4 games to 0 in division finals.
  • 1999–2000 Defeated Sherbrooke Castors 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Hull Olympiques 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2000–2001 Defeated Hull Olympiques 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Shawinigan Cataractes 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2001–2002 Lost to Victoriaville Tigres 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2002–2003 Lost to Hull Olympiques 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2003–2004 Defeated Lewiston MAINEiacs 4 games to 3 in 1/8 finals.
    Lost to Gatineau Olympiques 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
  • 2004–2005 Earned bye through 1/8 finals.
    Defeated Moncton Wildcats 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Halifax Mooseheads 4 games to 0 semi-finals.
  • 2005–2006 Lost to Shawinigan Cataractes 4 games to 1 in 1/8 finals.
  • 2006–2007 Defeated Gatineau Olympiques 4 games to 1 in 1/8 finals.
    Defeated Drummondville Voltigeurs 4 games to 3 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Lewiston MAINEiacs 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
  • 2007–2008 Defeated Val-d'Or Foreurs 4 games to 0 in preliminary round.
    Defeated Rimouski Océanic 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Saint John Sea Dogs 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
    Lost to Gatineau Olympiques 4 games to 1 in QMJHL Finals.
  • 2008–2009 Lost to Montreal Junior 4 games to 2 in preliminary round.
  • 2009–2010 Defeated Val-d'Or Foreurs 4 games to 2 in preliminary round. Lost to Moncton Wildcats 4 games to 1 in second round.
  • 2010–2011 Out of playoffs.
  • 2011–2012 Lost to Shawinigan Cataractes 4 games to 0 in preliminary round.
  • 2012–2013 Defeated Drummondville Voltigeurs 4 games to 1 in preliminary round. Defeated Québec Remparts 4 games to 1 in second round. Lost to the Halifax Mooseheads 4 games to 0 in third round.

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