Sherbrooke Phoenix

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Sherbrooke Phoenix
Sherbrooke Phoenix logo.svg
City Sherbrooke, Québec
League Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Conference Telus
Division Telus West
Founded 2012 (2012)–13
Home arena Palais des Sports Léopold-Drolet
Colours Navy blue, baby blue, and beige
              
General manager Canada Patrick Charbonneau
Head coach Canada Judes Vallée

Website
http://www.hockeyphoenix.ca/

The Sherbrooke Phoenix is a major junior ice hockey team based in Sherbrooke, Quebec, that plays in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The team plays its home games at the Palais des Sports.

Franchise history[edit]

The franchise was granted as a replacement for the Lewiston Maineiacs, which folded at the end of the 2010–11 QMJHL season.[1] 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. Ironically enough, the dissolved Maineiacs franchise were the Sherbrooke Castors prior to relocating to Lewiston, Maine prior to the start of the 2003–04 QMJHL season. The Phoenix marks the city's third attempt at a QMJHL franchise. On May 22, 2012, the Phoenix named former Champlain College Cougars head coach Judes Vallée the franchise's first head coach.[2]

The inaugural season[edit]

The Phoenix made their inaugural draft selection in the QMJHL Bantam Draft, selecting Daniel Audette with the franchise's first ever draft pick. Audette is the son of former Buffalo Sabres forward Donald Audette. The Phoenix filled out their roster in an expansion draft. The Phoenix played the franchise's inaugural game against the Victoriaville Tigres on September 7, 2012, defeating the Tigres 4-2 in Victoriaville. Jeremie Beaudry scored the franchise's first regular season goal, while Daniel Audette recorded the first regular season assist. Beaudry's stay in Sherbrooke was however short lived as he was traded to the Quebec Remparts three months later. On January 13, 2013, the Phoenix recorded the franchise's first ever shutout against the two time league champion Saint John Sea Dogs. The Phoenix finished their inaugural season with a 21-38-3-6 record, which was good enough for 15th place in the QMJHL, which allowed them to make the playoffs for the first time. The excitement, however was short-lived as the team was swept out in the first round by the second seeded Baie-Comeau Drakkar, being outscored 27-7 in the series. Michael McNamee scored the Phoenix franchise's first ever playoff goal, while Brandon Lesway and Denis Kamaev recorded the first playoff assists in franchise history.

Current Roster[edit]

Number Player Position Birth year Hometown NHL team
3 Jean-Philippe Lebrasseur D 1994 Sept-Îles, Quebec Canada Eligible 2013
5 Mathieu Laverdure D 1994 St-Charles-Borromée, Quebec Canada Undrafted 2012
7 Vladislav Lysenko D 1995 Kiev, Ukraine Ukraine Eligible 2013
12 Michael McNamee C 1992 Perth, Ontario Canada Undrafted 2011
13 Dominic Talbot-Tassi D 1994 Laval, Quebec Canada Eligible 2013
14 Brandon Lesway RW 1994 Ottawa, Ontario Canada Undrafted 2012
15 Jonathan Deschamps D 1996 Trois-Rivières, Quebec Canada Eligible 2014
18 William Couture LW 1995 Sherbrooke, Quebec Canada Eligible 2013
23 Alexandre Sills C 1995 Willich, Germany Germany Eligible 2013
24 Simon Desbiens LW 1995 Clermont, Quebec[disambiguation needed] Canada Eligible 2013
26 Alexandre Comtois RW 1992 Sherbrooke, Quebec Canada Undrafted 2011
28 Daniel Audette C 1996 Buffalo, New York United States Eligible 2014
31 Jack Flinn G 1995 Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada Eligible 2013
32 Carl Neill D 1996 Lachute, Quebec Canada Eligible 2014
47 Alexis Bernier D 1992 Longueuil, Quebec Canada Undrafted 2010
50 Jacob Gervais-Chouinard G 1992 Longueuil, Quebec Canada Undrafted 2010
71 Vincent Deslauriers RW 1996 Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec Canada Eligible 2014
72 Alex Hazelhurst C 1994 Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada Undrafted 2012
78 Samuel Landry RW 1994 Trois-Rivières, Quebec Canada Eligible 2013
93 Jean-Christophe Laflamme LW 1993 Montmagny, Quebec Canada Undrafted 2011
94 Denis Kamaev LW 1994 Moscow, Russia Russia Undrafted 2012

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