|2014-15 GMHL season|
|City||Temiscaming, Quebec, Canada|
|League||Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League|
|Home arena||Le Centre de Temiscaming|
|Colours||Blue, Black, and White
|General manager||Vincent Labranche|
|Head coach||Vincent Labranche (Interim)|
The Temiscaming Titans (French: Les Titans de Témiscaming) are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Témiscaming, Quebec, Canada. They are members of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League. The Titans play their home games at the 750 seat (900 capacity) Le Centre de Temiscaming.
- 1 History
- 2 Season-By-Season Standings
- 3 Players and personnel
- 4 References
- 5 External links
The Temiscaming Titans were officially announced April 12, 2011. The Titans are the only Quebec-based team in the GMHL, but the third in their history after the Temiscaming Royals (2007–2008) and the Ville-Marie Dragons (2008–2009).
The Titans were undefeated in regulation in their first twenty games of the season. Their first loss came on November 25, 2011, 8-1, at the hands of the Elliot Lake Bobcats, largely in part to the Bobcats great defensive skills, and Pavlo Borko and is 19 save shutout performance.
On February 16, 2012, the Titans officially unveiled their banner for the 2011-2012 GMHL Regular Season Champions. Also on the night forwards #88 Andre Leclair and #89 Robin Mendelsohn were honoured as their number banner was hung up into the rafters in front of a crowd of over 400. The Titans would go on to take the game 4-1 over the Elliot Lake Bobcats.
In the 2011-2012 GMHL playoffs, the Temiscaming Titans made it to the GMHL Russell Cup Final Series against the Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks. Games 1 and 2 were held in Temiscaming which drew crowds of over 500 per game. Game 5 went back to Temiscaming where it drew a crowd of over 700 people. The Titans would fall to the Lumberjacks in 6 games.
2012-13: Trip to the Russell Cup finals
As the 2012-2013 season began, many were wondering what season two of the Titans would bring. Opening night was held on September 7, 2012 which drew a crowd of over 550, the Titans would win 8-1 against the Shelburne Red Wings. During the course of the season the Titans would post a 14 game win streak. In January, 2013 the Titans acquired Ashton Haley and Evgeni Mironov which would help them in their long playoff run. The Titans would post a 35-6-0-1 record during the regular season.
The team finished as the first place in the North Division, drawing a first round playoff matchup against the Mattawa Voyageurs. Temiscaming would end up sweeping the Voyageurs, outscoring them 33-8.
The second round would see the Titans facing the rival Powassan Eagles. Game 1 was held in Temiscaming where 234 penalty minutes was given with the teams combined, with the Titans winning 7-1. They would go on to sweep the Eagles in three games, pushing their playoff record to 6-0. It was a hard fought, penalty filled series. In three games, the teams were combined for 329 penalty minutes. There were 17 game misconducts, 10 fighting majors, and 14 major penaltys.
They would then go on to face the Bracebridge Phantoms in the North Division Final. This series was good fast hockey. The Titans would take Games 1 and 2 with a 6-5, and 7-4 win. However, going to Bracebridge for Games 3 and 4 the Phantoms would take home ice as an advantage and win two straight to tie the series. Game 5 seen the Titans come out strong and win 8-2. The Phantoms weren't done as they beat the Titans 5-3 to stay alive. Game 7 in Temiscaming was loud, the fans played the 7th man role and helped the Titans cruise to a 9-1 victory to secure a berth in the Russell Cup Finals.
The 2013 Russell Cup Finals included the Titans and the undefeated Bradford Rattlers. Game 1 on March 21, 2013 in Bradford which was a mixed emotion game. The Titans were trailing behind for most of the game, until they hit the halfway mark of the third period. Temiscaming bursted with three goals in the last 10 minutes to tie the game and force overtime. In overtime, the Titans were shorthanded when Ryan Adams intercepted a pass at his own blue line and was sent on a breakaway and beat Rattlers' netminder Jonathan LoParco to give the Titans a 1-0 series lead. Not only did they have the series lead, they were the first team to beat the Rattlers (52-0-0-0) through the regular season and playoffs. Bradford would win games 2 and 3, with Temiscaming taking game 4 to tie the series 2-2. Ultimately, Temiscaming lost the series in 6 games.
|Russell Cup Champions||Season Champions||Division Champions||League Leader|
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against.
|2011–12||42||38||3||-||1||273||120||77||1st GMHL||Won Quarter-final, 3-0 (Americans)
Won Semi-final, 4-0 (Shield)
Lost Russell Cup Final, 2–4 (Lumberjacks)
|2012–13||42||35||6||0||1||315||156||71||2nd GMHL||Won Division Quarter-final, 3-0 (Voyageurs)
Won Division Semi-final, 3-0 (Eagles)
Won Division Final, 4-3 (Phantoms)
Lost Russell Cup Final, 2–4 (Rattlers)
|2013–14||42||34||5||-||3||298||119||71||2nd GMHL||Won Division Quarter-final, 3-0 (Eagles)
Won Division Semi-final, 3-2 (Shield)
Lost Crossover Semi-final, 0-4 (Bulls)
|Totals||126||107||14||0||5||786||395||—||—||All-time series record 7–3|
All-time playoff record versus opponents
This table is current following the 2013-14 season.
|South Muskoka Shield||2||2||0||1.000||9||7||2||.777||46||34||3-1||4-1||3-1|
|Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks||1||0||1||.000||6||2||4||.333||24||30||1-0||1-2||1-2|
Players and personnel
Updated October 20, 2014.
|2||Richard Abbott||F||2011-2014||February 16, 2014|
|71||Chris Levesque||D||2011-2014||February 16, 2014|
|88||Andre Leclair||F||2011-2012||February 16, 2012|
|89||Robin Mendelsohn||F||2011-2012||February 16, 2012|
Team scoring leaders
These are the top-ten point scorers in franchise history, after the 2013-14 season:
Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game average;
* current Titans player
Totals contain only games played for Temiscaming.
|Franchise record||Name of player||Statistic||Year(s)|
|Most goals in a season||Andre Leclair||56||2011–2012|
|Most assists in a season||Andre Leclair||66||2011–2012|
|Most points in a season||Andre Leclair||122||2011–2012|
|Most points in a season, defenceman||Nicolas Fournier||50||2012–2013|
|Most penalty minutes in a season||Nicolas Fournier||169||2012–2013|
|Most playoff games played||Richard Abbott||39||2012–2013|
|Most goaltender wins in a season||Reilly Turner||17||2011–2012|
|Most shutouts in a season||Jonathan D'Onofrio||5||2013–2014|
|Lowest G.A.A. in a season||Jonathan D'Onofrio||.183||2013–2014|
|Best save percentage in a season||Jonathan D'Onofrio||.933||2013–2014|