Temiscaming Titans

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Temiscaming Titans
2014-15 GMHL season
Temiscaming Titans.jpg
City Temiscaming, Quebec, Canada
League Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League
Division Northern
Founded 2011
Home arena Le Centre de Temiscaming
Colours Beige, Blue, Black, and White
                   
Owner(s) Denis Lacourse, Luc Rossignol, Vincent Labranche, Pascal Labranche, and Nicolas Tourigny
General manager Vincent Labranche
Head coach Tyler Fines
Captain Ryder Murray
Media TVCTK, CKVM-FM
Website titanshockey.ca

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 Northern Division of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League (GMHL). The Titans play their home games at the 750 seat (1000 capacity) Le Centre de Temiscaming.

The team has had success, qualifying for the Russell Cup playoffs in all four seasons, winning two division titles, appeared in the Russell Cup Finals three times, and won the Russell Cup in 2015. The success has been reflected in attendance and has been one of the top teams in attendance in the GMHL.

History[edit]

The Temiscaming Titans were officially announced April 12, 2011.[1][2] 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 Temiscaming Titans played their first game on September 10, 2011, in Temiscaming, Quebec against the Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks. The Titans defeated the Lumberjacks 7-4 for their first ever win.

On October 20, 2011, Aaron Boyce recorded a 23 save shutout against the Elliot Lake Bobcats, the Titans first ever shutout in franchise history.

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[edit]

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.

First Russell Cup victory (2014-15)[edit]

The Titans started off the 2014-15 season with a 6-1-0 record in their first seven games, and went 16-6-0 over the next 22, resulting in a 22-7-0 record overall after the first 29 games. During the course of the year, then Head Coach Robert Miller was let go by the Titans. This resulted in Assistant Coaches Brandon Blanche and Chris Levesque acting as joint members to run the bench. It was then announced that Tyler Fines, formerly Coach of the Orangeville Americans, would be the new Head Coach of the Titans. The Titans would go 13-0-0 under Fines to finish out the regular season with a 35-5-1 record. The Titans clinched first place in the Northern Division.

The Titans headed into the 2015 Russell Cup playoffs against the rival Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks. After playing two games in Temiscaming, the Titans were up 2-0 in the series. By winning game three in Sturgeon Falls, the Titans advanced to the Conference Semi-final for the fourth straight year. They defeated the Rama Aces in three games to advance to the League Semi-final against the underdog Halton Ravens. The Titans took the first two games in Temiscaming to take a 2-0 lead in the series. However, going back down south to Halton, the Titans lost one and won one to bring it back to Temiscaming with a 3-1 series lead. Halton would stay alive once again with a shootout victory in Game five and six. Game seven was held in Temiscaming where a huge crowd was there to cheer on the home town Titan squad. The Titans would win the game 6-3 and secure a birth to the Russell Cup Finals for the third time in four years.

Temiscaming faced the Seguin Huskies in the Russell Cup Final. Game one was held in Seguin the night after the Titans battled out game 7 of the previous series. The Titans would get edged in overtime by the score of 1-0. Game two was held the very next night which seen the Titans play three games in three nights. This games would see both teams go into overtime once again. Overtime solved nothing, so to a shootout it was. The Titans three shooters were Ryder Murray, Joey Molfetta, and Marc-Antoine Arseneau all of them scored while Craig Wood stopped the third Huskies shooter to tie the series at 1-1. Game three of the Finals took place in Temiscaming, where the home team won 4-2 to take a 2-1 series lead. Game four of the Finals in Temiscaming drew a crowd of over 600 which sounded more like 800. The game was hard fought and tight right until the end. With just 33 seconds left in the third period, Curtis Warren gave the Titans a 3-2 lead. Craig Wood was then tested on the penalty shot with 15 seconds left. He made the stop of the series as the Titans won 5-4 and took a 3-1 series lead. Game 5 at Le Centre in Temiscaming drew a crowd close to 1000. The Titans won game five 3-2 to win the Russell Cup for the first time in franchise history.

Season-By-Season Standings[edit]

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.

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts Finish Playoffs
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 - 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)
2014–15 42 35 5 - 1 283 105 73 1st N Div
2nd GMHL
Won Division Quarter-final, 3-0 (Lumberjacks)
Won Conference Semi-final, 3-0 (Aces)
Won Semi-final, 4-3 (Ravens)
Won Russell Cup Final, 4-1 (Huskies)
Totals 168 142 19 0 6 1169 500 292 All-time series record 11–3

All-time playoff record versus opponents[edit]

This table is current following the 2014-15 season.

Team SP SW SL Pcnt GP W L Pcnt GF GA OT H AW
Bracebridge Phantoms 1 1 0 1.000 7 4 3 .571 39 29 1-0 4-0 0-3
Bradford Bulls 1 0 1 .000 4 0 4 .000 9 28 0-0 0-2 0-2
Bradford Rattlers 1 0 1 .000 6 2 4 .333 23 32 1-0 1-2 1-2
Halton Ravens 1 1 0 1.000 7 4 3 .571 32 23 1-2 3-1 1-2
Mattawa Voyageurs 1 1 0 1.000 3 3 0 1.000 33 8 0-0 2-0 1-0
Orangeville Americans 1 1 0 1.000 3 3 0 1.000 15 7 2-0 2-0 1-0
Powassan Eagles 2 2 0 1.000 6 6 0 1.000 47 11 0-0 4-0 2-0
Rama Aces 1 1 0 1.000 3 3 0 1.000 9 1 0-0 2-0 1-0
Seguin Huskies 1 1 0 1.000 5 4 1 .800 16 12 1-1 3-0 1-1
South Muskoka Shield 2 2 0 1.000 9 7 2 .777 46 34 3-1 4-1 3-1
Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks 2 1 1 .500 9 5 4 .333 61 32 1-0 3-2 2-2
Totals 14 11 3 .786 62 41 21 .661 330 217 10-4 25-9 13-13

Players and personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated March 28, 2015.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
98 Sweden Andreason, FilipFilip Andreason F L 21 2014 Stockholm, Sweden
96 Canada Arseneau, Marc-AntoineMarc-Antoine Arseneau F L 19 2014 Sorel-Tracy, Quebec
61 Sweden Britts, DanielDaniel Britts Injured Reserve F R 20 2014 Visby, Sweden
10 Canada Bédard, AnthonyAnthony Bédard F R 15 2014 Val d'Or, Quebec
21 Canada Case, BrandonBrandon Case (A) F R 21 2014 Wawa, Ontario
17 Norway Haugom-Mossin, MarkusMarkus Haugom-Mossin F R 21 2014 Oslo, Norway
60 Sweden Jacobsson, MartinMartin Jacobsson F L 21 2014 Visby, Sweden
85 Canada Jasmin, NicolasNicolas Jasmin (A) D L 20 2013 Saint-Rémi, Quebec
32 Sweden Jejdling, EdwardEdward Jejdling G L 20 2014 Växjö, Sweden
19 Sweden Knutsson, SebastianSebastian Knutsson F R 19 2014 Tranås
27 Canada Levesque, TysonTyson Levesque D L 19 2014 Spruce Grove, Alberta
12 Sweden Magnusson, AndreasAndreas Magnusson (A) F R 21 2013 Helsingborg, Sweden
47 United States Manochio, DominickDominick Manochio D L 21 2014 Stewartsville, New Jersey
1 United States Martin, JoshuaJoshua Martin G R 19 2014 St. Louis, Missouri
9 United States Molfetta, JoeyJoey Molfetta F R 21 2014 Bath, Pennsylvania
97 Canada Murray, DaytonDayton Murray D R 18 2013 Spruce Grove, Alberta
7 Canada Murray, RyderRyder Murray (C) F L 19 2012 Spruce Grove, Alberta
66 Sweden Nordkvist, AndreasAndreas Nordkvist F R 19 2014 Borlänge, Sweden
5 Canada Ross, MatthewMatthew Ross D R 21 2014 Kilworth, Ontario
22 Canada Sovinsky, ScottScott Sovinsky F L 19 2013 Témiscaming, Quebec
91 Sweden Tönseth, WilliamWilliam Tönseth D L 19 2014 Visby, Sweden
76 Canada Visitor, DannyDanny Visitor F L 21 2014 Chisasibi, Quebec
23 Canada Warren, CurtisCurtis Warren F L 22 2014 Barrie, Ontario
3 Scotland Willetts, ElliotElliot Willetts F R 21 2011 Dumfries
64 Sweden With, JohanJohan With D L 19 2014 Gothenburg, Sweden
34 Canada Wood, CraigCraig Wood G R 20 2014 London, Ontario

Honoured members[edit]

No. Player Position Career No. retirement
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

All-time players[edit]

Andre Leclair Richard Abbott Chris Levesque Chris Saganash
Justin Kohler Taylor Abbott Cody Labrecque Bryn Roberts
DJ Tahbazian Ravi Chand Robin Mendelsohn Ryan Adams
Matthew Chasse Samuel Costa Elliot Willetts Sim Dogra
Mario Chaput Kevin Boucher Ethan Strong Silas Neeposh
Drew Moffat Jimmy Happyjack Doug Bolger Ross Murray
Michael Codina-Lucia Aaron Boyce Shawn Coady Sylvester Trapper
Nicolas Filiatreault Maxime Rousseau Reilly Turner Brandon Hill
Nicolas Fournier Ryder Murray Justin Norris Francis Beauregard
Alex Dupuis Aled Roberts Brandon Case Max Deichstetter
Elijah Spoone Jonathan Goulet Alex Meagher Dani Medrano
Tyler Miller Cam Moffat Yoan Lacoursiere Tanner Miness
Dustin Roy Joshua Blacksmith Seth Fry Byron Katapaytuk
Simon Gaudet Marc-Alain Begin Ashton Haley Evgeni Minorov
Kyle Weatherall Mathieu Desterres Frank Santelli Synee Coonishish
Joel Ahlin Andreas Magnusson Lukas Maxell-Majkic Bryce Syrja
Jonathan D'Onofrio Corey Evelyn Kendall McAteer-Siera Travis Miller
Nicolas Jasmin Antony Beauchesne Jean-Phillip Bouchard Nikolai Firsov
Scott Sovinsky Christopher Neeposh Micah Nichols Brandon Scott
Evan Sutton Anthony Trozzo Casey Restoule Dustin Hummel
Wes Chambers Devan Turcotte Marc Audet Kyle Huhn
Dayton Murray Jonas Karlsson Henrik Rittblad Tyson Levesque
Sebastian Knutsson Scott Sirkka Martin Jacobsson Daniel Britts
Johan Withh Andreas Nordkvist Dan Morin William Tönseth
Marc-Antoine Arseneau Craig Wood Edward Jejdling Scott Pawson
Anthony Bédard Danny Visitor Brandon Petawabano Jake Ryan
Wade Orlowski Matthew Ross Dominick Manochio Joshua Martin
Markus Haugom-Mossin Filip Andreason Curtis Warren Joey Molfetta
For more details on this topic, see List of Temiscaming Titans players.

Team scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten point scorers in franchise history, after the 2014-15 season:

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game average;

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Richard Abbott F 105 90 114 204 1.94
Ryder Murray* F 117 68 131 199 1.70
Andre Leclair F 39 56 66 122 3.12
Robin Mendelsohn F 40 45 59 104 2.06
Justin Norris F 42 45 56 101 2.40
Cam Moffat F 68 53 44 97 1.43
Chris Levesque D 105 25 72 97 0.92
DJ Tahbazian F 49 35 61 96 1.96
Francis Beauregard F 37 43 48 91 2.45
Joel Ahlin F 40 41 44 85 2.13

* current Titans player

Totals contain only games played for Temiscaming.

Individual records[edit]

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 Andreas Nordkvist 53 2014–2015
Most penalty minutes in a season Nicolas Fournier 169 2012–2013
Most playoff games played Ryder Murray 48 2014–2015
Most goaltender wins in a season Craig Wood 19 2014–2015
Most shutouts in a season Jonathan D'Onofrio 5 2013–2014
Lowest G.A.A. in a season Craig Wood 1.84 2014–2015
Best save percentage in a season Craig Wood .945 2014–2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://gmhl.net/news/league-news/295-expansion-continues-gmhl-returns-to-temiscaming
  2. ^ http://www.baytoday.ca/content/sports/details.asp?c=41651

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