Acadie–Bathurst Titan

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Acadie–Bathurst Titan
Logo Titan d'Acadie Bathurst 2014.png
City Bathurst, New Brunswick
League Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Division Maritimes
Founded 1969
Home arena K. C. Irving Regional Centre
Colours Red, gold, and white
              
General manager Sylvain Couturier
Head coach Mario Pouliot
Captain Guillaume Brisebois
Alternates captains:
Mark Trickett
Mark Simpson

Website
www.letitan.com
Franchise history
1969–1971 Rosemont National
1971–1979 Laval National
1979–1985 Laval Voisins
1985–1994 Laval Titan
1994–1998 Laval Titan Collège Français
1998–present Acadie–Bathurst Titan

The Acadie–Bathurst Titan is a major junior ice hockey team based in Bathurst, New Brunswick. They are members of the Telus Maritimes Division in the Telus Conference of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The team plays its home games at the K. C. Irving Regional Centre.

History[edit]

The franchise was granted in 1969–70 as the Rosemont National. In 1971, they moved from Rosemont to Laval to become the Laval National, and later the Laval Voisins. In 1985, they became the Laval Titan, and in 1994, they became the Laval Titan Collège Français following a merger with the Verdun Collège Français, and then in 1998, they moved to Bathurst. The "Acadie" term in the team name refers to the city's surroundings, where the Acadian population is a majority.

The franchise has won five President's Cups, one of which (in 1999) came during the team's tenure in Bathurst. In the Memorial Cup that year, the team finished winless in the round-robin. The most famous player that has come through the organization would undoubtedly be Mario Lemieux, who was drafted in 1984 by the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Lemieux played for the team during its tenure in Laval. Other famous franchise alumni include Mike Bossy, Gino Odjick and Vincent Damphousse. Notable NHL alumni from Bathurst include Patrice Bergeron, François Beauchemin, Bruno Gervais and Roberto Luongo.

In the 1999–2000 season, the Titan had the first female to be drafted by a QMJHL team, Charline Labonté, a 17-year-old Quebec goaltender who spent parts of two seasons with the team.[1]

Relocation speculation[edit]

On February 7, 2009, amid much speculation, the Titan franchise was given a 30-day relocation application extension by the QMJHL Board of Governors. With the club continuing to struggle with attendance and the recent struggles of the economy in the area, the team was rumored to be on the move if things did not turn around in the foreseeable future. The team's owner, Léo-Guy Morrissette, entertained offers from a group of local investors in the Bathurst area, as well as a group from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Morrissette eventually decided to sell the team to his daughter Annie Morrissette-Hébert and his son Stéphane Morrissette, who would each own 50 per cent of the club. The move also ensured the team would remain in Bathurst for the 2009–10 season.

At the end of the 2009–10 season, Léo-Guy Morrissette bought back control of the team from his children at their request. He then retained ownership of the team through to April 2013, but after the Titan were eliminated in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, and with multiple years of consistently-low attendance records, Morrissette began contemplating selling the team. Local investors approached Morrissette about purchasing the Titan to keep them in Bathurst. Morrissette, in part pressured by low attendance figures and personal health issues, opted to sell the club to a group of local investors including steel industry businessman Leopold Theriault, Darrel Stohart and current NHL player Sean Couturier, as well as former Titan alumni and current NHLers Patrice Bergeron, Roberto Luongo, Bruno Gervais and Mathieu Perreault; the investors would all be part of a new 28+ member group led by Theriault. At the time of the sale, the team was reported to be worth just over $3 million.[2]


Current roster[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Number Player Date of birth Position Shoots Place of birth
8 Russia Egor Popov 1997-02-16 RW Right Tyumen, Russia
9 Canada Andrew Ryan 1994-01-15 LW Left St. John's, NL
11 Canada Christophe Boivin 1996-02-13 LW Left Québec, QC
14 Canada Raphaël Corriveau 1994-05-12 RW Right Lévis, QC
16 Canada Jordan Maher 1998-03-11 C Right Gander, NL
18 Canada Campbell Pickard 1997-06-26 LW Left Halifax, NS
20 Canada Aaron Kerr 1996-10-07 C Left Timmins, ON
23 Canada Jimmy Huntington 1998-11-18 C Left Montréal, QC
24 Canada Mark Simpson 1995-04-24 C Right Rothesay, NB
25 Canada Jeffrey Truchon-Viel 1997-01-28 LW Left Rimouski, QC

Retired numbers[edit]

Note: numbers of players from entire franchise history from 1969 to present.

Note:The Titan retired the number 37, worn by Patrice Bergeron between 2001 and 2003, on September 25, 2011. Bergeron is the first player to have his number retired since the Titan moved to Bathurst. After his QMJHL career, Bergeron went on to win a Stanley Cup in the NHL with the Boston Bruins in 2011, defeating the Vancouver Canucks, who were led by fellow Titan alumnus Roberto Luongo. Bergeron also won an Olympic gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics with Canada, alongside Luongo. Bergeron is also a member of the Triple Gold Club, a group of ice hockey players and coaches who have won an Olympic gold medal, a World Championship gold medal and the Stanley Cup.[4]

Note: The Titan retired the jersey number 1, worn by Roberto Luongo between 1998 and 1999, on August 19, 2012. Luongo, a fan favourite in Bathurst and also of New Brunswick, was the second player to have his number retired since the Titan relocated to Bathurst. Luongo has competed for Canada internationally in a number tournaments at different levels. As a junior, he won a silver medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships while being named Best Goaltender in the tournament, his second appearance. He then won two gold medals at the 2003 and 2004 World Championships, as well as a silver in the 2005 World Championship. He also won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and appeared in the 2006 Winter Olympics, serving as backup to starter Martin Brodeur in both instances. Luongo succeeded Brodeur, however, as Canada's starting goaltender during the 2010 Winter Olympics, winning a gold medal alongside fellow Titan alumnus Patrice Bergeron. Luongo then led his Vancouver Canucks team to Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, which the team ultimately lost to Bergeron and the Bruins.

NHL alumni[edit]

Mascot[edit]

  • The Acadie–Bathurst Titan had a previous mascot "Bang-Bang" but with the new look they have replaced it with "Maximus."

Season-by-season record[edit]

  • Acadie–Bathurst Titan 1998–2008[5]
OL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss, Pct = Winning percentage
Season Games Won Lost Tied OL SL Points Pct Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1998–99 70 42 25 3 87 0.621 315 255 3rd, Dilio
1999–2000 72 20 40 8 4 52 0.361 227 311 4th, Maritime
2000–01 72 29 38 4 1 63 0.438 239 281 3rd, Maritime
2001–02 72 45 18 4 5 99 0.688 257 225 1st, Maritime
2002–03 72 44 21 4 3 95 0.660 276 189 2nd, Atlantic
2003–04 70 18 49 3 0 39 0.279 184 314 5th, Atlantic
2004–05 70 18 42 7 3 46 0.329 163 244 5th, Atlantic
2005–06 70 43 19 3 5 94 0.671 291 223 2nd, Eastern
2006–07 70 35 28 2 5 77 0.550 291 269 5th, Eastern
2007–08 70 41 25 2 2 86 0.614 289 241 3rd, Eastern
2008–09 68 20 35 7 6 53 0.294 187 256 5th, Atlantic
2009–10 68 25 37 3 3 56 0.368 208 286 5th, Atlantic
2010–11 68 44 21 2 1 91 0.669 261 197 2nd, Maritimes
2011–12 68 32 31 2 3 69 0.507 250 264 3rd, Maritimes
2012–13 68 26 35 5 2 59 0.434 232 278 4th, Maritimes
2013–14 68 22 40 4 2 50 0.368 144 249 4th, Maritimes
2014-15 68 17 43 6 2 42 0.309 158 271 6th, Maritimes

Team records[edit]

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 99 2001–02
Most wins 45 2001–02
Most goals for 315 1998–99
Least goals for 144 2013–14
Least goals against 189 2002–03
Most goals against 314 2003–04
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Thomas Beauregard 71 2006–07
Most assists Mathieu Perreault 80 2007–08
Most points Thomas Beauregard 124 2006–07
Most points, rookie Patrice Bergeron 73 2002–03
Most points, defenseman Philippe Plante 80 1998–99
Most Penalty Minutes[6] Jonathan Tremblay 316 2003–04
Best GAA (goalie) Adam Russo 2.41 2002–03
Goaltender = minimum 1,500 minutes played

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canadian Gold 2010, Andrew Podnieks, p. 152, Fenn Publishing, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-384-3
  2. ^ CBC News (April 11, 2013). "QMJHL's Acadie-Bathurst Titan sold to local investors". CBC. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Acadie-Bathurst Titan News Article". 
  4. ^ Titan website, Article on the Titan website.
  5. ^ Season-by-season on hockeydb.com
  6. ^ Elite Prospects, Top 100 Most Penalty Minutes in one season for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan..


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