Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

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Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.svg
City Sydney, Nova Scotia
League Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Conference Telus
Division Telus Maritimes
Founded 1969
Home arena Centre 200
Colours Black, white, gold and grey
                   
General manager Marc-André Dumont
Head coach Marc-André Dumont

Website
www.capebretoneagles.com
Franchise history
1969–77 Sorel Éperviers
1977–79 Verdun Éperviers
1979–80 Sorel/Verdun Éperviers
1980–81 Sorel Éperviers
1981–95 Granby Bisons
1995–97 Granby Prédateurs
1997–present Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles are a Canadian major junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Their home rink is Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Franchise history (1969-1997)[edit]

The franchise was granted to the Sorel Eperviers (Black Hawks) for the 1969–70 season. They then moved from Sorel to Verdun in 1977 to become the Verdun Eperviers. In 1979, they played in both Sorel and Verdun before moving back to Sorel for the next season. In 1981, they moved to Granby to become the Granby Bisons, and in 1995 changed their names to the Granby Prédateurs. In 1996, the Prédateurs won the Memorial Cup. In 1997, they moved to Sydney to become the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Prior to the Eagles' arrival, Sydney played host to the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Cape Breton Oilers from 1988 to 1996.

Cape Breton (1997–present)[edit]

Centre 200, the Screaming Eagles' home ice.

Early years (1997–1999)[edit]

The Screaming Eagles' very first captain was Daniel Payette under coach Dany Dubé. They had very poor success in their first few seasons and often had difficulty earning respect around the League, with some players not wanting to come to Cape Breton or complaining while they were there. As enforcers were more common in the League at the time, the Screaming Eagles often made up for lack of skill by having an abundance of fighters.

The Vincent era (1999–2008)[edit]

The turn of the new millennium brought some hope to the Screaming Eagles franchise, as new Head Coach and General Manager Pascal Vincent was able to slowly turn things around. Some hardship continued when the Screaming Eagles attempted to strengthen the club by drafting future National Hockey League (NHL) star Ilya Kovalchuk tenth overall in the 2000 CHL Import Draft. Kovalchuk, however, declined to report to the team. Along with star players Marc-André Fleury, Dominic Noel, Stuart MacRae, and Stephen Dixon, the Screaming Eagles reached the QMJHL's conference final in 2002, only to lose in five games to Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Fleury's number 29 jersey went on to be retired by the Screaming Eagles in 2008. Kovalchuk's number 71 was retired in 2014, though it was soon revealed to be an April Fool's joke.[1]

Vincent made a bold move and stacked the Screaming Eagles lineup with many NHL prospects for the 2003–04 season in hopes of bringing a League title to Cape Breton. Most of the players came from a notorious "boomerang" trade with the Halifax Mooseheads. After the Screaming Eagles won 49 games and captured a division title, Fleury returned from the Pittsburgh Penguins, leading many to think the team would be unstoppable in the playoffs. The Screaming Eagles, however, lost in the second round to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens.

Despite the embarrassment, President Greg Lynch opted not to fire Vincent. At the 2004 QMJHL Draft, the Screaming Eagles chose James Sheppard with the first overall pick. In 2006–07, along with star players Luc Bourdon, Ondrej Pavelec and Oskars Bartulis, Sheppard led the Screaming Eagles to the League semifinals, only to lose in seven games to the Val-d'Or Foreurs.

The 2007–08 season saw 16-year-old goaltender Olivier Roy rise to prominence. The Screaming Eagles finished fourth in their division and won their first round playoff series despite having a roster that normally dressed at least ten rookies. Vincent went on to be named the 2008 QMJHL Coach of the Year. However, following the end of the season, Vincent violated the terms of his contract and became the head coach and general manager of the Montreal Junior Hockey Club.

The post-Vincent era (2008–2012)[edit]

The team returned to the playoffs in 2014

Following Vincent's departure, Assistant Coach Mario Durocher took over the role of head coach and general manager. In a bid to host the Memorial Cup in 2012, Durocher in 2010 added former NHL players Mike McPhee and Guy Chouinard, former NHL coach Pierre Creamer and Michel Boucher to the hockey staff in consulting roles. Durocher was relieved of his duties effective immediately on April 12, 2011, after a lackluster season in which the team finished 16th in the League and last in the Atlantic Division with just 41 points.[2][3]

The team's then-Head Coach Ron Choules replaced Durocher as GM in April 2011, though the team failed to improve on the ice. After a poor start to the 2012–13 season, Choules himself was fired as head coach and GM on December 3, 2012, with former Val-d'Or Head Coach Marc-André Dumont announced as his replacement.[4] The 2012–13 season was a poor one for the Screaming Eagles, as they failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.[5] At season's end, Assistant Coach Jean-François David was fired, with no replacement immediately announced.[6]

Current roster[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Number Player Date of birth Position Shoots Place of birth
7 Canada Brunelle, Francis 1995-07-07 LW Left Bromont, QC
8 Canada Martineau, Phélix 1997-06-03 C Right Laval, QC
9 Canada Farrell, Kyle 1994-02-17 C Left Howie Centre, NS
10 Canada Boucher, Dillon 1997-04-16 LW Left Halifax, NS
11 Canada Bishop, Clark 1996-03-29 C Left St. John's, NL
16 Canada Anderson, Stephen 1994-12-23 RW Right Charlottetown, PE
17 Canada Tower, Colby 1997-02-12 C Right Antigonish, NS
18 Canada Dubois, Pierre-Luc 17 LW Left Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, QC
19 Canada Hinds, Marcus 1994-01-31 C Right Toronto, ON
21 Canada MacSween, Colin 1996-01-07 LW Left Fredericton, NB
22 Canada Smith, Jacob 1995-01-30 RW Right Sudbury, ON
28 Canada Eric Leger 17 LW Left Lasalle, QC
23 Russia Lazarev, Maxim 1996-01-29 LW Right Russia
24 Canada Bonaparte, Alex 1997-03-25 LW Left Sydney, NS
26 Canada Smith, Declan 1998-05-07 C Right Antigonish, NS
37 Russia Svechnikov, Evgeny 1996-10-31 RW Left Russia

Defencemen[edit]

Number Player Date of birth Position Shoots Place of birth
2 Canada Nosella, Matthew 1995-07-13 D Left Toronto, ON
3 Canada LeBlanc, Olivier 1996-02-17 D Left Québec, QC
5 Canada Deschamps, Jonathan 1996-04-16 D Left Trois-Rivières, QC
6 Canada Beaudin, Jérémie 1998-05-14 D Left St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
12 Canada Lalonde, Bradley 1997-08-01 D Right Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC
15 Canada Gosselin, Alexandre 1995-04-22 D Right St-Georges, QC
20 United States MacIntyre, Duncan 1996-01-20 D Left Chicago, IL, USA
27 Canada Léveillé, Loïk 1996-09-25 D Right St-Jérôme, QC

Goaltenders[edit]

Number Player Date of birth Position Shoots Place of birth
1 Canada Sullivan, Miguel 1995-01-03 G Left Halifax, NS
30 Canada Bélanger, Alexandre 1995-08-19 G Left Sherbrooke, QC

[7] Roster as of February 27, 2015

NHL alumni[edit]

KHL alumni[edit]