Charlottetown Islanders

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Charlottetown Islanders
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City Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
League Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Division Telus Maritimes
Founded 1999
Home arena Eastlink Centre
Colours Black, gold and white
              
General manager Jim Hulton
Head coach Jim Hulton
Website www.charlottetownislanders.com
Franchise history
19992003 Montreal Rocket
20032013 P.E.I. Rocket
2013–present Charlottetown Islanders

The Charlottetown Islanders are a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, the Islanders play their home games at the Eastlink Centre, which has 3,717 arena seats.

History[edit]

Logo as the PEI Rocket

Originally located in Montreal, Quebec, and called the Montreal Rocket, the team relocated to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in 2003. They were named after the legendary Maurice Richard (known as the Rocket) of the Montreal Canadiens, and their team crest depicted his number, 9.

Beginning in the 2013–14 season, the Rocket rebranded as the Charlottetown Islanders.[1]

President and governor Serge Savard Jr. confirmed on April 17, 2013, that the QMJHL had contacted the Rocket two days earlier with a proposal to buy the struggling franchise. Savard said he intended to accept the offer, somewhere in the area of $3.5 million, unless he was able to find a local buyer or buyers for the team. Savard said league commissioner Gilles Corteau had given him until April 26 to secure a buyer. One interested group intended to relocate the team to Sorel, Quebec.[2]

However, an ownership group led by Geoff Boyle agreed to purchase the team, ensuring its future in Charlottetown for 2013–14 and beyond. The new Islanders logo and colour scheme was unveiled on May 27.[3]

In the 2014–15 season, for the first time since the franchise began as the P.E.I. Rocket, the Charlottetown Islanders advanced to the second round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs, after defeating the Sherbrooke Phoenix 4–2 in the first round. However, in the second round, they ended up getting eliminated by the Quebec Remparts 4–0.

On June 29, 2015, the Islanders hired Jim Hulton as head coach after Gordie Dwyer was relieved of his duties as head coach.

On March 29, 2016, the Islanders set a new QMJHL record for most shots on goal in one period of a playoff game with 32. The previous record was 30, shared by four teams

On June 4, 2016, the Charlottetown Islanders hosted the 2016 QMJHL Draft, after doing the same thing back in 2006 when they were named the P.E.I. Rocket.

On April 13, 2017, the Islanders advanced to the third round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history eliminating the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 games to 0.

Players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

  • 9 Maurice Richard Montreal Rocket
  • 22 Pierre-André Bureau P.E.I. Rocket (2000–05)

NHL alumni[edit]

Team captains[edit]

  • 1999–2000 Edo Terglav (42 games); Francis Emery (15 games); Yann Joseph (9 games)
  • 2000–01 Edo Terglav (70 games); Michael Lambert (1 game); Jordan Trew (1 game); Jean-Michel Boisvert (1 game)
  • 2001–02 Marc Villeneuve
  • 2002–03 Pierre-Andre Bureau
  • 2003–04 Pierre-Andre Bureau
  • 2004–05 Maxim Lapierre
  • 2005–06 David Laliberte
  • 2006–07 David Laliberte (67 games); Marc-Andre Gragnani (1 game)
  • 2007–08 Pierre-Luc Lessard (37 games); Bryan Main (21 games); Geoff Walker (8 games); Matthew Lachaine (5 games)
  • 2008–09 Matthew Lachaine (27 games); Maxime Provencher (25 games); Joel Champagne (16 games)
  • 2009–10 Jean-Philippe Mathieu
  • 2010–11 Travis McIsaac
  • 2011–12 Matthew Hobbs, Josh Currie
  • 2012–13 Josh Currie
  • 2013–14 Jack Nevins (41 games)
  • 2014–15 Ryan MacKinnon
  • 2015–16 Quinn O'Brien, Oliver Cooper
  • 2016–17 Guillaume Brisebois
  • 2017–2018 Pierre-Olivier Joseph

Yearly results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1999–00 72 29 32 6 5 - 69 0.479 276 313 3rd West
2000–01 72 24 35 7 6 - 61 0.424 249 310 4th West
2001–02 72 23 39 8 2 - 56 0.389 198 243 4th West
2002–03 72 32 27 5 8 - 77 0.535 256 261 3rd West
2003–04 70 40 19 5 6 - 91 0.607 251 189 3rd Atlantic
2004–05 70 24 39 7 0 - 55 0.393 198 260 4th Atlantic
2005–06 70 25 38 - 4 3 57 0.373 221 304 7th East
2006–07 70 36 28 - 2 6 80 0.514 278 250 4th East
2007–08 70 30 36 - 2 2 64 0.425 243 287 7th East
2008–09 68 26 32 - 5 5 62 0.382 229 243 6th Atlantic
2009–10 68 35 25 - 2 6 78 0.515 215 224 4th Atlantic
2010–11 68 33 26 - 3 6 75 0.551 217 220 4th Maritimes
2011–12 68 19 43 - 2 4 44 0.324 205 320 6th Maritimes
2012–13 68 41 23 - 3 1 86 0.632 262 229 3rd Maritimes
2013–14 68 21 39 - 3 5 50 0.368 186 256 Tied 4th Maritimes
2014–15 68 35 28 - 1 4 75 0.551 226 243 2nd Maritimes
2015–16 68 35 26 - 5 2 77 0.566 227 232 4th Maritimes
2016–17 68 46 18 - 4 0 96 0.706 303 214 2nd Maritimes
2017–18 68 37 24 - 7 0 81 0.596 209 219 3rd Maritimes

Playoffs[edit]

Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1999–00 L, 1–4, Drummondville - - -
2000–01 - - - -
2001–02 L, 3–4, Hull - - -
2002–03 L, 3–4, Sherbrooke - - -
2003–04 W, 4–1, Quebec L, 2–4, Moncton - -
2004–05 - - - -
2005–06 L, 2–4, Acadie Bathurst - - -
2006–07 L, 3–4, Acadie Bathurst - - -
2007–08 L, 0–4, Saint John - - -
2008–09 L, 1–4, Moncton - - -
2009–10 L, 1–4, Saint John - - -
2010–11 L, 1–4, Shawinigan - - -
2011–12 - - - -
2012–13 L, 2–4, Val-d'Or - - -
2013–14 L, 0–4, Halifax - - -
2014–15 W, 4–2, Sherbrooke L, 0–4, Quebec - -
2015–16 W, 4–2, Rimouski L, 2–4, Shawinigan - -
2016–17 W, 4–0, Baie-Comeau W, 4–0, Cape Breton L, 1–4, Blainville-Boisbriand -
2017–18 W, 4–3, Quebec W, 4–0, Halifax L, 3–4, Blainville-Boisbriand -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reid, Nolan (September 21, 2012). "Rocket Thrash Wildcats 6–2 in Home Opener". P.E.I. Rocket. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  2. ^ Reid, Charles (April 17, 2013). "Savard family hangs for sale sign on P.E.I. Rocket". Cape Breton Post. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Charlottetown Islanders unveiled at news conference". Pictou County News. May 27, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 

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