Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

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Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.svg
City Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
League Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Division Telus West
Founded 1933
Home arena Arena Iamgold
Colours Black, red, silver and white
                   
General manager Gilles Bouchard
Head coach Gilles Bouchard
Website www.huskies.qc.ca
Franchise history
1933–1972 Montreal Junior Canadiens
1972–1975 Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge
1975–1982 Montreal Juniors
1982–1984 Verdun Juniors
1984–1989 Verdun Junior Canadiens
1989–1996 Saint-Hyacinthe Laser
1996–present Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League based in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. The team plays its home games at the Iamgold Arena (previously known as Dave Keon Arena). The Huskies finished first overall in the QMJHL, during the 2007–08 and 2015–16 seasons, winning the Jean Rougeau Trophy. The team won its first President's Cup in the 2015-16 season and represented the QMJHL at the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament in May 2016.

History[edit]

Logo from 1996-2006

The Rouyn-Noranda franchise started out as the Montreal Junior Canadiens. While in Montreal, the team won three Memorial Cups in 1950, 1969 and 1970. The team has since played in Verdun and Saint-Hyacinthe.

On April 25, 1996, Sylvain Danis and Dave Morin, then owners of the Saint-Hyacinthe Laser, decided to transfer the team to Rouyn-Noranda. Aware that the "National Capital of Copper" is a city which breathes hockey, they were confident that it was the best decision for the franchise. Former NHL Hall of Famers from the area include Dave Keon and Jacques Laperrière.

The Huskies name was chosen to represent the tough and determined nature of the local citizens and mining community. The team is currently owned entirely by local interests and all the decisions of the sixteen shareholders are made in the interest of the team and the city which it represents.

Since 1996, the Huskies have won five regular season division titles, in 1998, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2016. Rouyn-Noranda finished first overall in the QMJHL in 2007–08 winning its first Jean Rougeau Trophy, posting 97 points in the regular season. The 2015-16 season marked the team's 20th anniversary and they posted their best record in franchise history finishing first in the QMJHL with a franchise record 113 points. The team won its first President's Cup since relocating to Rouyn-Noranda in 2016.

Awards[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

Yearly results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Goaltender Mickael Audette, wearing the jersey as of September 2010

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1996–97 70 16 49 5 - - 37 0.264 174 324 7th Lebel
1997–98 70 43 23 4 - - 90 0.643 338 245 1st Lebel
1998–99 70 36 23 11 - - 83 0.593 314 261 2nd Lebel
1999–2000 72 33 33 4 2 - 72 0.486 272 288 2nd West
2000–01 72 43 22 5 2 - 93 0.632 318 251 2nd West
2001–02 72 26 36 6 4 - 62 0.403 232 281 3rd West
2002–03 72 31 33 0 8 - 70 0.431 268 273 4th West
2003–04 70 30 27 9 4 - 73 0.493 260 265 3rd West
2004–05 70 31 23 11 5 - 78 0.521 266 244 1st West
2005–06 70 43 22 - 2 3 91 0.614 305 259 3rd West
2006–07 70 36 27 - 3 4 79 0.564 265 266 6th Telus
2007–08 70 47 20 - 2 1 97 0.693 294 238 1st Telus
2008–09 68 30 30 - 5 3 68 0.441 210 245 3rd West
2009–10 68 41 21 - 2 4 88 0.603 256 205 1st West
2010–11 68 12 50 - 4 2 30 0.221 151 339 6th West
2011–12 68 24 36 - 4 4 56 0.412 227 296 5th Telus West
2012–13 68 40 24 - 1 3 84 0.618 283 255 2nd Telus West
2013–14 68 35 28 - 3 2 75 0.551 254 243 5th Telus West
2014–15 68 33 30 - 4 1 71 0.522 246 245 4th West
2015–16 68 54 9 - 3 2 113 0.831 302 181 1st West
2016–17 68 43 18 - 0 2 93 0.684 272 181 1st West

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1996–1997 Out of playoffs.
  • 1997–1998 Lost to Hull Olympiques 4 games to 2 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1998–1999 Earned bye through division quarter-finals.
    Defeated Sherbrooke Castors 4 games to 3 in division semi-finals.
    Lost to Hull Olympiques 4 games to 0 in division finals.
  • 1999–2000 Defeated Sherbrooke Castors 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Hull Olympiques 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2000–2001 Defeated Hull Olympiques 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Shawinigan Cataractes 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2001–2002 Lost to Victoriaville Tigres 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2002–2003 Lost to Hull Olympiques 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2003–2004 Defeated Lewiston MAINEiacs 4 games to 3 in 1/8 finals.
    Lost to Gatineau Olympiques 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
  • 2004–2005 Earned bye through 1/8 finals.
    Defeated Moncton Wildcats 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Halifax Mooseheads 4 games to 0 semi-finals.
  • 2005–2006 Lost to Shawinigan Cataractes 4 games to 1 in 1/8 finals.
  • 2006–2007 Defeated Gatineau Olympiques 4 games to 1 in 1/8 finals.
    Defeated Drummondville Voltigeurs 4 games to 3 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Lewiston MAINEiacs 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
  • 2007–2008 Defeated Val-d'Or Foreurs 4 games to 0 in preliminary round.
    Defeated Rimouski Océanic 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Saint John Sea Dogs 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
    Lost to Gatineau Olympiques 4 games to 1 in QMJHL Finals.
  • 2008–2009 Lost to Montreal Junior 4 games to 2 in preliminary round.
  • 2009–2010 Defeated Val-d'Or Foreurs 4 games to 2 in preliminary round.
    Lost to Moncton Wildcats 4 games to 1 in second round.
  • 2010–2011 Out of playoffs.
  • 2011–2012 Lost to Shawinigan Cataractes 4 games to 0 in preliminary round.
  • 2012–2013 Defeated Drummondville Voltigeurs 4 games to 1 in preliminary round.
    Defeated Québec Remparts 4 games to 1 in second round.
    Lost to the Halifax Mooseheads 4 games to 0 in third round.
  • 2013–2014 Defeated Québec Remparts 4 games to 1 in preliminary round.
    Lost to Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 games to 0 in second round.
  • 2014–2015 Lost to Val-d'Or Foreurs 4 games to 2 in preliminary round.
  • 2015–2016 Defeated Drummondville Voltigeurs 4 games to 0 in preliminary round.
    Defeated Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 games to 1 in second round.
    Defeated Moncton Wildcats 4 games to 2 in third round.
    Defeated Shawinigan Cataractes 4 games to 1 in final; Won President's Cup
    Finished round-robin portion of Memorial Cup in 3rd place.
    Defeated Red Deer Rebels 3-1 in semi-finals.
    Lost to London Knights 3-2 in finals. Finished 2nd place in Memorial Cup.
  • 2016–2017 Defeated Halifax Mooseheads 4 games to 2 in preliminary round.
    Lost to Chicoutimi Saguenéens 4 games to 3 in second round.

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