Sherbrooke Castors

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Sherbrooke Castors
City Sherbrooke, Quebec
League Q.M.J.H.L.
Operated 1969 (1969) to 1982 &
1998 to 2003
Home arena Palais des Sports
Franchise history
1969-73 Trois-Rivières Ducs
1973-92 Trois-Rivières Draveurs
1992-98 Sherbrooke Faucons
1998-03 Sherbrooke Castors
2003-2011 Lewiston Maineiacs
2012-present Sherbrooke Phoenix
Previous franchise history
1962-69 Thetford Mines Canadiens
1969-82 Sherbrooke Castors
1982-89 Saint-Jean Castors
1989-95 Saint-Jean Lynx
1995-Present Rimouski Océanic

The Sherbrooke Castors or Beavers (in English) was the name of two different junior ice hockey teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and another team in the Quebec Eastern Provincial Hockey League. Both later franchises played at the Palais des Sports in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Earlier Castors[edit]

The Castors played in the Quebec Eastern Provincial Hockey League, an amateur league and team from 1959 to 1962. The team folded with the league after two seasons.[1]

Original Castors[edit]

The Sherbrooke Castors (1969-1982) moved to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec in 1982, named the Saint-Jean Castors. In 1989 they were renamed the Saint-Jean Lynx. In 1995 the team moved to Rimouski, Quebec to become the Rimouski Océanic.

This original Castors franchise won the President's Cup in 1975, 1977 and 1982. The second incarnation never won. The Castors played in the Memorial Cup in those three years, and came closest to winning in 1982, when they lost in the tournament final to the Kitchener Rangers.

Sherbrooke Faucons/Castors[edit]

The second Sherbrooke Castors team (1998-2003), originally the Trois-Rivières Draveurs, franchise moved to Sherbrooke in 1992 as the Sherbrooke Faucons ("Falcons"). The Faucons were renamed to Castors in 1998 and moved to Lewiston, Maine in 2003, to be renamed the Lewiston Maineiacs. The Maineiacs folded in 2011, and the City of Sherbrooke received an expansion franchise in 2012 in the form of the Sherbrooke Phoenix.

NHL alumni[edit]

The following Castors/Faucons later played in the National Hockey League: