Sherbrooke Phoenix

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Sherbrooke Phoenix
Sherbrooke Phoenix logo.svg
City Sherbrooke, Québec
League Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Conference Telus
Division Telus West
Founded 2012 (2012)–13
Home arena Palais des Sports Léopold-Drolet
Colours Navy blue, baby blue, and beige
General manager Patrick Charbonneau
Head coach Judes Vallée


The Sherbrooke Phoenix is a major junior ice hockey team based in Sherbrooke, Quebec, that plays in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The team plays its home games at the Palais des Sports.

Franchise history[edit]

The franchise was granted as a replacement for the Lewiston Maineiacs, which folded at the end of the 2010–11 QMJHL season.[1] On May 31, 2011, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League held a conference call to prepare an offer to purchase the team from Mark Just for 3.5 million dollars. Ironically enough, the dissolved Maineiacs franchise were the Sherbrooke Castors prior to relocating to Lewiston, Maine prior to the start of the 2003–04 QMJHL season. The Phoenix marks the city's third attempt at a QMJHL franchise. On May 22, 2012, the Phoenix named former Champlain College Cougars head coach Judes Vallée the franchise's first head coach.[2]

The inaugural season[edit]

The Phoenix made their inaugural draft selection in the QMJHL Bantam Draft, selecting Daniel Audette with the franchise's first ever draft pick. Audette is the son of former Buffalo Sabres forward Donald Audette. The Phoenix filled out their roster in an expansion draft. The Phoenix played the franchise's inaugural game against the Victoriaville Tigres on September 7, 2012, defeating the Tigres 4-2 in Victoriaville. Jeremie Beaudry scored the franchise's first regular season goal, while Daniel Audette recorded the first regular season assist. Beaudry's stay in Sherbrooke was however short lived as he was traded to the Quebec Remparts three months later. On January 13, 2013, the Phoenix recorded the franchise's first ever shutout against the two time league champion Saint John Sea Dogs. The Phoenix finished their inaugural season with a 21-38-3-6 record, which was good enough for 15th place in the QMJHL, which allowed them to make the playoffs for the first time. The excitement, however was short-lived as the team was swept out in the first round by the second seeded Baie-Comeau Drakkar, being outscored 27-7 in the series. Michael McNamee scored the Phoenix franchise's first ever playoff goal, while Brandon Lesway and Denis Kamaev recorded the first playoff assists in franchise history. One of the most notable moments of the teams first playoff appearance is when Russian right winger Sergay Cocksov got ejected 5 seconds into the first playoff game. Cocksov received a ten-minute major penalty for hit to the head, a two-minute minor for interference, and ended up receiving a 30-game suspension for his hit off the opening face-off.

Team results[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime losses, SL = Shootout Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes, Finish = Finish in Division, Playoffs = Results in playoffs

Season GP W L OTL SL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2012–13 68 21 38 3 6 51 188 282 966 6th, Telus West Lost First Round to Baie-Comeau 4-0
2013–14 68 16 43 4 5 41 180 300 1125 6th, Telus West Did not participate

Current roster[edit]

Number Player Position Birth year Hometown
1 Evan Fitzpatrick G 1998 Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
2 Thomas Grégoire D 1998 Sherbrooke, Quebec Canada
7 Jean-François Lavoie C 1996 Lac-au-Saumon, Quebec Canada
9 Raphaël Lafontaine C 1994 Gatineau, Quebec Canada
11 Aaron Hoyles D 1994 Gander, Newfoundland Canada
16 Charles-Éric Légaré RW 1994 St-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Quebec Canada
18 Julien Bahl D 1996 Sorel-Tracy, Quebec Canada
24 Simon Desbiens LW 1995 Clermont, Quebec Canada
26 Nicolas Poulin LW 1997 Blainville, Quebec Canada
27 Kevin Domingue RW 1995 Laval, Quebec Canada
28 Daniel Audette C 1996 Buffalo, New York United States
31 Alex Bureau G 1996 Trois-Rivières, Quebec Canada
32 Carl Neill D 1996 Lachute, Quebec Canada
43 David Storto RW 1995 Blainville, Quebec Canada
44 Liam O'Brien LW 1994 Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
53 Tim Wieser LW 1995 Zurich, Switzerland Switzerland
71 Vincent Deslauriers RW 1996 Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec Canada
72 Mathieu Leclerc D 1995 Chicoutimi, Quebec Canada
73 Chase Harwell C 1997 Southbury, Connecticut United States
81 Gabriel Fontaine C 1997 Sherbrooke, Quebec Canada
88 Trevor Stacey LW 1997 Kahnawake, Quebec Canada
89 Kay Schweri RW 1996 Switzerland Switzerland
95 Mikael Sabourin D 1996 Saint-Clet, Quebec Canada
97 Jérémy Roy D 1997 Richelieu, Quebec Canada