Temiscaming Titans

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Temiscaming Titans
Les Titans de Témiscaming
2017–18 GMHL season
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City Témiscaming, Quebec
League Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League
Division Northern
Founded 2011
Home arena Le Centre de Témiscaming
Colors Blue, white, black
              
General manager Nicolas Tourigny
Head coach William Bendi
Captain Guillaume Taupier
Media English
TVCTK
French
CKVM-FM
Website titanshockey.ca

The Temiscaming Titans (French: Les Titans de Témiscaming) are a Canadian junior ice hockey team based in Témiscaming, Quebec, Canada. They are members of the Northern Division of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League (GMHL). The Titans play their home games at the 750 seat (900 capacity) Le Centre de Témiscaming.

The team has had success, winning one division title, won the regular season championship once, appeared in the Russell Cup Finals three times, and won the Russell Cup in 2015. The success has been reflected in attendance and has been one of the top teams in attendance in the GMHL.

History[edit]

The Temiscaming Titans were officially announced April 12, 2011.[1][2] The Titans are the only Quebec-based team in the GMHL, but the third in their history after the Temiscaming Royals (2007–2008) and the Ville-Marie Dragons (2008–2009).

The Temiscaming Titans played their first game on September 10, 2011, in Temiscaming, Quebec against the Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks. The Titans defeated the Lumberjacks 7–4 for their first ever win. On October 20, 2011, Aaron Boyce recorded a 23 save shutout against the Elliot Lake Bobcats, the Titans first shutout in franchise history. The Titans were undefeated in regulation through their first twenty games of the season. Their first loss came on November 25, 2011, 8-1, at the hands of the Elliot Lake Bobcats, largely in part to the Bobcats great defensive skills, and Pavlo Borko and his 19 save shutout performance.

On February 16, 2012, the Titans officially unveiled their banner for the 2011–12 GMHL Regular Season Champions. Also on the night forwards #88 Andre Leclair and #89 Robin Mendelsohn were honoured as their number banner was hung up into the rafters in front of a crowd of over 400. The Titans would go on to take the game 4–1 over the Elliot Lake Bobcats.

In the 2012 GMHL playoffs, the Temiscaming Titans made it to the GMHL Russell Cup Finals against the Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks. Games one and two were held in Temiscaming which drew crowds of over 500 per game. Game 5 went back to Temiscaming where it drew a crowd of over 700 people. The Titans would fall to the Lumberjacks in 6 games.

As the 2012–13 season began, opening night on September 7, 2012, drew a crowd of over 550 and the Titans won 8–1 against the Shelburne Red Wings. During the course of the season, the Titans posted a 14-game win streak and a 35–6–0–1 overall record during the regular season. The team finished in first place in the North Division, drawing a first round playoff match-up against the Mattawa Voyageurs. Temiscaming swept the Voyageurs, outscoring them 33–8. In the second round, the Titans faced the rival Powassan Eagles. Game one was held in Temiscaming where 234 penalty minutes was given with the teams combined and the Titans winning 7–1. They would go on to sweep the Eagles in three games, pushing their playoff record to 6–0. In three games, the teams combined for 329 penalty minutes. There were 17 game misconducts, 10 fighting majors, and 14 major penalties. They then faced the Bracebridge Phantoms in the North Division Finals. The Titans took games one and two with a 6–5 and 7–4 win. However, going to Bracebridge for games three and four, the Phantoms took home ice as an advantage and won two straight to tie the series. In game five, the Titans won 8–2, but The Phantoms beat the Titans 5–3 in game six. In the decisive game seven in Temiscaming, the Titans cruised to a 9–1 victory to secure a berth in the Russell Cup Finals.

The 2013 Russell Cup Finals included the Titans and the undefeated Bradford Rattlers. Game one was on March 21, 2013, in Bradford, the Titans were trailed most of the game until scoring three goals in the last ten minutes of regulation to force overtime. In overtime, the Titans were shorthanded when Ryan Adams intercepted a pass at his own blue line and went on a breakaway to beat Rattlers' netminder Jonathan LoParco giving the Titans a 1–0 series lead and they were the first team to beat the Rattlers (52–0–0–0) through the regular season and playoffs. Bradford would win games two and three, with Temiscaming taking game four to tie the series 2–2. Ultimately, Temiscaming lost the series in six games.

The Titans started off the 2014–15 season with a 6–1–0 record in their first seven games and 16–6–0 over the next 22, resulting in a 22–7–0 record overall after the first 29 games. During the course of the year, then head coach Robert Miller was let go by the Titans. This resulted in assistant coaches Brandon Blanche and Chris Levesque acting as joint head coaches behind the bench. It was then announced that Tyler Fines, formerly coach of the Orangeville Americans, would be the new head coach of the Titans. The Titans would go 13–0–0 under Fines to finish out the regular season with a 35–5–1 record. The Titans clinched first place in the North Division.

The Titans started the 2015 Russell Cup playoffs by sweeping the rival Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks in three games and the Titans advanced to the Conference Semi-finals for the fourth straight year. They defeated the Rama Aces in three games to advance to the League Semi-finals against the underdog Halton Ravens. The Titans took the first two games in Temiscaming before the Ravens won one game at home. Halton would stay alive once again with shootout victories in games five and six. Game seven was held in Temiscaming and the Titans would win the game 6–3 and secure a berth to the Russell Cup Finals for the third time in four years.

Temiscaming faced the Seguin Huskies in the 2015 Russell Cup Finals. Game one was held in Seguin the night after the Titans played game seven of the previous series. The Titans would get edged in overtime by the score of 1–0. Game two was held the very next night with the Titans playing three games in three nights. This game would go to a shootout in which the Titans three shooters all scored while Titans' goaltender Craig Wood stopped the third Huskies' shooter to tie the series at 1–1. Game three of the Finals took place in Temiscaming, where the home team won 4–2 to take a 2–1 series lead. Game four of the Finals in Temiscaming drew a crowd of over 600 and with 33 seconds left in the third period, Curtis Warren scored to give the Titans a 3-2 lead. Craig Wood was then tested on a penalty shot with 15 seconds left. He made the stop and the Titans won 5–4 and taking a 3–1 series lead. Game five at in Temiscaming drew a crowd close to 1000 and the Titans won 3–2 to win the Russell Cup for the first time.

Season-by-season standings[edit]

Russell Cup Champions Season Champions Division Champions League Leader

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against.

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts Regular Season Finish Playoffs
2011–12 42 38 3 1 273 120 77 1st GMHL Won Quarter-finals, 3–0 (Americans)
Won Semi-finals, 4–0 (Shield)
Lost Russell Cup Finals, 2–4 (Lumberjacks)
2012–13 42 35 6 0 1 315 156 71 2nd GMHL Won Div. Quarter-finals, 3–0 (Voyageurs)
Won Div. Semi-finals, 3–0 (Eagles)
Won Div. Finals, 4–3 (Phantoms)
Lost Russell Cup Finals, 2–4 (Rattlers)
2013–14 42 34 5 3 298 119 71 2nd GMHL Won Div. Quarter-finals, 3–0 (Eagles)
Won Div. Semi-finals, 3–2 (Shield)
Lost Crossover Semi-finals, 0–4 (Bulls)
2014–15 42 36 5 1 283 105 73 1st North Div.
2nd GMHL
Won Div. Quarter-finals, 3–0 (Lumberjacks)
Won Conf. Semi-finals, 3–0 (Aces)
Won Semi-finals, 4–3 (Ravens)
Won Russell Cup Finals, 4–1 (Huskies)
2015–16 42 34 6 0 2 330 107 70 2nd North Div.
5th GMHL
Won Div. Quarter-finals, 3–0 (Wolves)
Lost Div. Semi-finals, 1–3 (Spartans)
2016–17 42 27 15 0 221 163 54 5th North Div.
10th GMHL
Won Div. Quarter-finals, 3–1 (Rattlers)
Lost Div. Semi-finals, 1–3 (Civics)
Totals 252 204 40 0 8 1720 770 416 All-time series record 13–5

Players and personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated October 13, 2017.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
5 Sweden Andersson, HampusHampus Andersson (A) D R 20 2016 Gothenburg, Sweden
17 Iceland Arason, VignirVignir Arason D L 17 2017 Reykjavík, Iceland
23 Sweden Braneby, JoakimJoakim Braneby F L 20 2017 Lindesberg
11 Canada Brennan, JordanJordan Brennan D R 21 2017 Gatineau, Quebec
76 Sweden Brännvall, SimonSimon Brännvall F L 20 2017 Luleå, Sweden
22 Canada Freed, RylanRylan Freed F L 21 2017 Melfort, Saskatchewan
32 Canada Goes, JasonJason Goes G L 19 2016 Cookstown, Ontario
31 Canada Goulet, EmileEmile Goulet G L 18 2017 Sherbrooke, Quebec
29 Canada Izzo, RaffaeleRaffaele Izzo G L 20 2016 Pierrefonds, Quebec
9 Iceland Kristinsson, KristjánKristján Kristinsson F R 19 2017 Reykjavík, Iceland
27 France Leonard, ThomasThomas Leonard D L 19 2017 Remiremont
77 Sweden Lilja, VictorVictor Lilja F L 20 2017 Helsingborg, Sweden
21 Canada McKenzie, TyranTyran McKenzie F L 17 2017 Thorne, Ontario
19 Canada Provost-Ross, AlexandreAlexandre Provost-Ross F L 21 2017 Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
91 Sweden Rollfelt, GustavGustav Rollfelt F R 21 2015 Stockholm, Sweden
61 Sweden Sjögren, ArvidArvid Sjögren F R 20 2016 Höja
96 Canada Smith, ColtenColten Smith F L 18 2017 Duchess, Alberta
66 Sweden Sundell, HaraldHarald Sundell F L 20 2017 Tranås
48 Canada Taupier, GuillaumeGuillaume Taupier (C) F L 20 2015 Sainte-Julienne, Quebec
97 France Vogt, JulienJulien Vogt F R 18 2017 Cheniménil
98 Sweden Walter, JacobJacob Walter D L 19 2017 Malmköping
85 Canada White, MichaelMichael White (A) D R 22 2017 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
64 Sweden Wilhelmsson, JakobJakob Wilhelmsson F L 21 2015 Stockholm, Sweden

Team captains[edit]

Nat From To
Robin Mendelsohn Canada 2011 2012
Richard Abbott Canada 2012 2014
Ryder Murray Canada 2014 2017
Guillaume Taupier Canada 2017 present

Head coaches[edit]

Nat From To Regular Season Playoffs
G W L OTL G W L
Nathan Hewitt Canada 2011 2012 42 38 3 1 13 9 4
Andre Laperriere Canada 2012 2014 84 69 11 4 31 18 13
Robert Miller Canada 2014 2014 9 7 1 1
Brandon Blanche and Chris Levesque (Associate Coaches) Canada 2014 2014 20 16 4 0
Tyler Fines Canada 2014 2015 13 13 0 0 18 14 4
Andre Laperriere and Chris Levesque (Associate Coaches) Canada 2015 2016 42 34 6 2 7 4 3
Chris Levesque Canada 2016 2017 42 27 15 0 8 4 4
William Bendi Canada 2017 present - - - - - - -

General managers[edit]

Nat From To
Vincent Labranche Canada 2011 2015
Nicolas Tourigny Canada 2015 present

Honoured members[edit]

Temiscaming Titans retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
2 Richard Abbott F 2011-2014 February 16, 2014
7 Ryder Murray F 2012-2017 February 10, 2017
71 Chris Levesque D 2011-2014 February 16, 2014
88 Andre Leclair F 2011-2012 February 16, 2012
89 Robin Mendelsohn F 2011-2012 February 16, 2012

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