Val-d'Or Foreurs

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Val-d'Or Foreurs
Foreurs de Val-d'Or
Val-d'Or Foreurs logo 1993-2007.svg
City Val-d'Or, Quebec
League Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Division Telus West
Founded 1993
Home arena Centre Air Creebec
Colours Green, gold, white and black
General manager Pascal D'Aoust
Head coach Mario Durocher
1993–2007 logo.

The Val-d'Or Foreurs are a junior ice hockey team based in Val-d'Or, in the region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec, Canada. The team was founded for the 1993–94 season of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, a member of the Canadian Hockey League. Former Quebec Nordiques and Trois-Rivières Draveurs star, Pierre Aubry was the team's first coach. The literal translation of "Val-d'Or Foreurs" is "Valley of Gold Drillers"; this name references the drilling operations associated with mining and exploration which are a major source of blue-collar work in the area. The Foreurs play their home games in the Centre Air Creebec.

The Foreurs have won the President's Cup three times: in 1997–98, 2000–01 and 2013–14 and consequently have also played for the Memorial Cup each of those years. The team was eliminated in 1998 tournament without advancing from the round robin phase, lost in the 2001 championship game to the Red Deer Rebels and in the 2014 tournament, lost the semi-final in triple overtime to the Edmonton Oil Kings .


In 1996, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies began play, giving the Foreurs a natural geographical rival in north-western Quebec. Rouyn-Noranda lies approximately 100 kilometres to the west of Val d'Or. Games between the two teams are a major event in the region and draw much larger than average crowds.

Team records[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

Current Roster[edit]

Roster updated as of 18 March 2013.

Number Player Glove Acquired NHL Draft Place of birth
29 Canada Francois Tremblay L Via Draft (2010) STL 2012 Baie-Comeau, Quebec
30 Canada Philippe Trudeau L Trade CAP 2012 Undrafted Blainville, Quebec
Number Player Shoots Acquired NHL Draft Place of birth
2 Canada Randy Gazzola R Trade HAL 2013 Undrafted Thorold, Ontario
20 Canada Ryan Graves L Trade CHA 2013 NYR 2013 Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
4 Canada Guillaume Rioux-Legault L Via Draft (2012) 2013 eligible Longueuil, Quebec
5 Canada Guillaume Gélinas 'A' L Via Draft (2009) Undrafted Quebec City, Quebec
6 Canada Silas Neeposh L Trade CHI 2013 Undrafted Chibougamau, Quebec
7 Russia Artem Sergeev 'A' R Via Draft (2010) Signed by TB (2013) Moscow, Russia
15 United States Skyler Spiller L Free Agent (2012) Undrafted Pleasanton, California
24 Canada Jérémie Fraser R Trade BAT 2012 Undrafted Cantley, Quebec
27 Canada Julien Leduc R Via Draft (2010) Undrafted Châteauguay, Quebec
Number Player Position Acquired NHL Draft Place of birth
8 Canada Anthony Mantha RW Via Draft (2010) Signed by DET (2013) Longueuil, Quebec
72 Canada Pierre-Maxime Poudrier RW Trade QUE 2012 Undrafted Thetford Mines, Quebec
10 Canada Brandon Hynes RW Trade BAT2012 Undrafted Norris Point, Newfoundland and Labrador
14 Canada Samuel Henley 'A' RW Via Draft(2010) Undrafted Val-d'Or, Quebec
16 Canada Nicolas Aubé-Kubel C Via Draft (2012) PHI 2014 Sorel-Tracy, Quebec
17 Canada Cédrick Henley 'C' LW Via Draft (2008) BUF 2010 Val-d'Or, Quebec
18 Canada Nicolas Dionne C Trade DRU 2010 Undrafted Amos, Quebec
19 Canada Thierry Comtois C Via Draft (2010) Undrafted Sherbrooke, Quebec
9 Canada Anthony Richard C Via Draft (2012) 2014 eligible Trois-Rivières, Quebec
21 Canada Brett Hester LW Free Agent (2010) Undrafted Val-d'Or, Quebec
26 Canada Vincent Dunn C Via Draft (2011) 2014 eligible Hull, Quebec
72 Canada Loïk Poudrier C Trade SHA 2012 Undrafted Thetford Mines, Quebec
79 Russia Anton Zlobin LW Trade SHA 2012 PIT 2012 Moscow, Russia

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