The Acadie–Bathurst Titan are a major junior ice hockey team based in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada. They are members of the Telus Maritimes Division in the Telus Conference of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The team plays its home games at the K. C. Irving Regional Centre. The team won the 2018 Memorial Cup.
|City||Bathurst, New Brunswick|
|League||Quebec Major Junior Hockey League|
|Home arena||K. C. Irving Regional Centre|
|Colours||Red, gold, and white |
|General manager||Sylvain Couturier|
|Head coach||Mario Durocher|
|Championships||2018 Memorial Cup Champions |
1999, 2018 QMJHL Champions
|1994–1998||Laval Titan Collège Français|
The franchise was granted in 1969–70 as the Rosemont National. In 1971, they moved from Rosemont to Laval to become the Laval National, and later the Laval Voisins. In 1985, they became the Laval Titan, and in 1994, they became the Laval Titan Collège Français following a merger with the Verdun Collège Français, and then in 1998, they moved to Bathurst. The "Acadie" term in the team name refers to the city's surroundings, where the Acadian population is a majority.
The franchise has won five President's Cups, one of which (in 1999) came during the team's tenure in Bathurst. In the Memorial Cup that year, the team finished winless in the round-robin. The most famous player that has come through the organization would undoubtedly be Mario Lemieux, who was drafted in 1984 by the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Lemieux played for the team during its tenure in Laval. Other famous franchise alumni include Mike Bossy, Gino Odjick and Vincent Damphousse. Notable NHL alumni from Bathurst include Patrice Bergeron, François Beauchemin, Bruno Gervais and Roberto Luongo.
The Titan play in the smallest market in the Canadian Hockey League. With a population of 13,424 residents, the city of Bathurst is smaller than Swift Current, Saskatchewan, home of the WHL's Swift Current Broncos. After their Memorial Cup win in 2018, coach Mario Pouliot made this comment:
"Being the smallest market in the entire CHL, it's a huge accomplishment for us. Four years ago we started from the bottom and we ended up tonight with the Memorial Cup..."
On February 7, 2009, amid much speculation, the Titan franchise was given a 30-day relocation application extension by the QMJHL Board of Governors. With the club continuing to struggle with attendance and the recent struggles of the economy in the area, the team was rumoured to be on the move if things did not turn around in the foreseeable future. The team's owner, Léo-Guy Morrissette, entertained offers from a group of local investors in the Bathurst area, as well as a group from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Morrissette eventually decided to sell the team to his daughter Annie Morrissette-Hébert and his son Stéphane Morrissette, who would each own 50 per cent of the club. The move also ensured the team would remain in Bathurst for the 2009–10 season.
At the end of the 2009–10 season, Léo-Guy Morrissette bought back control of the team from his children at their request. He retained ownership of the team through to April 2013, but after the Titan were eliminated in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, and with several years of consistently low attendance records, Morrissette began contemplating selling the team. Local investors approached Morrissette about purchasing the Titan to keep them in Bathurst. Morrissette, in part pressured by low attendance figures and personal health issues, opted to sell the club to a group of local investors including steel industry businessman Leopold Theriault, Darryl Stohart and current NHL player Sean Couturier. The investors would all be part of a new 28+ member group led by Theriault. At the time of the sale, the team was reported to be worth just over $3 million.
List of retired numbers from 1969 to present.
- Acadie–Bathurst Titan 1998–2017
- OL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss, Pct = Winning percentage
|Season||1st round||2nd round||3rd round||Finals|
|1998–99||W, 4-1, Cape Breton||W, 4-1, Halifax||W, 4-3, Quebec||W, 4-2, Hull|
|1999–2000||L, 4-0, Moncton||-||-||-|
|2000–01||W, 4–0, Quebec||W, 4-1, Cape Breton||W, 4-2, Baie-Comeau||L, 4-0, Val-d'Or|
|2001–02||Bye||W, 4–1, Quebec||W, 4–1, Cape Breton||L, 4-2, Victoriaville|
|2002–03||W, 4-2, Chicoutimi||L, 4-3, Halifax||-||-|
|2005–06||W, 4–2, P.E.I.||W, 4-0, Cape Breton||L, 4-3, Quebec||-|
|2006–07||W, 4–2, P.E.I.||L, 4-1, Cape Breton||-||-|
|2007–08||W, 4–2, St. John's||L, 4-1, Saint John||-||-|
|2008–09||L, 4–2, Gatineau||-||-||-|
|2009–10||L, 4-1, Quebec||-||-||-|
|2010–11||L, 4-1, Victoriaville||-||-||-|
|2011–12||L, 4-2, Chicoutimi||-||-||-|
|2012–13||L, 4-1, Blainville-Boisbriand||-||-||-|
|2013–14||L, 4-0, Val-d'Or||-||-||-|
|2015–16||L, 4–1, Saint John||-||-||-|
|2016-17||W, 4–0, Quebec||L, 4-3, Blainville-Boisbriand||-||-|
|2017-18||W, 4–2, Chicoutimi||W, 4-0, Sherbrooke||W, 4–0, Victoriaville||W, 4-2 vs Blainville-Boisbriand|
- Canadian Gold 2010, Andrew Podnieks, p. 152, Fenn Publishing, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-384-3
- CBC News (April 11, 2013). "QMJHL's Acadie-Bathurst Titan sold to local investors". CBC. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
- "Acadie-Bathurst Titan News Article".
- Titan website, Article on the Titan website.
- Season-by-season on hockeydb.com