Cape Breton Eagles
|Cape Breton Eagles|
|City||Sydney, Nova Scotia|
|League||Quebec Major Junior Hockey League|
|Home arena||Centre 200|
|Colours||Black, white, gold and grey |
|General manager||Jacques Carrière|
|Head coach||Jake Grimes|
|1997–2019||Cape Breton Screaming Eagles|
|2019–present||Cape Breton Eagles|
Franchise history (1969–1997)Edit
The franchise was granted to the Sorel Eperviers (Black Hawks) for the 1969–70 season. They then moved from Sorel to Verdun in 1977 to become the Verdun Eperviers. In 1979, they played in both Sorel and Verdun before moving back to Sorel for the next season. In 1981, they moved to Granby to become the Granby Bisons, and in 1995 changed their names to the Granby Prédateurs. In 1996, the Prédateurs won the Memorial Cup. In 1997, they moved to Sydney to become the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Prior to the Eagles' arrival, Sydney played host to the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Cape Breton Oilers from 1988 to 1996.
Cape Breton (1997–present)Edit
Early years (1997–1999)Edit
The Screaming Eagles' first captain was Daniel Payette under coach Dany Dubé.
The Vincent era (1999–2008)Edit
In 1999, Pascal Vincent was hired as the new head coach and general manager. The Screaming Eagles attempted to strengthen the club by drafting future National Hockey League (NHL) star Ilya Kovalchuk tenth overall in the 2000 CHL Import Draft. However, Kovalchuk declined to report to the team. Along with star players Marc-André Fleury, Dominic Noel, Stuart MacRae and Stephen Dixon, the Screaming Eagles reached the QMJHL's conference final in 2002, only to lose in five games to Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Fleury's number 29 jersey went on to be retired by the Screaming Eagles in 2008. Kovalchuk's number 71 was retired in 2014, as an April Fools' Day prank.
Vincent stacked the Screaming Eagles lineup with many NHL prospects for the 2003–04 season in hopes of bringing a league title to Cape Breton. After the Screaming Eagles won 49 games and captured a division title, with Fleury also returning from the Pittsburgh Penguins before the playoffs, but the Screaming Eagles lost in the second round to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens.
At the 2004 QMJHL Draft, the Screaming Eagles chose James Sheppard with the first overall pick. In 2006–07, along with star players Luc Bourdon, Ondrej Pavelec and Oskars Bartulis, Sheppard led the Screaming Eagles to the league semifinals, only to lose in seven games to the Val-d'Or Foreurs.
The 2007–08 season saw 16-year-old goaltender Olivier Roy rise to prominence. The Screaming Eagles finished fourth in their division and won their first round playoff series despite having a roster that normally dressed at least ten rookies. Vincent went on to be named the 2008 QMJHL Coach of the Year. Following the end of the season, Vincent became the head coach and general manager of the Montreal Junior Hockey Club.
Recent history (2008–2019)Edit
Following Vincent's departure, assistant coach Mario Durocher took over the role of head coach and general manager. In a bid to host the Memorial Cup in 2012, Durocher added former NHL players Mike McPhee and Guy Chouinard, former NHL coach Pierre Creamer and Michel Boucher to the hockey staff in consulting roles in 2010. Durocher was relieved of his duties on April 12, 2011, after a lackluster season in which the team finished 16th in the league and last in the Atlantic Division with just 41 points.
The team's then-head coach Ron Choules replaced Durocher as general manager in April 2011, though the team failed to improve on the ice. After a poor start to the 2012–13 season, Choules himself was fired on December 3, 2012, with former Val-d'Or head coach Marc-André Dumont announced as his replacement. The Screaming Eagles failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in the 2012–13 season. At season's end, assistant coach Jean-François David was fired.
After being eliminated in the second round of the 2019 playoffs, the Screaming Eagles fired their coaching staff. Dumont was replaced with Nova Scotia native, Jake Grimes, along with former Eagles alumni Chris Culligan as assistant coach.
The team mascot is an eagle named Screech.
New team name (2019 to present)Edit
On August 14, 2019, the team rebranded itself as the Cape Breton Eagles.
NHL first round draft picksEdit
- #29 – Marc-André Fleury
- #36 -- Trevor Ettinger
- Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (1997–Present)
- OL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss, Pct = Winning percentage
- "Screaming Eagles Appoint New GM, Hockey Operations and Assistant GM, Hockey Operations". OurSports Central. 17 May 2019.
- "Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Hire New Head Coach". OurSports Central. 4 June 2019.
- http://www.capebretonpost.com/Sports/Hockey/2014-04-01/article-3673374/Screaming-Eagles-pull-April-Fools%26rsquo%3B-joke-by-retiring-Kovalchuk%26rsquo%3Bs-number/1 Archived 2014-04-07 at the Wayback Machine Screaming Eagles Pull April Fool's Joke
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2010-08-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-04-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Choules fired as Screaming Eagles head coach, general manager http://www.capebretonpost.com/Sports/Hockey/2012-12-03/article-3132761/Choules-fired-as-Screaming-Eagles-head-coach%2C-general-manager/1 Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine
- Eagles will miss QMJHL playoff for first time in franchise history http://www.capebretonpost.com/Sports/Hockey/2013-03-03/article-3191562/Eagles-will-miss-QMJHL-playoff-for-first-time-in-franchise-history/1 Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine
- Screaming Eagles assistant coach David not returning http://www.capebretonpost.com/Sports/Hockey/2013-03-21/article-3205258/Screaming-Eagles-assistant-coach-David-not-returning/1 Archived 2013-04-10 at archive.today
- "New brand and name unveiled for former Cape Breton Screaming Eagles". QMJHL. August 14, 2019.
- Cape Breton Screaming Eagles season-by-season record on www.hockeydb.com