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The Halifax Mooseheads are a Canadian major junior ice hockey club in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The team was founded in 1994 and began play in the Dilio Division of the QMJHL from the 1994–95 season.[1] They have appeared in the President's Cup Finals four times, winning in 2013. The other three appearances were in 2003, 2005 and 2019. They hosted the Memorial Cup tournament in 2000, and again in 2019 and won the Memorial Cup in 2013. The team plays their home games in the Scotiabank Centre with a capacity of 10,595 seats.

Halifax Mooseheads
Halifax Mooseheads Logo.svg
CityHalifax, Nova Scotia
LeagueQuebec Major Junior Hockey League
Home arenaScotiabank Centre
ColoursGreen, White, Red
Owner(s)Bobby Smith (majority)
General managerCam Russell
Head coachÉric Veilleux
Championships2013 Memorial Cup Champions
2013 QMJHL Champions



Halifax Mooseheads prepare to face off in a 2012 semi-final game.

Halifax was home to professional American Hockey League clubs for 22 seasons; however, in 1993 the Quebec Nordiques-affiliated Halifax Citadels announced plans to relocate the team. Faced with the loss of its major hockey draw, brewery executive Harold MacKay proposed the city seek a QMJHL franchise.[2]

Since its founding in 1969, “the Q” had iced almost exclusively Quebec-based teams.[3] Expansion to Atlantic Canada would add significant travel costs for the existing franchises, and commissioner Gilles Courteau admitted that at least half of the league’s executive committee “thought the idea was crazy”;[4] but, on 17 March, 1994, the QMJHL Board of Governors unanimously approved the Halifax application.[5]

MacKay won the financial backing of Moosehead Breweries President and CEO Derek Oland. The company put up the league’s $500,000 franchise fee and secured the team’s naming rights. Nine minority owners included auto dealer John Gwynne-Timothy[6], fuel company executive Laddie Farquhar[7], and National Hockey League players Wendell Young and Cam Russell.[8]

With the Mooseheads’ success, the QMJHL expanded to several other east coast cities. Six of the league’s 18 teams are now located in Atlantic Canada.[9] The Q’s eastward expansion has been credited with elevating the skill level and the career opportunities for hockey talent from the region.[10] In 2018-19, three of the NHL’s top seven scorers were QMJHL alumni from Halifax; two of them former Mooseheads. [11]

“There’s no doubt in my mind bringing Halifax on board was a huge step in the right direction for the league”, said Courteau. “The Mooseheads have become a model franchise.”[12]

The early yearsEdit

Franchise in hand, the new club was faced with the challenge of having a team on the ice in less than six months, something hockey experts warned MacKay “could not be done”.[13] MacKay recruited as the team’s head coach and general manager Clément Jodoin, then an assistant coach with the Quebec Nordiques and a former AHL defenceman who had spent seven seasons in Halifax. He added as an assistant coach Shawn Mackenzie, a former pro goaltender and university coach, drawn back to junior hockey by the Mooseheads’ commitment to recruit and grow local talent.[14]

With its first draft picks and free agent signings, the club selected a gritty team that included four Maritimers. Among them was Jody Shelley, a towering forward from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia who would go on to a 13-year NHL career, and who retains the Mooseheads’ record for most career penalty minutes (933). The team also signed goaltender Jean-Sébastien Giguère, a future Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy winner.

With attendance averaging over 3700 per game, the Mooseheads finished their first season with a 24-42-6 record, earning a playoff berth despite finishing 11th overall in the 13-team league. The club lost in the first round, but took the first-place Beauport Harfangs to seven games. “We kept beating the odds that year,” recalled Jodoin. “Everything that was supposed to be impossible became possible.”[15]

The Mooseheads continued to build over the next couple of years, finishing with a winning record and third place in their division in their third season. Fan support continued to grow, averaging 5349 during the regular season and reaching 9600 in the playoffs. [16][17] The team would reach the President’s Cup semi-final for the first time in 1997, losing to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in a seventh game. The club also continued to have success in recruitment, drafting winger Alex Tanguay, a future NHL all-star and Stanley Cup winner, 20th overall in the 1996 midget draft.[18]. Tanguay, Giguère, and Shelley are the only former Mooseheads to have their numbers retired by the club.

Years of transitionEdit

The Mooseheads’ fourth season, 1997-1998, was one of change. In addition to losing key players, including Shelley, the team’s first coach and general manager, Clément Jodoin, would move to an assistant coaching position with the Montreal Canadiens and the club’s founder, Harold MacKay, stepped down as president. The organization recruited Denis Leblanc as general manager and Danny Grant, a former NHL 50-goal scorer and university coach, as the Mooseheads’ new coach. But the club would struggle on the ice, finishing fifth in their division and losing in the first round of the playoffs in five games. Grant would be replaced as coach for the next two years by Bob Mongrain.[19]

Aided by key acquisitions, including goaltenders Pascal Leclaire and Aleksei Volkov and Slovakian forward Ladislav Nagy, the team rebounded to second place finishes in 1999 and 2000, before winning their division for the first time in the 2000-01 season. However playoff success continued to be elusive; the team would not advance past the second round again until 2003. Despite that, the Mooseheads were the top fan draw in Canadian junior hockey; in 1998-99 cumulative attendance topped one million (regular season and playoffs). It was the key factor in the Canadian Hockey League’s award of the 2000 Memorial Cup tournament to Halifax.[20]

The club had counted on Mongrain to build a Memorial Cup contender and a four-game loss to the Rimouski Océanic in the second round of the QMJHL playoffs was an embarrassment. After the playoff loss and a month before the Memorial Cup tournament was to begin, the club released Mongrain, replacing him with assistant coach Shawn Mackenzie. Led by a 10-point performance by Ramzi Abid, the Mooseheads would finish the Memorial Cup round robin with a 2-1 record, but lost in the semi-final to the Ontario Hockey League Barrie Colts.[21]

Turning pointEdit

Following the team’s strong Memorial Cup showing, Mackenzie won the head coaching job to start the 2000-01 season, while Marcel Patenaude took over as general manager. After a slow 2-12 start to the season, the team began to buy into Mackenzie’s tight-checking defensive system, and finished the season in first place in the Atlantic Division, only to bow out to Rimouski in five games in the first round of the playoffs. A third place-overall finish the next season propelled Halifax into the second round, ending with a six-game second round loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.[22]

The 2002-03 season would prove to be the club’s most successful in its nine-year history, marking its first appearance in a President Cup final. With a regular season record of 44-15-10-3, the club secured first place in its division, before sweeping Cape Breton in the first round, then beating Acadie Bathurst and Baie Comeau, each in seven-game series. It was a tired Mooseheads team that would meet Hull Olympiques in the final, taking them to seven games before dropping a 7-2 decision in the deciding game.[23]

The season was significant in other ways. Halifax played host to the World Junior Hockey Championship. And original majority owner Moosehead Breweries disclosed the company was looking for a buyer for its 64 per percent share of the club. Before the start of the 2003-04 season, the club announced that Bobby Smith, a Nova Scotia native and former NHL forward and general manager, would become majority owner, beating out two other contenders. The club retained the rights to the Mooseheads name and logo.[24]

The Crosby conundrumEdit

The Halifax Mooseheads set as an early goal the recruitment and growth of young hockey talent from Nova Scotia. In 2002, there was no player from the region – or anywhere in North America, for that matter – more closely watched than Sidney Crosby. Crosby, from the Halifax suburb of Cole Harbour, was a skilled forward who had attracted media attention from an early age and often played with older teammates. In early 2002 he was 14 and playing triple-A midget hockey when the Mooseheads approached the QMJHL for permission to sign Crosby for the 2002-03 season. The club asked the league to adopt a rule similar to one in the Ontario Hockey League allowing an underage player to play a season with his home-town club prior to draft eligibility. The QMJHL board of governors turned down the request.[25]. Crosby did play a few games of junior “A” hockey in Nova Scotia before being selected first overall in 2003 QMJHL draft by the Rimouski Oceanic. In 2005, the Mooseheads would meet Crosby in the President’s Cup final, losing to his Oceanic in four games.[26]

Years of upheavalEdit

After having bulked up for a run at the league championship, the Mooseheads lost a number of key players to age and trades to begin the 2003-04 season. Among those lost was the team’s then-offensive leader, Brandon Benedict, who retired with a record of 303 points in 343 games played for the Mooseheads. Outscored 194-274 on the season, the inexperienced team finished out of the playoffs for the first time in its history. Adding to the upheaval, team owner Bobby Smith engaged in a public spat with the management of the club’s arena, charging the Mooseheads lease was the worst in junior hockey. After threatening to leave for an older, smaller rink, the dispute was resolved, but only after municipal government intervened.[27]

The Mooseheads team that began the 2004-05 season was much improved over the previous year, going into the Christmas break eight games over .500. But play was inconsistent, and the team was often undisciplined and plagued by suspensions. Among them was an eight-game suspension of winger Frédérik Cabana for a knee-on-knee hit that sidelined Rimouski’s Sidney Crosby for two weeks. In response, Smith fired coach Shawn MacKenzie, replacing him with a former NHL linemate, Al MacAdam. Under MacAdam, the team ended the season strongly, finishing first in their division and moving on to the league final for the second time in three seasons. But the season came to an end when the Oceanic swept the Mooseheads in the final.[28]

Before announcing his retirement, MacAdam would coach again in 2005-06, a season in which the Mooseheads would finish fifth in their division, advancing to the second round of the playoffs. Replacing MacAdam was Cam Russell, a part owner of the club and 10-year NHL defenceman. Russell had earlier been an assistant coach with the Mooseheads. He would serve as both head coach and general manager.[29]

Russell’s best season as coach saw the club advance to the 2007-08 semi-finals, before losing in four games to the Olympiques. But the next two seasons were exercises in futility as the club finished out of the playoffs and in last place in their division. 2009-10 was the worst season in the team’s history, finishing with just 13 wins and a .191 record. Russell insisted it was necessary to break the cycle of boom-and-bust, setting the stage for a complete team rebuild. The club went into the 2010 and 2011 QMJHL midget drafts and CHL import drafts with a number of early round picks.[30] A few games into the 2010-11 season, Russell stepped away from the bench to become the club’s full-time general manager, with Bobby Smith taking over the head coach’s role. "We've got very good young players in place. Patiently over the last couple of years, Cam has put the roster together," said Smith. "We've got a lot of young guys with lots of upside and I think we'll be a very good team going forward."[31] The Mooseheads finished the season with a divisional fifth place finish, but were swept in the first round of the playoffs.

The MacKinnon manoeuverEdit

In 2011, another Nova Scotia prospect was attracting the attention of hockey watchers and drawing comparisons to Sidney Crosby. Nathan MacKinnon was a fast-skating forward from Dartmouth who, like Crosby, had developed his skills in the Cole Harbour minor hockey system. MacKinnon was a life-long fan: his family had long held season tickets and had billeted several Mooseheads players. Still stung by the missed opportunity to land Crosby nine years earlier, the club was determined to add MacKinnon to the Mooseheads roster; however, it was the Baie Comeau Drakkar that held the first pick in the June, 2011 QMJHL midget draft. The Drakkar chose to select him, despite MacKinnon’s signalling he would choose to play in the U.S. rather than sign with Baie Comeau.[32] Five weeks later, the Drakkar agreed to trade MacKinnon to Halifax in exchange for two top forwards and a startling three consecutive first round draft picks.[33]

“Nathan’s a franchise player and he’s someone who can lift you out of your seat every night,” said Russell. “Those guys are rare enough but he’s also from here. There were just too many good reasons to make that deal.”[34]


Nathan MacKinnon

The results of Russell’s strategic rebuilding program were evident in the 2011-12 season, but perhaps none of the changes was more important than the selection of a new coach. Dominique Ducharme was a former junior AAA head coach and QMJHL assistant coach who impressed club management with his coaching philosophy.

“I’m structured and I like to have our team being involved and being aggressive on the puck. Offensively, I want everyone involved. I like to have 20 guys in the lineup who are ready to make a difference and be involved,” Ducharme told a May, 2011 press conference.[35]

Ducharme would have no shortage of resources to work with. A trade with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies netted them the second pick overall in the 2011 midget draft, allowing the Mooseheads to select highly-ranked centre Jonathan Drouin. With the eleventh pick, the club chose Montreal goaltender Zachary Fucale.[36] In the 2010 import draft the club had acquired Czech power forward Martin Frk.[37] With these and other key acquisitions, the team was poised to end in a three-year slump in which they had not won a playoff game. The Moose finished the regular season with a winning .625 record, advancing to the President Cup semi-final with a sweep of the Moncton Wildcats, followed by a dramatic comeback win over the Quebec Remparts in round two, after trailing in the series 0-3. They lost the semi-final to Rimouski in six games.

The 2012-13 Mooseheads would be the most successful in the franchise’s history. They finished the season atop all teams in the Canadian Hockey League with just six regulation losses and a .882 record, outscoring their opposition 347-176. Anchored by Drouin and MacKinnon, the team had seven players with a plus-40 rating or better. With all that firepower, Ducharme noted the team’s defence, led by German import Konrad Abeltshauser, was often underrated. In the playoffs, the team improved its winning record to .941, sweeping three rounds before losing one game to Baie Comeau in the final en route to a home ice President’s Cup win.[38]

The Mooseheads then went on to compete in the 2013 Memorial Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After finishing the round robin with a 2-1 record, they faced and defeated the Portland Winterhawks in the tournament final by a score of 6–4. Nathan MacKinnon recorded two hat-tricks during the tournament, including one in the championship game. It marked the third straight Memorial Cup championship for the QMJHL.[39]

In the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, four members of the Mooseheads were selected, including MacKinnon at #1, Drouin at #3 and Fucale as the top goalie, at #36 overall. [40]

2013-14 would prove to be the club’s second-most successful season to date. While MacKinnon had departed for Colorado, Drouin and Fucale both returned to the Mooseheads lineup, and the club added a couple of star forwards by way of the 2013 import draft, Nikolaj Ehlers and Timo Meier.[41] The Mooseheads finished the season with a second straight divisional title on a winning .713 percentage; however the dream of a second straight President’s Cup trophy died after a seven-game semi-final loss to the Val-d'Or Foreurs.

Retrenchment and rebuildingEdit

The club found itself in a rebuilding mode once again in the 2014-15 season. With the departure of more Memorial Cup veterans, including Fucale and Drouin, more weight rested on the shoulders of Ehlers and Meier. After a fourth-place divisional finish, the team upset favoured Shawinigan Cataractes in the first playoff round, before falling to the Moncton Wildcats in seven games.[42]

The following season would see the club fall back into losing territory, recording only 21 wins and finishing out of the playoffs in sixth place in the Maritimes division. The Ducharme era came to a close, with the coach moving to the Drummondville Voltigeurs before taking on the role of head coach of the national junior team.[43] In May, the club inked a five-year deal with former NHL assistant coach Andre Tourigny to take over as head coach.[44] But Tourigny’s reign was short-lived. While the team showed improvement in 2016-17, finishing in fifth place, they were ousted by Rouyn-Noranda 2-4 in the opening round of the playoffs. Tourigny departed for the OHL at the end of the season.[45]

The Mooseheads made history at the 2016 QMJHL draft by being the first ever team to have the first and second overall picks when they selected highly touted prospects Benoit-Olivier Groulx and Truro's Jared McIsaac.[46]

As the 2017-18 season approached, Smith and Russell were already looking forward to the club’s 25th anniversary season. At the centre of their plans was a bid for the 2019 Memorial Cup tournament but, more than that, to make sure the Mooseheads were legitimate contenders for a second national junior title. The CHL announced in May, 2018 that Halifax had won the right to host the event, beating out a rival proposal from Moncton. [47] Among the commitments made by Halifax was a promise to keep ticket prices affordable after high prices in previous tournaments were blamed for empty seats. The club pegged the cost of tournament passes for season ticket holders at $320, less than half the price of passes at the 2018 tournament in Regina.[48]

The Mooseheads began the season by moving offices, training and practice facilities to the RBC Centre, an advanced new $43 million four-pad arena in Dartmouth.[49]

Quarter-century and beyondEdit

Assistant coach Jim Midgley took over the head coaching duties for the 2017-18 season, looking for improved results from the returning Olivier-Groulx and MacIsaac, along with goaltender Alexis Gravel and veteran Max Fortier. While import star Nico Hischier had departed after one season, selected first overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the club had signed another top Czech prospect, Filip Zadina.[50] The team improved its standing to second in the division, but again fell short in the playoffs, losing to the Charlottetown Islanders in the second round in four straight.

The club began its 25th anniversary year with another coaching change. Éric Veilleux was a former NHL forward and AHL head coach who had led the Shawinigan Cataractes to a Memorial Cup crown in 2012. General manager Cam Russell said that, in Veilleux, the Mooseheads saw a bench boss who could do the same for Halifax. "In nine years as a head coach in major junior, he had one losing season and has been to the finals three times, won a Memorial Cup and CHL coach of the year, so lots to like," said Russell. [51]

The team bulked up for a deep playoff run by trading for veteran players, including Antoine Morand and Samuel Asselin from the reigning Memorial Cup champion Acadie-Bathurst Titan, and Bridgewater, Nova Scotia native Keith Getson from the Charlottetown Islanders. The team responded, finishing the season with its second-best all-time record, 49 wins and a .750 percentage, good for first place in the Maritimes Division. After a first round, seven-game, come-from-behind win over Quebec in the first round, the Mooseheads finished off Moncton Wildcats in four straight, then beat Drummondville in six games in a semi-final matchup. The Mooseheads were led by the production of first round draft prospect Raphael Lavoie, who led the league in playoff scoring with 20 goals. In the final, the Mooseheads ran into the red-hot Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, a team that had finished the regular season with 59 wins, and had lost only two playoff games. The Huskies won the final in six games, hoisting the President’s Cup on Halifax ice. [52]

The two teams would meet again in the Memorial Cup tournament: the Huskies as QMJHL champions; the Mooseheads as hosts. The Mooseheads advanced with a bye to the championship game on the strength of a 2-1 round robin, but in first place on the strength of goaltender Alex Gravel’s stingy netminding. But the Huskies dominance would continue, handing the Mooseheads their lone loss of the round robin, then winning in the final by a score of 4-2. [53]

Despite the loss, the successful tournament was a fitting end to a memorable anniversary season. Regular season scoring leader Asselin spoke for his teammates in saying, “I am really grateful that I had the chance to be part of something like that. The friends I made here, the brothers I made here, it’s a year that I am going to cherish forever.” [54]


*interim (regular head coach fired, sick or suspended)


NHL first round draft picksEdit

Year # Player Nationality NHL team
2018 6 Filip Zadina (RW)   Czech Republic Detroit Red Wings
2017 1 Nico Hischier (C)   Switzerland New Jersey Devils
2015 9 Timo Meier (RW)    Switzerland San Jose Sharks
2014 9 Nikolaj Ehlers (LW)   Denmark Winnipeg Jets
2013 1 Nathan MacKinnon (C)   Canada Colorado Avalanche
2013 3 Jonathan Drouin (LW)   Canada Tampa Bay Lightning
2007 7 Jakub Voracek (RW)   Czech Republic Columbus Blue Jackets
2007 19 Logan MacMillan (C)   Canada Anaheim Ducks (from Minnesota)
2001 8 Pascal Leclaire (G)   Canada Columbus Blue Jackets
1998 12 Alex Tanguay (C)   Canada Colorado Avalanche (from San Jose)
1995 13 Jean-Sébastien Giguère (G)   Canada Hartford Whalers (from New York Rangers)
Brad Marchand

NHL alumniEdit

Bold: Stanley Cup winner

Retired numbersEdit


All 25 TeamEdit

The club marked its first quarter century in 2018-19 by naming the Mooseheads’ all-time, all-star team. Members were chosen by fan ballot from a shortlist of 100 names.[57]

Head coach: Dominique Ducharme (Acquired 2011)

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Drafted
31   Zachary Fucale G L 24 2011 Rosemère QC 2013 Montreal Canadiens
47   Jean-Sébastien Giguère G L 42 1994 Laval QC 1995 Hartford Whalers
10   Konrad Abeltshauser D L 26 2009 Bad Tölz, Germany 2010 San Jose Sharks
2   Andrew Bodnarchuk D L 30 2005 Drumheller AB 2006 Boston Bruins
52   Mackenzie Weegar D R 25 2012 Nepean ON 2013 Florida Panthers
7   Trey Lewis. D L 26 2010 Moncton NB Undrafted
14   Jared MacIsaac D L 20 2012 Truro NS 2018 Detroit Red Wings
36   Ali MacEachern D R 38 1997 Inverness NS Undrafted
22   Nathan MacKinnon C R 23 2011 Halifax NS 2013 Colorado Avalanche
27   Jonathan Drouin LW L 24 2011 Ste-Agathe-des-Monts QC 2013 Tampa Bay Lightning
18   Alex Tanguay C L 39 1996 Ste-Justine QC 1998 Colorado Avalanche
24   Nikolaj Ehlers LW L 23 2013 Aalborg, Denmark 2014 Winnipeg Jets
20   Jakub Voráček RW L 29 2006 Kladno, Czech Republic 2007 Columbus Blue Jackets
13   Nico Hischier C L 20 2016 Naters, Switzerland 2017 New Jersey Devils
41   Maxime Fortier RW R 21 2014 Montreal QC Undrafted
17   Ladislav Nagy C R 40 1998 Prešov, Slovakia 1997 St. Louis Blues

Team recordsEdit

Team records for a single season[58][59]
Statistic Total Season
Most points 120 2012–13
Most wins 52 2012–13
Fewest points 33 2009-10
Fewest wins 13 2009-10
Most goals for 347 2012–13
Fewest goals for 171 2009-10
Fewest goals against 164 2018-19
Most goals against 317 1994-95
Highest average attendance 8686 2012-13
Lowest average attendance 3768 1994-95
Individual player records for a single season[60][61]
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Ladislav Nagy 71 1998-99
Most assists Ramzi Abid; Brandon Reid (tie) 80 1999-2000
Most points Ramzi Abid 137 1999-2000
Most points, rookie Ladislav Nagy 126 1998-99
Most points, defenceman Jasmin Gelinas 87 1999-2000
Most goals, defenceman Mario Dumoulin 23 1998-99
Most penalty minutes Carlyle Lewis 425 1998-99
Best GAA[62], goaltender Zachary Fucale 2.26 2013-14
Most shutouts, goaltender Zachary Fucale 6 2013-14
Plus/Minus Nikolaj Ehlers +65 2013-14

Yearly resultsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
1994–95 72 24 42 6 - - 54 0.375 257 317 6th in Dilio Division
1995–96 70 32 36 2 - - 66 0.471 258 262 4th in Dilio Division
1996–97 70 37 29 4 - - 78 0.557 267 255 3rd in Dilio Division
1997–98 70 24 41 5 - - 53 0.379 263 316 5th in Dilio Division
1998–99 70 46 20 4 - - 96 0.686 298 206 2nd in Dilio Division
1999–2000 72 41 20 6 5 - 93 0.611 316 259 2nd in Maritimes Division
2000–01 72 32 24 10 6 - 80 0.514 235 253 1st in Maritimes Division
2001–02 72 39 21 9 3 - 90 0.604 267 197 2nd in Maritimes Division
2002–03 72 44 15 10 3 - 101 0.681 289 206 1st in Maritimes Division
2003–04 70 17 43 7 3 - 44 0.293 194 274 4th in Atlantic Division
2004–05 70 42 16 10 2 - 96 0.671 242 172 1st in Atlantic Division
2005–06 70 35 33 - 1 1 72 0.507 246 258 5th in East Division
2006–07 70 32 31 - 3 4 71 0.457 269 287 6th in East Division
2007–08 70 42 23 - 6 2 89 0.600 278 241 1st in East Division
2008–09 68 19 41 - 3 5 46 0.279 193 290 6th in Atlantic Division
2009–10 68 13 48 - 3 4 33 0.191 171 288 6th in Atlantic Division
2010–11 68 20 43 - 2 3 45 0.331 186 262 5th in Maritimes Division
2011–12 68 39 22 - 2 5 85 0.625 250 238 2nd in Maritimes Division
2012–13 68 58 6 - 3 1 120 0.882 347 176 1st in Telus Maritimes Division
President's Cup champion
Memorial Cup champion
2013–14 68 47 18 - - 3 97 0.713 292 182 1st in Telus Maritimes Division
2014–15 68 32 30 - 4 2 70 0.515 227 242 4th in Maritimes Division
2015–16 68 21 39 - 7 1 50 0.345 193 277 6th in Maritimes Division
2016–17 68 27 35 - 3 3 60 0.441 229 259 5th in Maritimes Division
2017–18 68 43 18 - 6 1 93 0.684 270 223 2nd in Maritimes Division
2018–19 68 49 15 - 2 2 102 0.750 300 164 1st in Maritimes Division


Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1994-95 L, 3–4, Beauport - - -
1995-96 1–5 in round-robin - - -
1996-97 W, 3–1, Beauport W, 4–3, Shawinigan L, 3–4, Chicoutimi -
1997-98 L, 1–4, Rimouski - - -
1998-99 Bye L, 1–4, Acadie-Bathurst - -
1999-2000 W, 4–2, Baie-Comeau L, 0–4, Rimouski - -
2000-01 L, 2–4, Rimouski - - -
2001–02 W, 4–3, Rimouski L, 2–4, Cape Breton - -
2002–03 W, 4–0, Cape Breton W, 4–3, Acadie-Bathurst W, 4–3, Baie-Comeau L, 3–4, Hull
2003–04 - - - -
2004–05 Bye W, 4–1, Gatineau W, 4–0, Rouyn-Noranda L, 0–4, Rimouski
2005–06 W, 4–2, Lewiston L, 1–4, Moncton - -
2006–07 W, 4–3, Moncton L, 1–4, Lewiston - -
2007–08 W, 4–2, Victoriaville W, 4–1, Cape Breton L, 0–4, Gatineau -
2008–09 - - - -
2009–10 - - - -
2010–11 L, 0–4, Montreal - - -
2011–12 W, 4–0, Moncton W, 4–3, Quebec L, 2–4, Rimouski -
2012–13 W, 4–0, Saint John W, 4–0, Gatineau W, 4–0, Rouyn-Noranda W, 4–1, Baie-Comeau
2013–14 W, 4–0, Charlottetown W, 4–1, Gatineau L, 3–4, Val-d'Or -
2014–15 W, 4–3, Shawinigan L, 3–4, Moncton - -
2015–16 - - - -
2016–17 L, 2–4, Rouyn-Noranda - - -
2017–18 W, 4–1, Baie-Comeau L, 0–4, Charlottetown - -
2018–19 W, 4–3, Quebec W, 4–0, Moncton W, 4–2, Drummondville L, 2–4, Rouyn-Noranda

Memorial CupEdit

Canadian Hockey League championship

Season Round robin Semi-final Final
1999-2000 2-1 L, 3-6 Barrie Colts -
2012-13 2-1 Bye W, 6-4 Portland Winterhawks
2018-19 2-1 Bye L, 2-4 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies


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