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The Laval Rocket (French: Rocket de Laval) is a professional ice hockey team playing in the American Hockey League (AHL) as an affiliate of the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Montreal Canadiens. Based in Laval, Quebec, Canada, the Rocket play their home games at Place Bell.

Laval Rocket
2019–20 AHL season
Laval Rocket logo.svg
CityLaval, Quebec
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionNorth
Founded1969
Operated2017
Home arenaPlace Bell
ColoursRed, white and blue
              
Owner(s)Molson family (majority owner)
(Geoff Molson, chairman[1])
Head coachJoël Bouchard
CaptainXavier Ouellet
MediaAHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesMontreal Canadiens (NHL)
Websiterocketlaval.com
Franchise history
1969–1971Montreal Voyageurs
1971–1984Nova Scotia Voyageurs
1984–1990Sherbrooke Canadiens
1990–1999Fredericton Canadiens
1999–2002Quebec Citadelles
2002–2015Hamilton Bulldogs
2015–2017St. John's IceCaps
2017–presentLaval Rocket

The franchise was previously based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador as the St. John's IceCaps.

HistoryEdit

On July 11, 2016, the AHL and the Montreal Canadiens announced that they would be moving their affiliate to the Montreal suburb of Laval for the 2017–18 season.[2] A name-the-team contest was held from July 11 until August 31, with Patriots, Rapids and Rocket as the final three. On September 8, the winning Laval Rocket name was announced, a tribute to Canadiens' legend Maurice "Rocket" Richard which got a 51% majority of the fan votes.[3] The Rocket are the second hockey team in Greater Montreal to use that nickname, after the QMJHL's Montreal Rocket from 1999 until 2003. In June 2017, the franchise named Larry Carriere as general manager[4] and retained Sylvain Lefebvre as head coach, a position he held since 2012 when the franchise played as the Hamilton Bulldogs.[5]

In the 2017–18 season, Laval finished with a 24–42–7–3 record and placed last overall in the league. Lefebvre was relieved as head coach immediately upon the end of the season[6] and was replaced by Joel Bouchard, who had been serving as head coach and general manager of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the QMJHL.[7]

Team informationEdit

Logos and uniformsEdit

On January 31, 2017, the Laval Rocket revealed the logo and jersey design that the team would wear during their inaugural season.[8] The colours of the Laval Rocket jersey are red, white, and blue and were chosen to mirror the colours of their parent-club, the Montreal Canadiens. As a further tribute to Maurice "Rocket" Richard, patches with the number 9 and a stylized flame appear on each of the sleeves. The stylized flame is also found below the player's number on the back of the jersey and on the back of the player's socks. Each sleeve also has a shield patch with the word Le Rocket found inside. The name of the city the Rocket play out of, Laval, is displayed on each shoulder as well as in the neck tie region of the jersey.

The main logo is a large blue 'R' that is outlined and highlighted in white. The word 'Rocket' runs along the inside of the 'R' in white. While all other logos and patches alternate colours depending on the home or away jersey, the main logo remains blue on both the red and white jerseys.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points PCT Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Year 1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
2017–18 76 24 42 7 3 58 .382 206 281 7th, North 2018 Did not qualify
2018–19 76 30 34 6 6 72 .474 195 231 7th, North 2019 Did not qualify

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated October 17, 2019.[9][10][11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
27   Alexandre Alain C R 22 2018 Quebec City, Quebec Canadiens
16   Karl Alzner (A) D L 31 2018 Burnaby, British Columbia Canadiens
24   Riley Barber RW R 25 2019 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Canadiens
22   Alex Belzile (A) RW R 28 2018 Saint-Éloi, Quebec Canadiens
8   Josh Brook D R 20 2019 Roblin, Manitoba Canadiens
37   Joe Cox RW R 25 2019 Chelsea, Michigan Rocket
10   Jake Evans C R 23 2018 Toronto, Ontario Canadiens
18   Charles Hudon LW L 25 2019 Alma, Quebec Canadiens
11   Nikita Jevpalovs LW R 25 2018 Riga, Latvia Rocket
44   Noah Juulsen D R 22 2017 Surrey, British Columbia Canadiens
20   Maxim Lamarche D R 27 2018 Laval, Quebec Rocket
28   Otto Leskinen D L 22 2019 Pieksämäki, Finland Canadiens
35   Charlie Lindgren G R 25 2017 Lakeville, Minnesota Canadiens
39   Kevin Lynch C R 28 2019 Grosse Pointe, Michigan Rocket
25   Michael McCarron (A) C R 24 2017 Grosse Pointe, Michigan Canadiens
29   Gustav Olofsson D L 24 2018 Boras, Sweden Canadiens
43   Xavier Ouellet (C) D L 26 2018 Bayonne, France Canadiens
14   Matthew Peca C L 26 2019 Petawawa, Ontario Canadiens
15   William Pelletier LW L 26 2019 Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec Rocket
23   Michael Pezzetta C L 21 2018 Toronto, Ontario Canadiens
41   Ryan Poehling C L 20 2019 Lakeville, Minnesota Canadiens
31   Cayden Primeau G L 20 2019 Voorhees, New Jersey Canadiens
5   David Sklenicka D L 23 2018 Rakovnik, Czech Republic Canadiens
26   Phil Varone C L 28 2019 Vaughan, Ontario Canadiens
12   Lukas Vejdemo C L 23 2018 Stockhold, Sweden Canadiens
21   Dale Weise (A) RW R 31 2019 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canadiens

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Montreal Canadiens Team - Montréal Canadiens - Team: Administration". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  2. ^ "Canadiens moving AHL affiliate to Laval in 17-18". AHL. 11 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Laval's AHL team nickname unveiled". Montreal Canadiens. September 28, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "Canadiens name Carriere GM of AHL Laval Rocket". Sportsnet. 29 June 2017.
  5. ^ "LEFEBVRE NAMED HEAD COACH OF LAVAL, CARRIÈRE GM". AHL. 28 July 2017.
  6. ^ "SYLVAIN LEFEBVRE RELIEVED OF HIS DUTIES AS HEAD COACH OF THE LAVAL ROCKET". Laval Rocket. 17 April 2018.
  7. ^ Cowan, Stu (17 May 2018). "Montreal Canadiens name Joël Bouchard head coach of AHL's Laval Rocket". Montreal Gazette. Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Logo and uniform reveal of the Laval Rocket - Rocket de Laval". Rocket de Laval. 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  9. ^ "TheAHL.com – Laval Rocket Roster". Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  10. ^ "Rocket de Laval Twitter". Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  11. ^ "Canadiens Montreal Twitter". Retrieved 2019-10-17.

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