Laval Rocket

The Laval Rocket (French: Rocket de Laval) are 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
2021–22 AHL season
Laval Rocket logo.svg
CityLaval, Quebec
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionNorth
Founded1969
Home arenaPlace Bell
ColoursRed, white and blue
     
Owner(s)Molson family (majority owner)
(Geoff Molson, chairman[1])
Head coachJean-François Houle
CaptainXavier Ouellet
MediaEnglish:
AHL.TV (Internet)
TSN 690
French:
RDS
91.9 Sports
AffiliatesMontreal Canadiens (NHL)
Trois-Rivières Lions (ECHL)[2]
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
Championships
Division Championships1: (2020–21)

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.[3] 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.[4] 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[5] and retained Sylvain Lefebvre as head coach, a position he held since 2012 when the franchise played as the Hamilton Bulldogs.[6]

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[7] and was replaced by Joel Bouchard, who had been serving as head coach and general manager of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the QMJHL.[8]

For the 2020–21 season, the Rocket temporarily relocated to the Bell Centre in Montreal to share the facility with their parent team during the COVID-19 pandemic.[9] The Rocket were the Canadian Division champions and second-best winning percentage in the league, while playing only the other four teams based in Canada and no postseason during the pandemic. After the season ended, head coach Bouchard left the team at the end of his contract, compiling a 83–67–24 record over three seasons,[10] to become the head coach of the San Diego Gulls.[11] The Rocket then hired Jean-François Houle as their third head coach.[12]

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.[13] 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
2019–20 62 30 24 5 3 68 .548 183 182 6th, North 2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 36 23 9 3 1 50 .694 113 87 1st, Canadian 2021 No playoffs were held

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated December 2, 2021.[14][15][16]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
21   Terrance Amorosa D L 27 2021 Kirkland, Quebec Rocket
34   Brandon Baddock LW L 26 2021 Vermilion, Alberta Canadiens
17   J.C. Beaudin C R 24 2021 Longueuil, Quebec Rocket
47   Charles-David Beaudoin D R 27 2021 Drummondville, Quebec Rocket
7   Louie Belpedio D R 25 2021 Skokie, Illinois Canadiens
22   Alex Belzile RW R 30 2018 Saint-Éloi, Quebec Canadiens
20   Gabriel Bourque (A) LW L 31 2021 Rimouski, Quebec Rocket
8   Josh Brook   D R 22 2019 Roblin, Manitoba Canadiens
10   Jean-Sebastien Dea C R 27 2021 La Prairie, Quebec Canadiens
5   Tory Dello D R 24 2021 Crystal Lake, Illinois Rocket
2   Gianni Fairbrother D L 21 2021 North Vancouver, British Columbia Canadiens
19   Alexandre Fortin LW L 24 2021 Blainville, Quebec Rocket
37   Brandon Gignac C L 24 2021 Repentigny, Quebec Rocket
11   Rafaël Harvey-Pinard (A) LW L 22 2020 Jonquiere, Quebec Canadiens
16   Cameron Hillis C R 21 2021 Oshawa, Ontario Canadiens
18   Danick Martel LW L 26 2021 Drummondville, Quebec Rocket
40   Michael McNiven G L 24 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canadiens
36   Carl Neill D R 25 2021 Boisbriand, Quebec Rocket
43   Xavier Ouellet (C) D L 28 2018 Bayonne, France Canadiens
4   Tobie Paquette-Bisson D L 24 2020 Rosemere, Quebec Rocket
39   Kevin Poulin G L 31 2021 Montreal, Quebec Rocket
31   Cayden Primeau G L 22 2019 Farmington Hills, Michigan Canadiens
15   Kevin Roy LW L 28 2021 Greenfield Park, Quebec Rocket
6   Corey Schueneman (A) D L 26 2020 Milford, Michigan Canadiens
14   Joel Teasdale   LW L 22 2021 Repentigny, Quebec Canadiens
12   Lukas Vejdemo C L 25 2018 Stockholm, Sweden Canadiens
26   Jesse Ylonen RW R 22 2020 Scottsdale, Arizona Canadiens

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Montreal Canadiens Team - Montreal Canadiens - Team: Administration". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Canadiens announce affiliation with the new ECHL Trois-Rivières club". Montreal Canadiens. January 19, 2021. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  3. ^ "Canadiens moving AHL affiliate to Laval in 17-18". American Hockey League. July 11, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "Laval's AHL team nickname unveiled". Montreal Canadiens. September 8, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Canadiens name Carriere GM of AHL Laval Rocket". Sportsnet. June 29, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  6. ^ "LEFEBVRE NAMED HEAD COACH OF LAVAL, CARRIÈRE GM". American Hockey League. June 29, 2017. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "SYLVAIN LEFEBVRE RELIEVED OF HIS DUTIES AS HEAD COACH OF THE LAVAL ROCKET". Laval Rocket. April 17, 2018. Archived from the original on April 18, 2018. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  8. ^ Cowan, Stu (May 17, 2018). "Montreal Canadiens name Joël Bouchard head coach of AHL's Laval Rocket". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "THE LAVAL ROCKET TO PLAY ITS HOME GAMES AT THE BELL CENTRE FOR THE 2020-21 SEASON". Laval Rocket. January 6, 2021. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  10. ^ "Joël Bouchard quitte le Rocket de Laval". Le Journal de Montréal (in French). July 9, 2021. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  11. ^ "Anaheim Ducks Name Joel Bouchard San Diego Gulls Head Coach". OurSports Central. July 9, 2021. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  12. ^ "Jean-François Houle Appointed Head Coach of the Laval Rocket". OurSports Central. July 20, 2021. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  13. ^ "Logo and uniform reveal of the Laval Rocket - Rocket de Laval". Laval Rocket. January 31, 2017. Archived from the original on May 22, 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  14. ^ "Team – Rocket Laval". Laval Rocket. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  15. ^ "Rocket de Laval Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  16. ^ "Canadiens Montreal Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved December 2, 2021.

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