The Charlottetown Islanders are a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, the Islanders play their home games at the Eastlink Centre, which has 3,717 arena seats.
|City||Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island|
|League||Quebec Major Junior Hockey League|
|Home arena||Eastlink Centre|
|Colours||Black, harvest gold and white|
|General manager||Jim Hulton|
|Head coach||Jim Hulton|
Originally located in Montreal, Quebec, and called the Montreal Rocket, the team relocated to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in 2003. They were named after the legendary Maurice Richard (known as the Rocket) of the Montreal Canadiens, and their team crest depicted his number, 9.
Beginning in the 2013–14 season, the Rocket rebranded as the Charlottetown Islanders.
President and governor Serge Savard Jr. confirmed on April 17, 2013, that the QMJHL had contacted the Rocket two days earlier with a proposal to buy the struggling franchise. Savard said he intended to accept the offer, somewhere in the area of $3.5 million, unless he was able to find a local buyer or buyers for the team. Savard said league commissioner Gilles Corteau had given him until April 26 to secure a buyer. One interested group intended to relocate the team to Sorel, Quebec.
However, an ownership group led by Geoff Boyle agreed to purchase the team, ensuring its future in Charlottetown for 2013–14 and beyond. The new Islanders logo and colour scheme was unveiled on May 27.
In the 2014–15 season, for the first time since the franchise began as the P.E.I. Rocket, the Charlottetown Islanders advanced to the second round of the QMJHL playoffs, after defeating the Sherbrooke Phoenix 4–2 in the first round. However, in the second round, they ended up getting eliminated by the Quebec Remparts 4–0.
On June 29, 2015, the Islanders hired Jim Hulton as head coach after Gordie Dwyer was relieved of his duties as head coach.
On March 29, 2016, the Islanders set a new QMJHL record for most shots on goal in one period of a playoff game with 32. The previous record was 30, shared by four teams
On June 4, 2016, the Charlottetown Islanders hosted the 2016 QMJHL Draft, after doing the same thing back in 2006 when they were named the P.E.I. Rocket.
On April 13, 2017, the Islanders advanced to the third round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, eliminating the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles four games to none.
- 9 Maurice Richard Montreal Rocket
- 22 Pierre-André Bureau P.E.I. Rocket (2000–05)
- 1999–2000 Edo Terglav (42 games); Francis Emery (15 games); Yann Joseph (9 games)
- 2000–01 Edo Terglav (70 games); Michael Lambert (1 game); Jordan Trew (1 game); Jean-Michel Boisvert (1 game)
- 2001–02 Marc Villeneuve
- 2002–03 Pierre-André Bureau
- 2003–04 Pierre-André Bureau
- 2004–05 Maxim Lapierre
- 2005–06 David Laliberté
- 2006–07 David Laliberté (67 games); Marc-André Gragnani (1 game)
- 2007–08 Pierre-Luc Lessard (37 games); Bryan Main (21 games); Geoff Walker (8 games); Matthew Lachaine (5 games)
- 2008–09 Matthew Lachaine (27 games); Maxime Provencher (25 games); Joël Champagne (16 games)
- 2009–10 Jean-Philippe Mathieu
- 2010–11 Travis McIsaac
- 2011–12 Matthew Hobbs, Josh Currie
- 2012–13 Josh Currie
- 2013–14 Jack Nevins (41 games)
- 2014–15 Ryan MacKinnon
- 2015–16 Quinn O'Brien, Oliver Cooper
- 2016–17 Guillaume Brisebois
- 2017–18 Pierre-Olivier Joseph
- 2019–20 Brendan Clavelle
- 2020–present Brett Budgell
Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss
|2013–14||68||21||39||-||3||5||50||0.368||186||256||Tied 4th Maritimes|
|Season||1st round||2nd round||3rd round||Finals|
|1999–00||L, 1–4, Drummondville||-||-||-|
|2001–02||L, 3–4, Hull||-||-||-|
|2002–03||L, 3–4, Sherbrooke||-||-||-|
|2003–04||W, 4–1, Quebec||L, 2–4, Moncton||-||-|
|2005–06||L, 2–4, Acadie Bathurst||-||-||-|
|2006–07||L, 3–4, Acadie Bathurst||-||-||-|
|2007–08||L, 0–4, Saint John||-||-||-|
|2008–09||L, 1–4, Moncton||-||-||-|
|2009–10||L, 1–4, Saint John||-||-||-|
|2010–11||L, 1–4, Shawinigan||-||-||-|
|2012–13||L, 2–4, Val-d'Or||-||-||-|
|2013–14||L, 0–4, Halifax||-||-||-|
|2014–15||W, 4–2, Sherbrooke||L, 0–4, Quebec||-||-|
|2015–16||W, 4–2, Rimouski||L, 2–4, Shawinigan||-||-|
|2016–17||W, 4–0, Baie-Comeau||W, 4–0, Cape Breton||L, 1–4, Blainville-Boisbriand||-|
|2017–18||W, 4–3, Quebec||W, 4–0, Halifax||L, 3–4, Blainville-Boisbriand||-|
|2018–19||L, 2-4, Cape Breton||-||-||-|
|2019–20||QMJHL playoffs cancelled|
|2020–21||Bye||W, 3–0, Acadie-Bathurst||L, 2–3, Victoriaville||-|
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