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The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League based in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada. The team plays its home games at the Iamgold Arena (previously known as Dave Keon Arena). The Huskies finished first overall in the QMJHL, during the 2007–08, 2015–16 and 2018–19 seasons, winning the Jean Rougeau Trophy. The team has won two President's Cups, and represented the QMJHL at the 2016 Memorial Cup, and as the 2019 Memorial Cup winners.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Huskies de Rouyn-Noranda
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.svg
CityRouyn-Noranda, Quebec
LeagueQuebec Major Junior Hockey League
DivisionTelus West
Founded1996
Home arenaArena Iamgold
ColoursBlack, red, silver and white
                   
General managerMario Pouliot
Head coachMario Pouliot
ChampionshipsMemorial Cup
2019
QMJHL Champions
2016, 2019
Websitewww.huskies.qc.ca
Franchise history
1933–1972Montreal Junior Canadiens
1972–1975Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge
1975–1982Montreal Juniors
1982–1984Verdun Juniors
1984–1989Verdun Junior Canadiens
1989–1996Saint-Hyacinthe Laser
1996–presentRouyn-Noranda Huskies

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HistoryEdit

 
Logo from 1996-2006

The Rouyn-Noranda franchise started out as the Montreal Junior Canadiens. While in Montreal, the team won three Memorial Cups in 1950, 1969 and 1970. The team has since played in Verdun and Saint-Hyacinthe.[citation needed]

On April 25, 1996, Sylvain Danis and Dave Morin, then owners of the Saint-Hyacinthe Laser, decided to transfer the team to Rouyn-Noranda. Aware that the "National Capital of Copper" is a city which breathes hockey, they were confident that it was the best decision for the franchise. Former NHL Hall of Famers from the area include Dave Keon and Jacques Laperrière.[citation needed]

The Huskies name was chosen to represent the tough and determined nature of the local citizens and mining community. The team is currently owned entirely by local interests and all the decisions of the sixteen shareholders are made in the interest of the team and the city which it represents.[citation needed]

Since 1996, the Huskies have won five regular season division titles, in 1998, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2016. Rouyn-Noranda finished first overall in the QMJHL in 2007–08 winning its first Jean Rougeau Trophy, posting 97 points in the regular season. The 2015-16 season marked the team's 20th anniversary and they posted their best record in franchise history finishing first in the QMJHL with a franchise record 113 points. The team won its first President's Cup since relocating to Rouyn-Noranda in 2016.[citation needed]

The team won its second President's Cup in the 2018-19 season, and went on to win the 2019 Memorial Cup.[citation needed]

CoachesEdit

AwardsEdit

NHL alumniEdit

Yearly resultsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

 
Goaltender Mickael Audette, wearing the jersey as of September 2010

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1996–97 70 16 49 5 - - 37 0.264 174 324 7th Lebel
1997–98 70 43 23 4 - - 90 0.643 338 245 1st Lebel
1998–99 70 36 23 11 - - 83 0.593 314 261 2nd Lebel
1999–2000 72 33 33 4 2 - 72 0.486 272 288 2nd West
2000–01 72 43 22 5 2 - 93 0.632 318 251 2nd West
2001–02 72 26 36 6 4 - 62 0.403 232 281 3rd West
2002–03 72 31 33 0 8 - 70 0.431 268 273 4th West
2003–04 70 30 27 9 4 - 73 0.493 260 265 3rd West
2004–05 70 31 23 11 5 - 78 0.521 266 244 1st West
2005–06 70 43 22 - 2 3 91 0.614 305 259 3rd West
2006–07 70 36 27 - 3 4 79 0.564 265 266 6th Telus
2007–08 70 47 20 - 2 1 97 0.693 294 238 1st Telus
2008–09 68 30 30 - 5 3 68 0.441 210 245 3rd West
2009–10 68 41 21 - 2 4 88 0.603 256 205 1st West
2010–11 68 12 50 - 4 2 30 0.221 151 339 6th West
2011–12 68 24 36 - 4 4 56 0.412 227 296 5th Telus West
2012–13 68 40 24 - 1 3 84 0.618 283 255 2nd Telus West
2013–14 68 35 28 - 3 2 75 0.551 254 243 5th Telus West
2014–15 68 33 30 - 4 1 71 0.522 246 245 4th West
2015–16 68 54 9 - 3 2 113 0.831 302 181 1st West
2016–17 68 43 18 - 0 2 93 0.684 272 181 1st West
2017-18 68 39 19 - 7 3 88 0.647 239 179 3e West
2018-19 68 59 8 - 8 1 119 0.875 320 138 1 QMJHL

PlayoffsEdit

Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1996-97 - - - -
1997-98 L, 4–2, Hull - - -
1998-99 Bye W, 4-3, Sherbrooke L, 4-0, Hull -
1999-00 W, 4-1, Sherbrooke L, 4-2, Hull - -
2000-01 W, 4-1, Hull L, 4-0, Shawinigan - -
2001–02 L, 4-0, Victoriaville - - -
2002–03 L, 4-0, Hull - - -
2003–04 W, 4-3, Lewiston L, 4-0, Gatineau - -
2004–05 Bye W, 4-2, Moncton L, 4-0, Halifax -
2005–06 L, 4-1, Shawinigan - - -
2006–07 W, 4–1, Gatineau W, 4-3, Drummondville L, 4-0, Lewiston -
2007–08 W, 4-0, Val-d'Or W, 4-0, Rimouski W, 4-0, Saint John L, 4-1, Gatineau
2008–09 L, 4-2, Montreal - - -
2009–10 W, 4-2, Val-d'Or L, 4-1, Moncton - -
2010–11 - - - -
2011–12 L, 4-0, Shawinigan - - -
2012–13 W, 4-1, Drummondville W, 4-1, Quebec L, 4-0, Halifax -
2013–14 W, 4-1, Quebec L, 4-0, Baie-Comeau - -
2014–15 L, 4-2, Val-d'Or - - -
2015–16 W, 4-0, Drummondville W, 4-1, Blainville-Boisbriand W, 4-2, Moncton W, 4-1, Shawinigan
2016–17 W, 4-2, Halifax L, 4-3, Chicoutimi - -
2017–18 L, 4-3, Sherbrooke - - -
2018–19 W, 4-2, Shawinigan W, 4-0, Victoriaville W, 4–0, Rimouski W, 4-2, Halifax

Memorial CupEdit

2015-16
Finished round-robin portion of Memorial Cup in 3rd place with 1-2 record.
Defeated Red Deer Rebels 3-1 in semi-final.
Lost to London Knights 3-2 in final. Finished 2nd place in Memorial Cup.

2018-19
Finished round-robin portion of Memorial Cup in 3rd place with 2-1 record.
Defeated Guelph Storm 6-4 in semi-final.
Defeated the Halifax Mooseheads 4-2 in the final. Won Memorial Cup.

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