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The Sherbrooke Phoenix is a major junior ice hockey team based in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, that plays in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The team plays its home games at the Palais des Sports Léopold-Drolet.

Sherbrooke Phoenix
Phoenix de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke Phoenix logo.svg
CitySherbrooke, Quebec
LeagueQuebec Major Junior Hockey League
DivisionTelus West
Founded2012 (2012)–13
Home arenaPalais des Sports Léopold-Drolet
ColoursNavy blue, baby blue, and beige
              
General managerJocelyn Thibault
Head coachStéphane Julien
Websitehttp://www.hockeyphoenix.ca/

HistoryEdit

The franchise was granted as a replacement for the Lewiston Maineiacs, which folded at the end of the 2010–11 QMJHL season.[1] On May 31, 2011, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League held a conference call to prepare an offer to purchase the team from Mark Just for 3.5 million dollars. The dissolved Maineiacs franchise were the Sherbrooke Castors prior to relocating to Lewiston, Maine prior to the start of the 2003–04 QMJHL season. The Phoenix marks the city's third attempt at a QMJHL franchise. On May 22, 2012, the Phoenix named former Champlain College Cougars head coach Judes Vallée the franchise's first head coach.[2]

The Phoenix made their inaugural draft selection in the QMJHL Bantam Draft, selecting Daniel Audette with the franchise's first ever draft pick. Audette is the son of former Buffalo Sabres forward Donald Audette. The Phoenix filled out their roster in an expansion draft. The Phoenix played the franchise's inaugural game against the Victoriaville Tigres on September 7, 2012, defeating the Tigres 4-2 in Victoriaville. Jeremie Beaudry scored the franchise's first regular season goal, while Daniel Audette recorded the first regular season assist. Beaudry's stay in Sherbrooke was however short lived as he was traded to the Quebec Remparts three months later. On January 13, 2013, the Phoenix recorded the franchise's first ever shutout against the two time league champion Saint John Sea Dogs. The Phoenix finished their inaugural season with a 21-38-3-6 record, which was good enough for 15th place in the QMJHL, which allowed them to make the playoffs for the first time. The excitement, however was short-lived as the team was swept out in the first round by the second seeded Baie-Comeau Drakkar, being outscored 27-7 in the series. Michael McNamee scored the Phoenix franchise's first ever playoff goal, while Brandon Lesway and Denis Kamaev recorded the first playoff assists in franchise history.

Team resultsEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime losses, SL = Shootout Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes, Finish = Finish in Division, Playoffs = Results in playoffs

Season GP W L OTL SL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2012–13 68 21 38 3 6 51 188 282 966 6th, Telus West Lost in First Round to Baie-Comeau 0-4
2013–14 68 16 43 4 5 41 180 300 1125 6th, Telus West Did not participate
2014–15 68 36 26 2 4 78 228 245 949 3rd, Telus West Lost in First Round to Charlottetown 2-4
2015–16 68 24 35 7 2 57 207 241 921 5th, Telus West Lost in First Round to Shawinigan 1-4
2016–17 68 26 38 1 3 56 214 268 715 6th, Telus West Did not participate
2017–18 68 34 23 7 4 79 228 234 690 4th, Telus West Wins First Round against Rouyn-Noranda 4-3
Lost in Second Round to Acadie–Bathurst 0-4
2018–19 68 36 27 2 3 77 249 247 566 3rd, Telus West Wins First Round against Blainville-Boisbriand 4-1
Lost in Second Round to Drummondville 4-1

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