Trois-Rivières Draveurs

The Trois-Rivières Draveurs ("Raftmen") were a Canadian junior ice hockey team playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). They played home games at the Colisée de Trois-Rivières, in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The team was originally known as the Trois-Rivières Ducs ("Dukes") and were a founding member of the QMJHL in 1969. They were renamed the Draveurs in 1973.

Trois-Rivières Draveurs
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CityTrois-Rivières, Quebec
LeagueQuebec Major Junior Hockey League
Operated1969 to 1992
Home arenaColisée de Trois-Rivières
Franchise history
1969–1973Trois-Rivières Ducs
1973–1992Trois-Rivières Draveurs
1992–1998Sherbrooke Faucons
1998–2003Sherbrooke Castors
2003–2011Lewiston Maineiacs

HistoryEdit

The Draveurs finished first place in the QMJHL in 1977–78 with 101 points, and again in 1978–79 with 122 points. Those two seasons, Trois-Rivières won consecutive President's Cups. The Draveurs were also league finalists in 1980–81, 1981–82, and 1991–92, during the final season in Trois-Rivières.[citation needed]

During the 1991–92 season, Manon Rhéaume was a goaltender for the Draveurs and became the first female to play in the Canadian Hockey League.[1][2]

The team moved to Sherbrooke, in 1992, where they were renamed the Sherbrooke Faucons, and later, the Sherbrooke Castors. They moved again in 2003 to become the Lewiston Maineiacs only to fold in 2011.[citation needed]

Notable coachesEdit

Notable playersEdit

  • Luc Tardif (later president of the International Ice Hockey Federation)[3]

NHL alumniEdit

List of Trois-Rivières players who also played in the National Hockey League (NHL).[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Trailblazer Manon Rheaume nears 25th anniversary of QMJHL game". Sportsnet. The Canadian Press. November 23, 2016.
  2. ^ Kearney, Mark; Ray, Randy (30 September 2006). Whatever Happened To-- ?. ISBN 9781550026542.
  3. ^ "Luc Tardif". eliteprospects.com. Everysport Media Group AB. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Trois-Rivières Draveurs alumni search". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. 2021. Retrieved June 16, 2021.