Laval Rocket

The Laval Rocket (French: Rocket de Laval) is 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
2019–20 AHL season
CityLaval, Quebec
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionNorth
Founded1969
Operated2017
Home arenaPlace Bell
ColoursRed, white and blue
              
Owner(s)Molson family (majority owner)
(Geoff Molson, chairman[1])
Head coachJoël Bouchard
CaptainXavier Ouellet
MediaAHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesMontreal Canadiens (NHL)
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

The franchise was previously based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador as the St. John's IceCaps.

History

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.[2] 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.[3] 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[4] and retained Sylvain Lefebvre as head coach, a position he held since 2012 when the franchise played as the Hamilton Bulldogs.[5]

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

Team information

Logos and uniforms

On January 31, 2017, the Laval Rocket revealed the logo and jersey design that the team would wear during their inaugural season.[8] 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 results

Regular season Playoffs
Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points PCT Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Year 1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
2017–187624427358.3822062817th, North2018Did not qualify
2018–197630346672.4741952317th, North2019Did not qualify

Players

Current roster

Updated December 14, 2019.[9][10][11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
27 Alexandre Alain C R 22 2018 Quebec City, Quebec Canadiens
16 Karl Alzner (A) D L 31 2018 Burnaby, British Columbia Canadiens
22 Alex Belzile (A) RW R 28 2018 Saint-Éloi, Quebec Canadiens
8 Josh Brook D R 20 2019 Roblin, Manitoba Canadiens
37 Joe Cox RW R 25 2019 Chelsea, Michigan Rocket
45 Ralph Cuddemi RW R 26 2019 Concord, Ontario Rocket
7 Ryan Culkin D L 26 2018 Montreal, Quebec Rocket
10 Jake Evans C R 23 2018 Toronto, Ontario Canadiens
18 Charles Hudon LW L 25 2019 Alma, Quebec Canadiens
11 Nikita Jevpalovs LW R 25 2018 Riga, Latvia Rocket
44 Noah Juulsen D R 22 2017 Surrey, British Columbia Canadiens
1 Keith Kinkaid G L 30 2019 Farmingville, New York Canadiens
20 Maxim Lamarche D R 27 2018 Laval, Quebec Rocket
28 Otto Leskinen D L 22 2019 Pieksämäki, Finland Canadiens
39 Kevin Lynch C R 28 2019 Grosse Pointe, Michigan Rocket
25 Michael McCarron (A) C R 24 2017 Grosse Pointe, Michigan Canadiens
2 Evan McEneny D L 25 2019 Grimsby, Ontario Rocket
29 Gustav Olofsson D L 25 2018 Boras, Sweden Canadiens
43 Xavier Ouellet (C) D L 26 2018 Bayonne, France Canadiens
15 William Pelletier LW L 27 2019 Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec Rocket
36 James Phelan C L 22 2019 Laval, Quebec Rocket
31 Cayden Primeau G L 20 2019 Farmington Hills, Michigan Canadiens
26 Phil Varone C L 29 2019 Vaughan, Ontario Canadiens
17 Hayden Verbeek C L 22 2018 Kingston, Ontario Canadiens
19 Antoine Waked RW R 23 2017 Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec Canadiens
21 Dale Weise (A) RW R 31 2019 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canadiens

References

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