Quebec Aces

The Quebec Aces, also known in French as Les As de Québec, were an amateur and later a professional men's ice hockey team from Quebec City, Quebec. The Aces were founded in 1928 by Anglo-Canadian Pulp and Paper Mills, the name Aces standing for Anglo-Canadian Employees with an s to form a plural. The French name was added later.[1] The Aces played until 1971, from 1930 on playing home games at the Quebec Coliseum. Most notable of the Aces' players was the legendary Jean Béliveau, who played for the Quebec Aces in 1951-52 and 1952-53.

Quebec Aces
CityQuebec City, Quebec
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
Operated1928–1971
Home arenaQuebec Coliseum
ColoursGreen, White & Red
AffiliatesPhiladelphia Flyers
Franchise history
1928–1971Quebec Aces
1971–1976Richmond Robins
Championships
Division Championships5 (2 QHL, 3 AHL)

The Aces were Allan Cup champions in 1944, while still playing as an amateur team. The Aces turned professional the following season, joining the Quebec Senior Hockey League (1944–1953), Quebec Hockey League (1953–1959) and American Hockey League (1959–1971).

The Aces were league champions of the Quebec Hockey League in 1953–54 and 1956–57, winning the Thomas O'Connell Memorial Trophy. The Aces challenged for the Edinburgh Trophy both seasons, versus the Western Hockey League champions, losing in 1953–54 versus the Calgary Stampeders, and winning in 1956–67 versus the Brandon Regals.

During the team's later years in the AHL, the Aces were the farm club for the Philadelphia Flyers four seasons from 1967 to 1971, giving the early Flyers teams a strong Quebec presence with players such as Andre Lacroix, Jean-Guy Gendron, Simon Nolet, Serge Bernier and Rosaire Paiement, all former Aces. The Flyers also owned the "Junior Aces" team which played in the Quebec Junior Hockey League since the 1964–65 season.[2] The Flyers sold the junior team's assets in 1969 to group who founded the Quebec Remparts.[3] Paul Dumont, served as the general manager of the Junior Aces.[4] In 1971, the Flyers chose to relocate their farm team to Richmond, Virginia. The Aces became the Richmond Robins for the 1971–72 season.

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Some results unavailable from 1928 to 1944.

SeasonGamesWonLostTiedPointsGoals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1936–3724131012781583rd, QAHA(MSG)
1937–3822128230†61372nd, QAHA(MSG)
1938–3922514315†62726th, QAHA(MSG)
1939–4030101462685856th, QAHA(MSG)
1940–413619125431511253rd, QAHA(MSG)
1942–433416144361491312nd, QSHL
1943–4418171034129501st, QSHL
1944–4524157232160892nd, QSHL
1945–465017303371491694th, QSHL
1946–474019156441591583rd, QSHL
1947–484823205511751854th, QSHL
1948–496022326501862135th, QSHL
1949–506035223732071752nd, QSHL
1950–516031227692281952nd, QSHL
1951–526037167812301681st, QSHL
1952–5360222612561781976th, QSHL
1953–547230348682162124th, QHL
1954–556031272652062082nd, QHL
1955–566423374501902304th, QHL
1956–576840217872261751st, QHL
1957–586429314622242334th, QHL
1958–596221338501762324th, QHL
1959–607219512401783337th, AHL
1960–617230393632172676th, AHL
1961–627030364642082074th, East
1962–6372332811772062104th, East
1963–647241301832582251st, East
1964–657244262902802231st, East
1965–667247214983372261st, East
1966–677235307772752493rd, East
1967–6872332811772772402nd, West
1968–6974263414662352583rd, West
1969–707227396602212723rd, East
1970–7172253116662112404th, East

† From 1936–39, Quebec played some 4-point games against Victorias and McGill. 1936-41: Source: Ottawa Citizen,1943–44: Ottawa Citizen[5]

Playoffs

American Hockey League seasons only.

Season1st round2nd roundFinals
1959–60Out of playoffs
1960–61Out of playoffs
1961–62Out of playoffs
1962–63Out of playoffs
1963–64W, 4-1, PittsburghbyeL, 0-4, Cleveland
1964–65L, 1-4, Rochester
1965–66L, 2-4, Rochester
1966–67L, 2-3, Baltimore
1967–68W, 3-2, BuffaloW, 3-1, ProvidenceL, 2-4, Rochester
1968–69W, 3-2, ClevelandW, 3-2, ProvidenceL, 1-4, Hershey
1969–70L, 2-4, Buffalo
1970–71L, 3-4, SpringfieldOut of playoffs

One game tiebreaker to determine final playoff position.

Other teams

The Aces name was revived by a team from the Ligue nord-américaine de hockey from 1997 to 1998, and 2001 to 2003. The team relocated in 2007 and is now known as Pont Rouge Lois Jeans.

References

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