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
Laval Rocket logo.svg
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.

HistoryEdit

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 informationEdit

Logos and uniformsEdit

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 resultsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points PCT Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Year 1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
2017–18 76 24 42 7 3 58 .382 206 281 7th, North 2018 Did not qualify
2018–19 76 30 34 6 6 72 .474 195 231 7th, North 2019 Did not qualify
2019-20 62 30 24 5 3 68 .548 183 182 6th, North 2020 Season Cancelled due to COVID-19

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated July 2, 2020.[9][10][11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
27   Alexandre Alain C R 23 2018 Quebec City, Quebec Canadiens
22   Alex Belzile (A) RW R 28 2018 Saint-Éloi, Quebec Canadiens
46   Joseph Blandisi C L 25 2020 Markham, Ontario Canadiens
8   Josh Brook D R 21 2019 Roblin, Manitoba Canadiens
37   Joe Cox RW R 26 2019 Chelsea, Michigan Rocket
7   Ryan Culkin D L 26 2018 Montreal, Quebec Rocket
25   Laurent Dauphin C L 25 2020 Repentigny, Quebec Canadiens
10   Jake Evans C R 24 2018 Toronto, Ontario Canadiens
5   Cale Fleury D R 21 2018 Carlyle, Saskatchewan Canadiens
  Rafaël Harvey-Pinard LW L 21 2020 Jonquiere, Quebec Rocket
  Liam Hawel C R 21 2020 Kanata, Ontario Rocket
11   Nikita Jevpalovs LW R 25 2018 Riga, Latvia Rocket
44   Noah Juulsen D R 23 2017 Surrey, British Columbia Canadiens
45   Jesperi Kotkaniemi C L 19 2020 Pori, Finland Canadiens
20   Maxim Lamarche D R 27 2018 Laval, Quebec Rocket
28   Otto Leskinen D L 23 2019 Pieksämäki, Finland Canadiens
24   Jake Lucchini LW L 25 2020 Trail, British Columbia Canadiens
14   Aaron Luchuk C L 23 2020 Kingston, Ontario Canadiens
39   Kevin Lynch C R 29 2019 Grosse Pointe, Michigan Rocket
2   Evan McEneny D L 26 2019 Grimsby, Ontario Rocket
40   Michael McNiven G L 22 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canadiens
29   Gustav Olofsson D L 25 2018 Boras, Sweden Canadiens
15   William Pelletier LW L 27 2019 Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec Rocket
23   Michael Pezzetta LW L 22 2018 Toronto, Ontario Canadiens
41   Ryan Poehling C L 21 2019 Lakeville, Minnesota Canadiens
31   Cayden Primeau G L 20 2019 Farmington Hills, Michigan Canadiens
  Corey Schueneman D L 24 2020 Milford, Michigan Rocket
47   Andrew Sturtz RW R 25 2020 Buffalo, New York Canadiens
38   Yannick Veilleux LW L 27 2019 Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec Rocket
12   Lukas Vejdemo C L 24 2018 Stockholm, Sweden Canadiens
17   Hayden Verbeek C L 22 2018 Kingston, Ontario Canadiens
  Sam Vigneault C L 24 2020 Baie-Comeau, Quebec Rocket
19   Antoine Waked RW R 24 2017 Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec Canadiens
26   Jesse Ylonen RW R 20 2020 Scottsdale, Arizona Canadiens

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Montreal Canadiens Team - Montréal Canadiens - Team: Administration". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  2. ^ "Canadiens moving AHL affiliate to Laval in 17-18". AHL. 11 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Laval's AHL team nickname unveiled". Montreal Canadiens. September 28, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "Canadiens name Carriere GM of AHL Laval Rocket". Sportsnet. 29 June 2017.
  5. ^ "LEFEBVRE NAMED HEAD COACH OF LAVAL, CARRIÈRE GM". AHL. 28 July 2017.
  6. ^ "SYLVAIN LEFEBVRE RELIEVED OF HIS DUTIES AS HEAD COACH OF THE LAVAL ROCKET". Laval Rocket. 17 April 2018.
  7. ^ Cowan, Stu (17 May 2018). "Montreal Canadiens name Joël Bouchard head coach of AHL's Laval Rocket". Montreal Gazette. Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Logo and uniform reveal of the Laval Rocket - Rocket de Laval". Rocket de Laval. 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  9. ^ "TheAHL.com – Laval Rocket Roster". Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  10. ^ "Rocket de Laval Twitter". Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  11. ^ "Canadiens Montreal Twitter". Retrieved 2020-03-16.

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