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This is the 1952-53 Quebec Junior Hockey League season:

The St Jerome Aigles folded for financial reasons. They were competing against the St Jerome Alouettes in the Provincial Senior League.

The Montreal Nationale also folded because they could not compete against the Junior Canadiens.

The Granby Royals, who did very poorly at the gate, moved back to Montreal. The team did not fold because that would have reduced the league to three teams which was unacceptable.

All-Star GameEdit

The defending champion Montreal Junior Canadiens defeated the league all-stars 7-3 on October 4th at the Montreal Forum.


Regular Season GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Junior Canadiens 47 37 10 0 230 107 74
Quebec Citadelles 48 30 15 3 187 152 63
Trois Rivieres Reds 48 14 31 3 131 208 31
Montreal Junior Royals 47 7 35 5 115 225 19

Note: The league played an interlocking schedule with the Ontario Hockey Association Junior A League.

Note: At the end of the season the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association suspended the Quebec Amateur Hockey Association over the eligibility of junior player Ron Attwell. Since this meant that the Quebec teams would not be playing in the Memorial Cup playoffs, the league's playoffs were lengthened.The Canadiens-Royals series could not be lengthened because of the lack of playing dates in Montreal.


Semi FinalsEdit

Best of 7

Date Winner Loser Location
March 1 Canadiens 4 Royals 1 Montreal
March 5 Canadiens 3 Royals 1 Montreal
March 8 Canadiens 7 Royals 2 Montreal
March 10 Canadiens 9 Royals 4 Montreal

Montreal Junior Canadiens beat Montreal Junior Royals 4 wins to none.

Best of 9

Date Winner Loser Location
March 1 Quebec 4 Trois Rivieres 2 Quebec City
March 3 Quebec 3 Trois Rivieres 2 Quebec City
March 7 Quebec 4 Trois Rivieres 1 Trois Rivieres
March 8 Trois Rivieres 4 Quebec 2 Trois Rivieres
March 10 Quebec 6 Trois Rivieres 2 Quebec City
March 12 Quebec 4 Trois Rivieres 1 Trois Rivieres

Quebec Citadelles beat Trois Rivieres Reds 5 wins to 1.


Best of 7

Date Winner Loser Location
March 15 Quebec 5 Canadiens 3 Quebec City
March 18 Quebec 4 Canadiens 3 Quebec City
March 22 Canadiens 2 Quebec 1 Montreal

Note: In the third game the Canadiens scored a disputed goal in the last minute. Quebec coach Phil Watson protested very strongly and raised a ruckus. The Quebec Amateur Hockey Association (QAHA) insisted on a security deposit from him before the fourth game. He refused.

The Citadelles then pulled out of the QAHA and informed the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) that they would join the Memorial Cup playoffs. The CAHA agreed. The QAHA then suspended the Citadelles and awarded the league title to the Canadiens.

Montreal Junior Canadiens beat the Quebec Citadelles.

Quebec Citadelles joined the 1952-53 Eastern Canada Memorial Cup Playoffs.

Exhibition ToursEdit

Montreal Junior CanadiensEdit

The Junior Canadiens went on a tour of the Maritimes during the Christmas break.

Quebec CitadellesEdit

The Citadelles also went on a tour of the Maritimes. They went after they were accepted by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to enter the Memorial Cup playoffs. This tour was meant to get them into shape since there was a week's layoff after the aborted Quebec final series.

Top Ten ScorersEdit

Player Team Games Goals Assists Points
Guy Rousseau Canadiens 46 43 52 95
Michel Labadie Quebec 47 35 43 78
Camille Henry Quebec 46 46 30 76
Henri Richard Canadiens 46 27 36 63
Roland Leclerc Quebec 48 32 31 63
Claude Provost Canadiens 46 24 36 60
Phil Goyette Canadiens 44 23 36 59
Raymond Cyr Quebec 47 22 35 57
Ross Watson Royals 45 16 31 47
Les Lilley Canadiens 44 27 18 45

All-Star TeamsEdit

First TeamEdit

Second TeamEdit

All-Star PhotosEdit


  • Most Valuable Player: Guy Rousseau, Canadiens
  • Outstanding Player: Guy Rousseau, Canadiens
  • Leading Scorer: Guy Rousseau, Canadiens
  • Best Rookie: Raymond Cyr, Quebec
  • Best Coach: Phil Watson, Quebec

Team PhotosEdit

Game AdsEdit

See AlsoEdit

Quebec Junior Hockey League

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