The 1979–80 QMJHL season was the 11th season in the history of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Ten teams played 72 games each in the schedule. The Sherbrooke Castors finished first overall in the regular season, winning the Jean Rougeau Trophy. The Cornwall Royals, led by rookie Dale Hawerchuk won the President's Cup, defeating the Sherbrooke Castors in the finals. Cornwall went on to win the 1980 Memorial Cup, winning their second Memorial Cup championship.
- The Laval National were renamed the Laval Voisins.
- The Verdun Éperviers returned to Sorel, Quebec, mid-season.
Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes
|J. F. Sauve||Trois-Rivières Draveurs||72||63||124||187||31|
|Guy Carbonneau||Chicoutimi Saguenéens||72||72||110||182||66|
|Denis Savard||Montreal Juniors||72||63||118||181||93|
|Pierre Aubry||Trois-Rivières Draveurs||72||85||62||147||82|
|Denis Cyr||Montreal Juniors||70||70||76||146||61|
|Alain Lemieux||Chicoutimi Saguenéens||72||47||95||142||36|
|Louis Begin||Sherbrooke Castors||70||60||73||133||54|
Dale Hawerchuk was the leading scorer of the playoffs with 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists).
- Sherbrooke Castors defeated Hull Olympiques 4 games to 0.
- Cornwall Royals defeated Shawinigan Cataractes 4 games to 3.
- Chicoutimi Saguenéens defeated Trois-Rivières Draveurs 4 games to 3.
- Montreal Juniors defeated Québec Remparts 4 games to 1.
- Sherbrooke Castors defeated Montreal Juniors 4 games to 1.
- Cornwall Royals defeated Chicoutimi Saguenéens 4 games to 1.
- Cornwall Royals defeated Sherbrooke Castors 4 games to 2.
- First team
- Goalkeeper - Paul Pageau, Shawinigan Cataractes
- Left defence - Fred Arthur, Cornwall Royals
- Right defence - Gaston Therrien, Québec Remparts
- Left winger - Gilles Hamel, Chicoutimi Saguenéens
- Centreman - J. F. Sauve, Trois-Rivières Draveurs & Denis Savard, Montreal Juniors
- Right winger - Denis Cyr, Montreal Juniors
- Coach - Doug Carpenter, Cornwall Royals
- Second team
- Goalkeeper - Corrado Micalef, Sherbrooke Castors
- Left defence - Normand Rochefort, Trois-Rivières Draveurs
- Right defence - Dave Ezard, Cornwall Royals
- Left winger - Pierre Aubry, Trois-Rivières Draveurs & Louis Begin, Sherbrooke Castors
- Centreman - Guy Carbonneau, Chicoutimi Saguenéens
- Right winger - Brian Johnson, Sherbrooke Castors
- Coach - Ghislain Delage, Sherbrooke Castors & Gaston Drapeau, Québec Remparts
- List of First/Second/Rookie team all-stars.
Trophies and awardsEdit
- President's Cup - Playoff Champions, Cornwall Royals.
- Jean Rougeau Trophy - Regular Season Champions, Sherbrooke Castors.
- Robert Lebel Trophy - Team with best GAA, Sherbrooke Castors.
- Michel Brière Memorial Trophy - Most Valuable Player, Denis Savard, Montreal Juniors.
- Jean Béliveau Trophy - Top Scorer, J. F. Sauve, Trois-Rivières Draveurs.
- Guy Lafleur Trophy - Playoff MVP, Dale Hawerchuk, Cornwall Royals.
- Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy - Best GAA, Corrado Micalef, Sherbrooke Castors.
- Emile Bouchard Trophy - Defenceman of the Year, Gaston Therrien, Québec Remparts.
- Michel Bergeron Trophy - Rookie of the Year, Dale Hawerchuk, Cornwall Royals .
- Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy - Most sportsmanlike player, J. F. Sauve, Trois-Rivières Draveurs.
1978–79 QMJHL season
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1980–81 QMJHL season
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