The 2003–04 QMJHL season was the 35th season in the history of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The league continued to expand to new eastern markets, with teams relocating to Maine and Prince Edward Island. Conferences were abandoned and teams were divided into three divisions by geography. Sixteen teams played 70 games each in the schedule.

The Lewiston Maineiacs became the league's second American-based team in history after the Plattsburgh Pioneers, and first to survive a full season. The P.E.I. Rocket also became the first major junior hockey team based on Prince Edward Island.

Rookie Sidney Crosby led the league in scoring as a 16-year old, and won the Michel Brière Memorial Trophy as the MVP of the regular season.

The Gatineau Olympiques finished first overall in the regular season winning their fourth Jean Rougeau Trophy, and also won their sixth President's Cup, defeating the Moncton Wildcats in the finals.

Team changesEdit

Final standingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OL = Overtime loss; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

Western Division GP W L T OL Pts GF GA
y-Gatineau Olympiques 70501370107306179
x-Shawinigan Cataractes 7039214688259215
x-Rouyn-Noranda Huskies7030279473260265
x-Val-d'Or Foreurs70292910270213222
x-Drummondville Voltigeurs70273010367210224
Victoriaville Tigres7020435247204295
Eastern Division GP W L T OL Pts GF GA
y-Rimouski Océanic7034285376284252
x-Chicoutimi Saguenéens7032277475218220
x-Lewiston Maineiacs7033315172233215
x-Quebec Remparts7028327366210245
x-Baie-Comeau Drakkar7021425249195285
Atlantic Division GP W L T OL Pts GF GA
y-Cape Breton Screaming Eagles70491623103273164
x-Moncton Wildcats7046193297270206
x-P.E.I. Rocket7040195691251189
Halifax Mooseheads7017437344194274
Acadie-Bathurst Titan7018493039184314
y-received first-round bye
x-made playoffs

Scoring leadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Sidney Crosby Rimouski Océanic 59 54 81 135 74
Dany Roussin Rimouski Océanic 66 59 58 117 70
Maxime Talbot Gatineau Olympiques 66 59 58 98 41
Jean-Michel Daoust Gatineau Olympiques 60 31 65 96 82
Benoit Mondou Shawinigan Cataractes 68 34 61 95 32
Pascal Pelletier Shawinigan Cataractes 64 39 52 91 85
Yannick Tifu Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 70 42 48 90 39
Guillaume Fournier Victoriaville / Gatineau 65 40 48 88 28
Francois-Pierre Guenette Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 69 34 51 85 26
Karl Gagne Moncton Wildcats 68 24 60 84 20
Michael Lambert P.E.I. Rocket 67 42 42 84 53

Canada-Russia ChallengeEdit

The 2003–04 season was the first time the Canada-Russia challenge was played. The event, then known as the RE/MAX Canada-Russia Challenge was hosted by the Halifax Mooseheads and the Rimouski Océanic. On November 20, 2003, the Russian Selects defeated the QMJHL All-stars 3–2 at the Halifax Metro Centre. On November 24, 2003, the QMJHL All-stars defeated the Russian Selects 6–2 at Colisée de Rimouski.


Each regular season division winner received a first round bye, and ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall. Remaining teams were ranked 4th to 13th, regardless of division.

Maxime Talbot was the leading scorer of the playoffs with 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists).

  First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  1  Gatineau 4  
    8  Rouyn-Noranda 0  
8  Rouyn-Noranda 4
9  Lewiston 3  
  1  Gatineau 4  
  7  Chicoutimi 2  
  2  Cape Breton 1
    7  Chicoutimi 4  
7  Chicoutimi 4
10  Val-d'Or 3  
  1  Gatineau 4
  4  Moncton 1
  3  Rimouski 4
    6  Shawinigan 0  
6  Shawinigan 4
11  Drummondville 3  
  3  Rimouski 1
  4  Moncton 4  
5  P. E. I. 4  
12  Quebec 0  
  4  Moncton 4
    5  P. E. I. 2  
4  Moncton 4
13  Baie-Comeau 0

All-star teamsEdit

First team
Second team
Rookie team

Trophies and awardsEdit


Team PhotosEdit

Game AdsEdit


Preceded by
2002–03 QMJHL season
QMJHL seasons Succeeded by
2004–05 QMJHL season
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