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Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Logo Titan d'Acadie Bathurst 2014
City: Bathurst, New Brunswick
League: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Conference: Eastern
Division: Atlantic
Founded: 1998 (1998)–99
Home Arena: K.C. Irving Regional Centre
Colours: Blue, white, gold and red
                   
Head Coach: Flag of Canada Mario Pouliot
General Manager: Flag of Canada Sylvain Couturier
Franchise history
1969–1971: Rosemont National
1971–1979: Laval National
1979–1985: Laval Voisins
1985–1994: Laval Titan
1994–1998: Laval Titan Collège Français
1998–present: Acadie-Bathurst Titan


The Acadie-Bathurst Titan is a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). They play at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst, New Brunswick.

HistoryEdit

The franchise was granted in 1969–70 as the Rosemont National. In 1971, they moved from Rosemount to Laval to become the Laval National, and later the Laval Voisins. In 1985, they became the Laval Titan, and in 1994, they became the Laval Titan Collège Français following a merger with the Verdun Collège Français, and then in 1998, they moved to Bathurst. The "Acadie" term in the team name refers to the city's surroundings, where the Acadian population is a majority.

The franchise has won five President's Cups, one of which (in 1999) came during the team's tenure in Bathurst. In the Memorial Cup that year, the team finished winless in the round-robin. The most famous player that has come through the organization would undoubtedly be Mario Lemieux, who was drafted in 1984 by the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Lemieux played for the team during its tenure in Laval. Other famous franchise alumni include Mike Bossy, Gino Odjick, and Vincent Damphousse. Notable NHL alumni from Bathurst include Patrice Bergeron, François Beauchemin, Bruno Gervais, and Roberto Luongo.

In the 1999–00 season, the Titan had the first female to be drafted by a QMJHL team, Charline Labonté, a 17-year-old Quebec goalie who spent parts of two seasons with the team.[1]

Relocation speculationEdit

On February 7, 2009, amid much speculation, the Titan franchise was given a 30-day relocation application extension by the QMJHL Board of Governors. With the club continuing to struggle with attendance and the recent struggles of the economy in the area, the team was rumored to be on the move if things did not turn around in the foreseeable future. The team's owner, Leo-Guy Morissette, entertained offers from a group of local investors in the Bathrust area, as well as a group from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Morrissette eventually decided to sell the team to his daughter Annie Morrissette-Hebert and his son Stephane Morrissette, who would each own 50 per cent of the club. The move also ensured the team would remain in Bathurst for the 2009–10 season.

At the end of the 2009–10 season, Léo-Guy Morrissette bought back control of the team from his children at their request. He then retained ownership of the team through to April 2013, but after the Titan were eliminated in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, and with multiple years of consistently-low attendance records, Morrissette began contemplating selling the team. Local investors approached Morrissette about purchasing the Titan to keep them in Bathurst. Morrissette, in part pressured by low attendance figures and personal health issues, opted to sell the club to a group of local investors including steel industry businessman Leopold Theriault, Darrel Stohart and current NHL player Sean Couturier, as well as former Titan alumni and current NHLers Patrice Bergeron, Roberto Luongo, Bruno Gervais and Mathieu Perreault; the investors would all be part of a new 28+ member group led by Theriault. At the time of the sale, the team was reported to be worth just over $3 million.[2]

Retired numbersEdit

Note: numbers of players from entire franchise history from 1969 to present.

Note:The Titan retired the number 37, worn by Patrice Bergeron between 2001 and 2003, on September 25, 2011. Bergeron is the first player to have his number retired since the Titan moved to Bathurst. After his QMJHL career, Bergeron went on to win a Stanley Cup in the NHL with the Boston Bruins in 2011, defeating the Vancouver Canucks, who were led by fellow Titan alumnus Roberto Luongo. Bergeron also won an Olympic gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics with Canada, alongside Luongo. Bergeron is also a member of the Triple Gold Club, a group of ice hockey players and coaches who have won an Olympic gold medal, a World Championship gold medal and the Stanley Cup.[4]

Note: The Titan retired the jersey number 1, worn by Roberto Luongo between 1998 and 1999, on August 19, 2012. Luongo, a fan favourite in Bathurst and also of New Brunswick, was the second player to have his number retired since the Titan relocated to Bathurst. Luongo has competed for Canada internationally in a number tournaments at different levels. As a junior, he won a silver medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships while being named Best Goaltender in the tournament, his second appearance. He then won two gold medals at the 2003 and 2004 World Championships, as well as a silver in the 2005 World Championship. He also won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and appeared in the 2006 Winter Olympics, serving as backup to starter Martin Brodeur in both instances. Luongo succeeded Brodeur, however, as Canada's starting goaltender during the 2010 Winter Olympics, winning a gold medal alongside fellow Titan alumnus Patrice Bergeron. Luongo then led his Vancouver Canucks team to Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, which the team ultimately lost to Bergeron and the Bruins.

NHL alumniEdit

Acadie-Bathurst Titan

MascotEdit

  • The Acadie–Bathurst Titan mascot is name "Bang-Bang," however there is a plan in place to replace him with a new mascot named "Maximus."

Season-by-season recordEdit

  • Acadie–Bathurst Titan 1998–2008
OL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss, Pct = Winning percentage
Season Games WonLostTiedOLSLPointsPct Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1998–99 704225 3 870.6213152553rd, Dilio
1999–2000 722040 8 4 520.3612273114th, Maritime
2000–01 722938 4 1 630.4382392813rd, Maritime
2001–02 724518 4 5 990.6882572251st, Maritime
2002–03 724421 4 3 950.6602761892nd, Atlantic
2003–04 701849 3 0 390.2791843145th, Atlantic
2004–05 701842 7 3 460.3291632445th, Atlantic
2005–06 704319 3 5 940.6712912232nd, Eastern
2006–07 703528 2 5 770.5502912695th, Eastern
2007–08 704125 2 2 860.6142892413rd, Eastern
2008–09 682035 7 6 530.2941872565th, Atlantic
2009–10 682537 3 3 560.3682082865th, Atlantic
2010–11 684421 2 1 910.6692611972nd, Maritimes
2011–12 683231 2 3 690.5072502643rd, Maritimes
2012–13 682635 5 2 590.4342322784th, Maritimes
2013–14 682240 4 2 500.3681442494th, Maritimes
2014-15 681743 -62420.3091582716th, Maritimes
2015-16 351319 - 2 1 290.4141141324th, Maritimes

Team recordsEdit

Team records for a single season
StatisticTotalSeason
Most points992001–02
Most wins452001–02
Most goals for3151998–99
Least goals for1442013–14
Least goals against1892002–03
Most goals against3142003–04
Individual player records for a single season
StatisticPlayerTotalSeason
Most goalsThomas Beauregard712006–07
Most assistsMathieu Perreault802007–08
Most pointsThomas Beauregard1242006–07
Most points, rookiePatrice Bergeron732002–03
Most points, defensemanPhilippe Plante801998–99
Most Penalty Minutes[5]Jonathan Tremblay3162003–04
Best GAA (goalie)Adam Russo2.412002–03
Goaltender = minimum 1,500 minutes played

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Canadian Gold 2010, Andrew Podnieks, p. 152, Fenn Publishing, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-384-3
  2. CBC News. "QMJHL's Acadie-Bathurst Titan sold to local investors", CBC, April 11, 2013. Retrieved on June 5, 2015. 
  3. Acadie-Bathurst Titan News Article.
  4. Titan website, Article on the Titan website.
  5. Elite Prospects, Top 100 Most Penalty Minutes in one season for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan..


External linksEdit


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