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Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
City: Sydney, Nova Scotia
League: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Conference: Eastern
Division: Atlantic
Founded: 1997 (1997)–98
Home Arena: Centre 200
Colours: Black, white, gold and grey
Head Coach: Flag of Canada Mario Durocher
General Manager: Flag of Canada Mario Durocher
Franchise history
1969–77: Sorel Éperviers
1977–79: Verdun Éperviers
1979–80: Sorel/Verdun Éperviers
1980–81: Sorel Éperviers
1981–95: Granby Bisons
1995–97: Granby Prédateurs
1997–present: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles are a major junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Their home rink is Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Franchise history (1969-1997)Edit

The franchise was granted to the Sorel Eperviers (Black Hawks) for the 1969–70 season. They moved from Sorel to Verdun in 1977 to become the Verdun Eperviers. In 1979 they played in both Sorel and Verdun before moving back to Sorel for the next season. In 1981 they moved to Granby to become the Granby Bisons, and in 1995 they changed their names to the Granby Prédateurs. In 1996, the Prédateurs won the Memorial Cup. In 1997 they moved to Sydney to become the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Prior to the Eagles' arrival, Sydney played host to the AHL's Cape Breton Oilers from 1988 to 1996.

Cape Breton (1997–present)Edit

Early years (1997–1999)Edit

The Screaming Eagles' very first captain was Daniel Payette under coach Dany Dubé. They had very poor success in their first few seasons and often had difficulty earning respect around the league, with some players not wanting to come to Cape Breton or complaining while they were there. As enforcers were more common in the league at the time, the Screaming Eagles often made up for lack of skill by having an abundance of fighters.

The Vincent era (1999–2008)Edit

The turn of the new millennium brought some hope to the Screaming Eagles franchise as new head coach and general manager Pascal Vincent was able to slowly turn things around. Star goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is often credited as the one who landed the Screaming Eagles on the map and prevented them from folding. Along with star players Dominic Noel, Stuart MacRae, and Stephen Dixon, the Screaming Eagles reached the league's conference final in 2002, only to lose in 5 games to Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Fleury's #29 went on to be retired by the Screaming Eagles in 2008.

Vincent made a bold move and stacked the Screaming Eagles lineup with many NHL prospects for the 2003–04 season in hopes of bringing a league title to Cape Breton. Most of the players came from a notorious "boomerang" trade with the Halifax Mooseheads. After the Screaming Eagles won 49 games and captured a division title, Fleury returned from the Pittsburgh Penguins, leading many to think the team would be unstoppable in the playoffs. The Screaming Eagles lost in the second round to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens.

Despite the embarrassment, President Greg Lynch opted not to fire Vincent. At the 2004 QMJHL draft, the Screaming Eagles chose James Sheppard with the 1st overall pick. In 2006–07, along with star players Luc Bourdon, Ondrej Pavelec, and Oskars Bartulis, Sheppard led the Screaming Eagles to the league semifinals, only to lose in 7 games to the Val-d'Or Foreurs.

The 2007–08 season saw 16 year-old goaltender Olivier Roy rise to prominence. The Screaming Eagles finished 4th in their division and won their first round playoff series despite having a roster that normally dressed at least ten rookies. Vincent went on to be named the 2008 QMJHL Coach of the Year. However, following the end of the season, Vincent violated the terms of his contract and became the head coach and general manager of the Montreal Junior Hockey Club.

The Durocher era (2008–present)Edit

Centre 200

Centre 200, the Screaming Eagles' home ice.

Following Vincent's departure, Assistant Coach Mario Durocher took over the role of head coach and general manager. In a bid to host the Memorial Cup in 2012, Durocher in 2010 added former NHL players Mike McPhee and Guy Chouinard, former NHL coach Pierre Creamer and Michel Boucher to the hockey staff in consulting roles. Durocher was relieved of his duties effective immediately on April 12, 2011, after a lackluster season in which the team finished 16th in the League and last in the Atlantic Division with just 41 points.

The team's then-Head Coach Ron Choules replaced Durocher as GM in April 2011, though the team failed to improve on the ice. After a poor start to the 2012–13 season, Choules himself was fired as head coach and GM on December 3, 2012, with former Val-d'Or Head Coach Marc-André Dumont announced as his replacement. The 2012–13 season was a poor one for the Screaming Eagles, as they failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. At season's end, Assistant Coach Jean-François David was fired, with no replacement immediately announced.


NHL alumniEdit

KHL alumniEdit


NHL 1st round draft picksEdit

Retired numbersEdit

Award winnersEdit

CHL Scholastic Player of the Year

  • 2007–08: Robert Slaney

Humanitarian Award

  • 2009-10: Nick MacNeil

Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy

  • 2003–04: Martin Houle (2.32)
  • 2005–06: Ondrej Pavelec (2.51)
  • 2006–07: Ondrej Pavelec (2.52)

Luc Robitaille Trophy

  • 2006–07: Cape Breton (308)

Marcel Robert Trophy

  • 2004–05: Guillaume Demers
  • 2007–08: Robert Slaney

Maurice Filion Trophy

  • 2006–07: Pascal Vincent

Mike Bossy Trophy

  • 2002–03: Marc-Andre Fleury

Philips Plaque

  • 2001–02: Pierre-Luc Emond

Raymond Lagacé Trophy

  • 2005–06: Ondrej Pavelec
  • 2007–08: Olivier Roy


  • 2005–06: Ondrej Pavelec
  • 2007–08: Olivier Roy

Robert Lebel Trophy

  • 2003–04: Cape Breton (2.33)

Ron Lapointe Trophy

  • 2007–08: Pascal Vincent

Telus Cup – Defensive

  • 2002–03: Marc-Andre Fleury
  • 2004–05: Martin Houle
  • Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (1997–Present)

Regular seasonEdit

OL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss, Pct = Winning percentage
Season Games WonLostTiedOLSLPointsPct Goals
1997–98 701946 5 430.3072112956th, Dilio
1998–99 702244 4 480.3432262726th, Dilio
1999–00 72243936 570.3962303023rd, Maritimes
2000–01 723037 4 1 650.4512702922nd, Maritimes
2001–02 72382010 4 900.6252862243rd, Maritimes
2002–03 722137 9 5 560.3892002684th, Maritimes
2003–04 704916 2 31030.7362731641st, Atlantic
2004–05 703227 8 3 750.5362061953rd, Atlantic
2005–06 704023 34 870.6212362063rd, Eastern
2006–07 704622 20 940.6713082002nd, Eastern
2007–08 704024 33 860.6142422304th, Eastern
2008–09 684618 31 960.6762522012nd, Atlantic
2009–10 684122 23 870.6032381853rd, Atlantic
2010–11 681845 14 410.3011542465th, Maritimes
2011–12 682342 12 490.3602193065th, Maritimes
2012–13 681446 35 360.2651613086th, Maritimes
2013-14 683727 - 1 3780.5742602602nd, Maritimes
2014-15 683131 - 33680.5002582465th, Maritimes
2015–16 683824 51 820.6032862373rd, Maritimes


Season1st round2nd round3rd roundFinals
1997–98 L, 0–4, Quebec Remparts - - -
1998–99 L, 1–4, Acadie-Bathurst Titan - - -
1999–2000 L, 0–4, Quebec Remparts - - -
2000–01 W, 4–3, Chicoutimi Saguenéens L, 1–4, Acadie-Bathurst Titan - -
2001–02 W, 4–1, Baie-Comeau Drakkar W, 4–2, Halifax Mooseheads L, 1–4, Acadie-Bathurst Titan -
2002–03 L, 0–4, Halifax Mooseheads - - -
2003–04 Bye L, 1–4, Chicoutimi Saguenéens - -
2004–05 L, 1–4, Gatineau Olympiques - - -
2005–06 W, 4–1, St. John's Fog Devils L, 0–4, Acadie-Bathurst Titan - -
2006–07 W, 4–0, St. John's Fog Devils W, 4–1, Acadie-Bathurst Titan L, 3–4, Val-d'Or Foreurs -
2007–08 W, 4–2, Lewiston MAINEiacs L, 1–4, Halifax Mooseheads - -
2008–09 W, 4–0, Saint John Sea Dogs L, 3–4, Quebec Remparts - -
2009–10 L, 1–4, Moncton Wildcats - - -
2010–11 L, 0–4, Saint John Sea Dogs - - -
2011–12 L, 0–4, Saint John Sea Dogs - - -
2012–13 - - - -
2013–14 L, 0–4, Gatineau Olympiques - - -
2014–15 L, 3–4, Quebec Remparts - - -
2015-16 W, 4-2, Chicoutimi Saguenéens L, 3-4 Saint John Sea Dogs - -

Team recordsEdit

Team records for a single season
Most points1032003–04
Least points362012-13
Most wins492003–04
Most goals for3082006–07
Least goals for1542010-11
Least goals against1642003–04
Most goals against3082012-13
Individual player records for a single season
Most goalsCam Fergus532006–07
Most assistsDominic Noel, James Sheppard632001–02, 2006–07
Most pointsDominic Noel1052001–02
Most points (rookie)Evgeny Svechnikov782014-15
Most points (defenceman)Jean-Claude Sawyer772006–07
Most penalty minutesPascal Morency5962001–02
Most wins (goaltender)Olivier Roy352008–09
Best GAA (goaltender)Martin Houle2.322003–04

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

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