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|33px 2017–18 AHL season|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Place Bell|
|Owner(s)||Molson family (majority owner) |
(Geoff Molson, chairman)
|General manager||Marc Bergevin|
|Affiliates||Montreal Canadiens (NHL)|
|1971–1984||Nova Scotia Voyageurs|
|2015–present||St. John's IceCaps|
The Laval Rocket (French: Rocket de Laval) is a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) announced to begin play for the 2017–18 season as the top minor league affiliate of the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Montreal Canadiens. Based in Laval, Quebec, the Rocket will play their home games at Place Bell.
On July 11, 2016, the AHL and the Montreal Canadiens announced that they would be moving their affiliate to the Montreal suburb of Laval for the 2017–18 season. A name-the-team contest was held from July 11 until August 31, with Patriots, Rapids and Rocket as the final three. On September 8, the winning Laval Rocket name was announced, a tribute to Canadiens' legend Maurice "Rocket" Richard which got a 51% majority of the fan votes. The Rocket will actually be the second hockey team in Greater Montreal to use that nickname, after the QMJHL's Montreal Rocket (1999–2003, currently playing as the Charlottetown Islanders).
|Franchise||Franchise • Original Six • Players • Coaches • General managers • Seasons • Records • Draft picks • Award winners|
|Arenas||Jubilee Arena • Montreal Arena • Mount Royal Arena • Montreal Forum • Bell Centre|
|Affiliates||Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)|