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Verdun Juniors
Verdun juniors
City: Verdun, Quebec
League: Q.M.J.H.L.
Operated: 1982 to 1984
Home Arena: Verdun Auditorium
Colours: Red, White and Blue
Franchise history
1933-72: Montreal Junior Canadiens
1972-75: Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge
1975-82: Montreal Juniors
1982-84: Verdun Juniors
1984-89: Verdun Junior Canadiens
1989-96: Saint-Hyacinthe Laser
1996-Present: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

The Verdun Juniors were a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 1982 to 1984. They played at the Verdun Auditorium.


The Verdun Juniors were assembled by general manager Eric Taylor, and coached by Pierre Creamer. Verdun won the Presidents Trophy in the 1982-83 season as playoff champions, defeating the Trois-Rivieres Draveurs, Shawinigan Cataractes and the Longueuil Chevaliers.

The Juniors would compete in the Memorial Cup that year versus the Lethbridge Broncos, Portland Winter Hawks and the Oshawa Generals. Verdun would lose 7-6 to Portland, defeat Lethbridge 4-3, lose 5-1 to Oshawa, and lose 6-5 to Oshawa in the semi-final game, ending their hopes of a Memorial Cup championship.

After two very successful seasons, the team revived its old name to became the Verdun Junior Canadiens.


Pat LaFontaine scored 103 goals and 132 assists for 235 points in the 1982-83 season, winning the Jean Béliveau Trophy as the top scorer, out-dueling future NHL icon Mario Lemieux. Two of the more prominent records he broke were Guy Lafleur's 40-game point-scoring streak and Mike Bossy's 70 goals by a rookie.

He was awarded the Michel Brière Commemorative Trophy as the MVP of the regular season, the Guy Lafleur Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs, the Michel Bergeron Trophy as the Offensive Rookie of the Year, the Mike Bossy Trophy as the best professional prospect, and the Frank J. Selke Commemorative Trophy as the Most sportsmanlike player. Also in 1982-1983 Pat LaFontaine was chosen Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year. Pat would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.

Also of note, is alumnus Claude Lemieux, who would play almost 1200 NHL games. He scored 379 goals, and won 4 Stanley Cups in 1986 (Montreal), 1995 (New Jersey), 1996 (Colorado) & 2000 (New Jersey).

Billy Campbell was awarded the Emile Bouchard Trophy as the Defenceman of the year in the 1983-84 season. Jérôme Carrier was awarded the Frank J. Selke Commemorative Trophy as the Most sportsmanlike player in 1983-1984.

NHL alumni

Yearly ResultsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

SeasonGamesWonLostTiedPointsPct %Goals
1982-8370501911010.7214863032nd Lebel
1983-847040273 830.5933593092nd Lebel


  • 1982-83 Defeated Trois-Rivières Draveurs 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Shawinigan Cataractes 4 games to 2 in semi-finals.
    Defeated Longueuil Chevaliers 4 games to 1 in finals. QMJHL CHAMPIONS
    Lost to Oshawa Generals 6-5 in the semi-final game of the Memorial Cup.
  • 1983-84 Defeated St.-Jean Castors 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Longueuil Chevaliers 4 games to 2 in semi-finals.

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