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Encyclopedia > Moncton Wildcats
Moncton Wildcats
City: Moncton, New Brunswick
League: Q.M.J.H.L.
Conference: none
Division: Eastern
Founded: 1995-96
Home Arena: Moncton Coliseum
Colours: Red, White, Blue & Yellow
Head Coach: John Torchetti
General Manager: vacant

The Moncton Wildcats are a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. They play at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. The franchise was granted for the 1995-96 season, and they were known as the Moncton Alpines for that season only. After winning the 2005-06 QMJHL championship, the team hosted the 2006 Memorial Cup. The Moncton Coliseum was previously host to the New Brunswick Hawks, Moncton Alpines, Moncton Golden Flames and the Moncton Hawks. Image File history File links The logo of the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Moncton (46°6′ N 64°46′ W) is the second largest city in the Canadian province of New Brunswick and is at the heart of the fastest growing urban area in the province. ... The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (French: la Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec, abbreviated QMJHL in English, LHJMQ in French) is one of the three Major Junior A Tier I hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... The Moncton Coliseum is an arena located in Moncton, New Brunswick. ... Red is any of a number of similar colors at the lowest frequencies of light discernible by the human eye. ... White is a color, (more accurately it contains all the colors of the visible spectrum and is sometimes described as an achromatic color—black is the absence of color) that has high brightness but zero hue. ... Blue is any of a number of similar colors. ... Yellow is any color of light that stimulates both the red and green cone cells of the retina, but not the blue cone cells. ... John Torchetti is the coach of the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL. He was previously assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning, interim head coach for the Florida Panthers, interim head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, and other teams in the AHL, ECHL and Central Hockey League. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (French: la Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec, abbreviated QMJHL in English, LHJMQ in French) is one of the three Major Junior A Tier I hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... The Moncton Coliseum is an arena located in Moncton, New Brunswick. ... Moncton (46°6′ N 64°46′ W) is the second largest city in the Canadian province of New Brunswick and is at the heart of the fastest growing urban area in the province. ... The Presidents Cup is awarded annually to the champion of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ... The 2006 MasterCard Memorial Cup is currently being held in Moncton, New Brunswick from May 19-28. ... The Moncton Hawks (also known as the New Brunswick Hawks, Moncton Alpines and Moncton Golden Flames) were a professional ice hockey team based in Moncton, New Brunswick. ... There were two ice hockey teams in Moncton, New Brunswick named the Moncton Alpines, both of which were later renamed: For the American Hockey League team that existed from 1982 to 1984, see Moncton Hawks. ... The Moncton Hawks (also known as the New Brunswick Hawks, Moncton Alpines and Moncton Golden Flames) were a professional ice hockey team based in Moncton, New Brunswick. ... The Moncton Hawks (also known as the New Brunswick Hawks, Moncton Alpines and Moncton Golden Flames) were a professional ice hockey team based in Moncton, New Brunswick. ...

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History

The Moncton Alpines franchise was granted by the QMJHL in 1995 in the wake of successful expansion to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1994. However, the Alpines struggled mightily both on and off the ice. The team went through an initial year of financial difficulty and struggled to attract fans. There was some discussion of folding or moving the team, but instead the franchise was purchased by Robert Irving on May 28, 1996. On June 19, 1996, the team was officially renamed to the Moncton Wildcats and the new uniforms and logo were unveiled. The Wildcats' first game took place on September 22, 1996, in front of 7,506 fans. They won 9-6 over the Victoriaville Tigres. The team would finish 16-52-2 for 34 points and last place. Motto: Template:Unhide = E Mari Merces (Wealth from the Sea) Logo: Location City Information Established: April 1, 1996 Area: (former city) 79. ... Grandson of K.C. Irving and owner of the Moncton Wildcats hockey club, a member of the QMJHL. Categories: | ... September 22 is the 265th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (266th in leap years). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The Victoriaville Tigres are a major junior hockey team of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ...


The first few years of the Wildcats in Moncton featured a gradual improvement in the team's fortunes as more teams were added to the Maritimes and junior hockey took hold in the region. The 1999-2000 season was the greatest in Wildcats history to date as the team dominated with a 44-20-5-3 record. In the playoffs the team steamrolled to the QMJHL final against Rimouski. Injuries robbed the Wildcats of Simon Laliberté and Mirko Murovic, but the final blow to the Wildcats came just before the final started, when team leading scorer Jonathan Roy was diagnosed with cancer. The off-ice distractions took their toll and Moncton lost in the final in six games. Roy would ultimately beat cancer and is still playing hockey. The Maritime provinces See also Maritime province for disambiguation. ... When normal cells are damaged beyond repair, they are eliminated by apoptosis. ...


The next few seasons featured more rebuilding. In 2002-03, the Wildcats were led by goaltending from Corey Crawford and Steve Bernier's 101 points. In the playoffs, their time was short lived, as the fell in the quarterfinal 4 games to 2 against the Québec Remparts. At the NHL Draft Steve Bernier was selected 16th Overall by San Jose, goalie Corey Crawford by Chicago in the 2nd Round, and Nathan Saunders by Anaheim in the 4th Round. The Québec Remparts are a major junior hockey team of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ...


In 2003-04, Corey Crawford set a team record for wins with 35, and 4 players had 30+ goal seasons: Steve Bernier with 36, Mathieu Betournay with 33, Konstantin Zakharov with 33, and Martins Karsums with 30. In the first Round, Moncton defeated the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in 4 games. In the Quarterfinal, they overtook the PEI Rocket 4 games to 2. In the Semi-Final, they finally defeated arch-rival Rimouski Océanic 4 games to 1. In the President's Cup Final for the first time, Moncton lost to the Gatineau Olympiques in 5 games, losing 4 games to 1. Steve Bernier (born March 31st, 1985 in Quebec City, Quebec) is a professional NHL ice hockey forward who plays for the San Jose Sharks. ... At World Junior Ice Hockey Championship Martins Karsums (born February 26, 1986, in Riga, Latvia) is an ice hockey player. ...


In 2004-05, the "Sidney Crosby Show" was selling out buildings everywhere, and with the NHL Lockout, Corey Crawford stayed in Moncton. Helped by his backup, Jean-Christophe Blanchard, they finished with a combined 2.47 GAA, best in the QMJHL. Steve Bernier again had a 30+ goal season, with 36. Adam Pineault had 26 goals, while Bruce Graham chipped in 23, and Stephane Goulet finished with 22. Nathan Saunders set a new club record with 198 penalty minutes, finishing with a career record of 794 PIMS. In the playoffs, the Cats took Drummondville in the first round, 4 games to 2. In the Conference Quarterfinal, they were knocked out by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 games to 2.


In 2005, it was announced that Moncton would host the 2006 Memorial Cup. The team hired former NHL Coach Of The Year Ted Nolan, and acquired players such as Keith Yandle, and various rookies. The team's slogan for 2005-06 was "New Coach, New Team, New Attitude". The Wildcats finished in first place in the league, going 52-15-0-3 for 107 points and winning the Jean Rougeau Trophy for the first time in club history. They also recorded the longest winning streak of the QMJHL season. The Cats acquired Victoriaville Tigres goalie Josh Tordjman halfway through the season, as well as Luc Bourdon from the Val-d'Or Foreurs. They defeated Victoriaville 4 games to 1 in the first round, and did the same to the Halifax Mooseheads, defeating them 4 games to 1. The Wildcats defeated the Gatineau Olympiques 4 games to 1 in the third round. They were now back to the President's Cup, against Patrick Roy's Québec Remparts. In Game 1, Moncton beat the Remparts 4-3 in OT. Some more OT heroics resulted in a 3-2 win in Game 2. Quebec battled back for Game 3, winning 3-1. The Remparts tied the series at 2-2 with a 4-3 OT victory in Game 4. In Game 5, Moncton again used OT to get by Quebec 3-2. In Game 6, in front of a sold-out Moncton Coliseum crowd, Moncton took the trophy home, winning 3-2. The 2006 MasterCard Memorial Cup is currently being held in Moncton, New Brunswick from May 19-28. ... Ted Nolan (Born - April 7, 1958, on the Garden River Ojibway First Nation Reserve outside of Sault Ste. ... The Jean Rougeau Trophy is awarded annually to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team that records the most points in the regular season. ... The Victoriaville Tigres are a major junior hockey team of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ... Luc Bourdon (born on February 16, 1987 in Lamèque, New Brunswick) is a highly rated Canadian hockey defenceman, and is widely predicted to become a top ranking defender. ... City: Val-dOr, Quebec League: Q.M.J.H.L. Conference: none Division: Western Founded: 1993-94 Home Arena: Centre Air Creebec Colours: Gold, Green, White & Black Head Coach: Eric Lavigne General Manager: Stéphane Pilotte The Val-dOr Foreurs are an ice hockey team based in Val... Hull Olympiques logo The Gatineau Olympiques are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League out of Gatineau, Quebec. ... The Presidents Cup is awarded annually to the champion of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ... Patrick Roy playing for the Colorado Avalanche in 1999 Patrick Roy (pronounced Rwah, IPA: [ɹwÉ‘]) (born October 5, 1965, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) is a retired ice hockey goaltender and current co-owner, general manager, and head coach of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ... The Québec Remparts are a major junior hockey team of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ...


In the Memorial Cup against the Remparts, Vancouver Giants and Peterborough Petes, Moncton finished second in the round-robin after defeating Peterborough and Vancouver but losing to Québec. The Wildcats defeated the Giants in the semi-final, but lost to the Remparts 6-2 in the Memorial Cup final. The Memorial Cup is the championship trophy of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). ... City: Vancouver, British Columbia League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: B.C. Founded: 2001-02 Home Arena: Pacific Coliseum Colours: black, red and silver Head Coach: Don Hay General Manager: Scott Bonner The Vancouver Giants are the BC Division affiliate of the Western Hockey League. ... The Peterborough Petes is an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. ...


NHL Alumni

Dmitry Afanasenkov (born May 12, 1980, Arkhangelsk, Russia) is a professional Ice Hockey player in the NHL, playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. ... Evgeny Artyukhin (born April 4, 1983 in Moscow, Russia) is a professional ice hockey right winger who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL. Evgeny Artyukhin was drafted in the 3rd round, 94th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. ... Jean-Sebastien Aubin (born July 19, 1977 in Montreal, Quebec) is a professional ice hockey goaltender. ... ... Steve Bernier (born March 31st, 1985 in Quebec City, Quebec) is a professional NHL ice hockey forward who plays for the San Jose Sharks. ... Corey Crawford (born 31 December 1984) is an ice hockey goalie, currently playing in the American Hockey League with the Norfolk Admirals. ... Pierre Dagenais (Born March 4, 1978 in Blainville, Quebec) is a canadian professional hockey player. ... Jean-Francois Damphousse (born July 21, 1979 in Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. ... Jonathan Girard (born May 27, 1980 in Rawdon, Quebec) is a former Canadian ice hockey player, who played for the Boston Bruins of the NHL. His career was cut short by a car accident in 2003. ... Dmitri Kalinin born July 22, 1980 in Cheljabinsk, Russia is an ice hockey player currently playing in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres. ...

Yearly Results

  • 1995-96 Moncton Alpines
  • 1996-Present Moncton Wildcats

Regular Season

Legend:
T = Tie (1995-2005), SL = Shoot Out Loss (2005-06 onward), OTL = Overtime Loss

Season Games Won Lost T/SL OTL Goals
For
Goals
Against
Pct. Points Standing
1995-96 70 14 48 8 - 215 360 0.257 36 7th in Dilio
1996-97 70 16 52 2 - 192 354 0.243 34 7th in Dilio
1997-98 70 39 32 9 - 240 229 0.479 67 4th in Dilio
1998-99 70 38 25 7 - 257 235 0.593 81 4th in Dilio
1999-00 72 44 20 5 3 292 211 0.646 96 1st in Maritimes
2000-01 72 23 41 6 2 246 323 0.361 54 4th in Maritimes
2001-02 72 20 41 4 7 214 287 0.306 75 4th in Maritimes
2002-03 72 37 20 10 5 255 216 0.583 89 3rd in Maritimes
2003-04 70 46 19 3 2 270 206 0.679 97 2nd in Atlantic
2004-05 70 37 23 8 2 206 175 0.586 84 2nd in Atlantic
2005-06 70 52 15 0 3 345 184 0.776 107 1st in East

The 2004-05 QMJHL Season was the 36th season in the history of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ... The 2005-06 QMJHL Season was the 37th season in the history of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ...

Playoffs

  • 1995-96 - Out of Playoffs.
  • 1996-97 - Out of Playoffs.
  • 1997-98 - Defeated Chicoutimi Saguenéens 4 games to 2 in first round.
    Lost to Rimouski Océanic in semi-final round-robin.
  • 1998-99 - Lost to Rimouski Océanic 4 games to 0 in first round.
  • 1999-00 - Received first-round bye.
    Defeated Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Québec Remparts 4 games to 3 in semi-finals.
    Lost to Rimouski Océanic 4 games to 2 in QMJHL finals.
  • 2000-01 - Out of Playoffs.
  • 2001-02 - Out of Playoffs.
  • 2002-03 - Lost to Québec Remparts 4 games to 2 in first round.
  • 2003-04 - Defeated Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 games to 0 in first round.
    Defeated P.E.I. Rocket 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Rimouski Océanic 4 games to 1 in semi-finals.
    Lost to Hull Olympiques 4 games to 1 in QMJHL finals.
  • 2004-05 - Defeated Drummondville Voltigeurs 4 games to 2 in first round.
    Lost to Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
  • 2005-06 - Defeated Victoriaville Tigres in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated Halifax Mooseheads 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
    Defeated Gatineau Olympiques 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
    Defeated Québec Remparts 4 games to 2 in QMJHL finals. QMJHL CHAMPIONS
    Finished Memorial Cup round-robin in second place.
    Defeated Vancouver Giants 4-1 in the semi-final.
    Lost to Québec Remparts 6-2 in Memorial Cup final.

External Links

  • Official Site
  • Moncton Wildcats Message Board
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Current Teams : Acadie-Bathurst Titan | Baie-Comeau Drakkar | Cape Breton Screaming Eagles | Chicoutimi Saguenéens | Drummondville Voltigeurs | Gatineau Olympiques | Halifax Mooseheads | Lewiston MAINEiacs | Moncton Wildcats | P.E.I. Rocket | Québec Remparts | Rimouski Océanic | Rouyn-Noranda Huskies | Saint John Sea Dogs | St. John's Fog Devils | Shawinigan Cataractes | Val-d'Or Foreurs | Victoriaville Tigres
CHL: | Memorial Cup | OHL | QMJHL | WHL

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