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The Chicoutimi Saguenéens are a hockey club of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Founded in 1973, they are one of the oldest franchise of the league. Based in Chicoutimi, Quebec, they play their home games at the Centre Georges-Vézina. The team's main rivals are the Quebec Remparts.

They were named best Canadian Hockey League club of the year 2005.

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History

Bobby Nadeau guarding the Sags' net in a game against archrivals Quebec Remparts in 2006.

In 1972, a group of people wanting to grant Chicoutimi it's QMJHL franchise applied to the league to get an expansion team. It's shareholders (Gilles Tremblay, Gaston Sénéchal, Jean-Marc Caron, Jean-Marc Lavoie, Roland Hébert, Denis Cantin, Jacques Gagnon, Georges Quenneville, Jules Bouchard et Dan Walker) knew it was a big challenge, but that the rewards would be substantial. Finally, along with the Hull Festivals (today the Olympiques), the Sags were set to begin playing.

The Sags played their inaugural game on September 30th 1973, losing 7-2 against the Montreal Junior in front of over 6000 people. Ironically, the first ever goal of the concession was scored by Marc Desforges, who is today one of the team's shareholders.

The team was sold a few times over the years. In the middle of the 1980s, the city of Chicoutimi was more or less in control of the franchise, but choose to get rid of it - that's how the team became the property of the Corporation de Développement économique de Chicoutimi. Two years later, the team was sold to Cegerco, Multisoda and Autocar Jasmin. On May 28th 1993, the team is once again sold, this time to Yvon Bouchard, Benoit Boulianne et Marc Tremblay. The latter came very close to have the team moved out of Saguenay.

On december 28th 1998, Tremblay traded away Ramzi Abid, Mathieu Benoit and Marc Bouchard, as well as two other players in return of some younger players in development. It meant three years of misery, during which rumours of the team being moved were common. Thankfully, a group led by Guy Carbonneau bought the team in 2000. As moving had become almost unavoidable, the former number 21 came and saved the day.

Players

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Current squad

Goaltenders
Number Name Catches 2005-06 Club Birth place
30 François Lévesque L Rookie Baie-Comeau, Québec
38 Bobby Nadeau L Val-d'Or, QMJHL Lac-Etchemin, Québec
Defensemen
Number Name Shoots 2005-06 Club Birth place
2 Christopher Guay L Rookie Pont-Rouge, Québec
5 Dominic Jalbert L Rookie Hull, Québec
7 Kirill Tulupov - Rookie Moscow, Russie
8 Maxime Provencher L Recrue Thetford-Mines, Québec
12 Julien Brouillette L Chicoutimi, QMJHL Quebec City, Québec
22 Mathieu Bolduc R Chicoutimi, QMJHL Arthabaska, Québec
44 Sébastien Bernier L St-John's Fog Devils, QMJHL Quebec City, Québec
Forwards
Number Name Shoots Position 2005-06 Club Birth place
11 Derek Famulare L LW Rookie, QMJHL Montréal, Québec
15 David Desharnais L C Chicoutimi, QMJHL Quebec City, Québec
17 Juraj Mikus - RW HK 36 Skalica, Slovakia Skalica, Slovakia
19 Jeff Christison * R RW Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, QMJHL Sudbury, Ontario
20 François Chabot L LW Baie-Comeau Drakkar, QMJHL Ville-Marie, Québec
23 Tommy Tremblay L LW Rookie, QMJHL La Tuque, Québec
25 Antoine Roussel - LW Rookie, QMJHL Roubaix, France
26 Alexandre Imbeault R C Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL Montréal, Québec
27 Nicolas Blanchard L C Chicoutimi, QMJHL Granby, Québec
28 Thomas Guay L/W C Rookie, QMJHL Longueuil, Québec
37 Guillaume Coudé-Tremblay L LW Rookie, QMJHL Chicoutimi, Québec
55 Marc-André Julien D AD Rookie, QMJHL Rouyn-Noranda, Québec
58 Joel Rechlicz L LW Gatineau Olympiques, QMJHL Milwaukee, Wisconsin
61 Jean-Sébastien Côté L LW Chicoutimi, QMJHL Matane, Québec
64 Joël Champagne L C Rookie, LHJMQ LaSalle, Québec
81 Francis Verreault-Paul R RW Chicoutimi, LHJMQ Roberval, Canada

* Christison is currently taking a break from ice hockey.

Drafted players

Saguenéens Greats

Retired numbers

Staff members

Current coaching staff

  • Richard Martel (Headcoach and General Manager)
  • Marc-Étienne Hubert (Assistant-Coach)
  • Sylvain Rodrigue (Goaltender Coach)

Administration

  • Guy Carbonneau (President)
  • Gervais Munger (Gouvernor)
  • Pierre Cardinal (Vice-president Marketing)
  • Gaby Asselin (Vice-president)
  • Michel Boivin (Vice-president)
  • Marc Desforges (Vice-president hockey)
  • Carl Bouchard (Assistant General-Manager)

Former Headcoaches

  • 1973-74 Germain Munger and Yvan Gingras
  • 1974-75 to 1976-77 Yvan Gingras
  • 1977-78 Yvan Gingras, Guy Brassard and Jean-Charles Gravel
  • 1978-79 to 1979-80 Orval Tessier
  • 1980-81 to 1981-82 Michel Morin
  • 1982-83 Michel Morin and Germain Munger
  • 1983-84 Michel Parizeau
  • 1984-85 Mario Bazinet
  • 1985-86 Mario Bazinet et Pierre Sévigny
  • 1986-87 to 1989-90 Gaston Drapeau
  • 1990-91 to 1992-93 Joe Canale
  • 1993-94 to 1994-95 Gaston Drapeau
  • 1995-96 Réal Paiement and Christian LaRue
  • 1997-98 Christian LaRue
  • 1998-99 Christian LaRue and Martin Daoust
  • 1999-00 Martin Daoust
  • 2000-01 Martin Daoust and Alain Rajotte
  • 2001-02 Alain Rajotte
  • 2002-03 Alain Rajotte et René Matte
  • 2003-04 René Matte, Yannick Jean and Richard Martel
  • 2004-05 to present Richard Martel

Former Sags who reached the NHL

Team Honours

  • Memorial Cup participations: 3 (1991, 1994, 1997)
  • Memorial Cup championship: 0
  • Jean-Rougeau Trophy (1st overall of the league): 1990-91
  • President's Trophy (Playoffs Winner): 1990-91, 1993-94


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