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Shawinigan Cataractes
File:Shawinigan Cataractes.svg
City: Shawinigan, Quebec
League: QMJHL
Division: Telus Central
Founded: 1969 (1969)–70
Home Arena: Centre Bionest de Shawinigan
Colours: Navy blue, green, white and burgundy
Head Coach: Eric Veilleux
General Manager: Martin Mondou
Franchise history
1969–73: Shawinigan Bruins
1973–78: Shawinigan Dynamos
1978–present: Shawinigan Cataractes

The Shawinigan Cataractes are a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The team is based out of Shawinigan, Quebec. The Cataractes have been previously known as the Shawinigan Bruins until 1973, and were called the Shawinigan Dynamos from 1973–78.

The Cataractes play their home games at the Centre Bionest de Shawinigan. Former home of the team was Arena Jacques Plante.

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History

Shawinigan was a founding member of the QMJHL in 1969, and is the only team to operate continuously in the same city since then. The team originated in the Quebec Junior Hockey League. The Bruins of 1965–66 were runners-up in the eastern Canadian championship for the George Richardson Memorial Trophy versus the Oshawa Generals.

The 1977–78 Dynamos set a futility record, with 3 wins, 4 ties and 56 losses. In a single game versus Sherbrooke, they allowed a record breaking 22 goals scored against.

The Cataractes have had good seasons in their history, winning the Jean Rougeau Trophy for most points in the regular season twice (in 1985 and 2001), but have never managed to win the QMJHL championship. Theirs is currently the second-longest drought in the Canadian Hockey League, second only to the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL.

The team has participated in the Memorial Cup tournament once, in 1985, when they were the host team. They managed to make it to the cup final but lost to the Prince Albert Raiders. The Jacques Plante Arena only hosted the first two games of the tournament, as the arena has a large number of support columns in the seating area that made televising the games impossible. The remainder of the tournament was played in Drummondville, Quebec.

The name "Cataractes" often confuses English-speaking hockey fans. The name literally translates as "Cataracts" meaning "Waterfalls"; the team is named for Shawinigan Falls, a prominent waterfall in the city. A Quebec Senior Hockey League team operated in the city as the Shawinigan Falls Cataracts (1945–53) and the Shawinigan Cataracts (1954–58). It won the playoffs in the 1954–55 season. Even though they do not have a waterfall on their uniform.

In 2008–09, the Cataractes have established a new franchise record of 15 consecutive wins. They have broken the record previously established during the 1994–95 season.

On December 18, 2008, the Cataractes played their last game at the Jacques Plante Arena.

On December 27, 2008, the Shawinigan Cataractes played the first-ever game in their new state-of-the-art facility the Centre Bionest de Shawinigan and the new arena was sold out with 4,112 spectators in attendance. Matthew Pistils recorded the first goal in the history of the new Centre Bionest de Shawinigan. The Cats won the game 5-1 vs. Junior de Montreal.

NHL alumni

Yearly results

  • 1969–73 Shawinigan Bruins
  • 1973–78 Shawinigan Dynamos
  • 1978–present Shawinigan Cataractes

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1969–70 56 36 19 1 - - 73 0.652 318 254 2nd in East
1970–71 62 38 23 1 - - 77 0.621 301 256 2nd in QMJHL
1971–72 61 34 24 3 - - 71 0.582 290 208 5th in QMJHL
1972–73 64 28 34 2 - - 70 0.453 301 278 4th in QMJHL
1973–74 70 30 37 3 - - 63 0.450 347 402 3rd in East
1974–75 72 16 45 11 - - 43 0.299 324 462 5th in East
1975–76 72 9 59 4 - - 22 0.153 254 554 5th in East
1976–77 72 18 42 12 - - 48 0.333 265 357 4th in Dilio
1977–78 72 3 65 4 - - 10 0.069 258 687 5th in Dilio
1978–79 74 24 43 7 - - 53 0.372 310 424 5th in Dilio
1979–80 72 28 35 9 - - 65 0.451 314 339 5th in Dilio
1980–81 72 34 34 4 - - 72 0.500 325 321 4th in Dilio
1981–82 64 35 27 2 - - 72 0.562 349 278 5th in QMJHL
1982–83 70 52 16 2 - - 106 0.757 406 232 1st in Dilio
1983–84 70 37 33 0 - - 74 0.529 329 287 1st in Dilio
1984–85 68 48 19 1 - - 98 0.713 384 255 1st in Dilio
1985–86 72 32 38 2 - - 66 0.458 353 361 4th in Dilio
1986–87 70 38 26 6 - - 82 0.586 408 335 2nd in Dilio
1987–88 70 30 37 3 - - 63 0.450 387 381 4th in Dilio
1988–89 70 31 35 4 - - 66 0.471 318 321 8th in QMJHL
1989–90 70 38 30 2 - - 78 0.557 328 275 4th in QMJHL
1990–91 70 27 40 3 - - 57 0.407 261 289 4th in Dilio
1991–92 70 37 27 6 - - 80 0.571 279 273 2nd in Dilio
1992–93 70 19 46 5 - - 43 0.307 262 357 5th in Dilio
1993–94 72 36 31 5 - - 77 0.535 316 313 4th in Dilio
1994–95 72 40 28 4 - - 84 0.583 325 270 2nd in Dilio
1995–96 70 35 30 5 - - 75 0.536 289 259 3rd in Dilio
1996–97 70 41 24 5 - - 87 0.621 277 232 2nd in Dilio
1997–98 70 40 24 6 - - 86 0.614 262 217 3rd in Lebel
1998–99 70 44 22 4 - - 92 0.657 275 212 1st in Lebel
1999–00 72 37 25 5 5 - 84 0.549 295 257 1st in Central
2000–01 72 54 10 6 2 - 116 0.792 375 192 1st in Central
2001–02 72 43 21 5 3 - 94 0.632 288 200 1st in Central
2002–03 72 25 35 8 4 - 62 0.403 209 249 3rd in Central
2003–04 70 39 21 4 6 - 88 0.586 259 215 2nd in West
2004–05 70 31 25 12 2 - 76 0.529 199 188 2nd in West
2005–06 70 37 28 - 3 2 79 0.544 285 278 6th in West
2006–07 70 25 39 - 2 4 56 0.357 228 301 9th in Telus
2007–08 70 33 33 - - 4 70 0.471 226 241 6th in Telus
2008–09 68 51 14 - 3 0 105 0.750 308 183 2nd in Telus Central††

Seeded 8th in Eastern Division for 2006–07 playoffs.

††Seeded 5th in Telus Division for 2008–09 playoffs.

External links

  • Official Site
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