|Current season, competition or ion:|
2018–19 QMJHL season
|No. of teams||18|
|Acadie–Bathurst Titan (2)|
|Most titles||Gatineau Olympiques (7)|
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (French: Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec, abbreviated QMJHL in English, LHJMQ in French) is one of the three major junior ice hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. The league comprises teams across the provinces of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Since the departure of the Lewiston Maineiacs from Lewiston, Maine, the QMJHL is the only one of the three member leagues of the CHL that does not currently have teams located in the United States (the OHL has teams in Michigan and Pennsylvania while the WHL has teams in Washington and Oregon). The current president of the QMJHL is Gilles Courteau.
The President's Cup is the championship trophy of the league. The QMJHL champion then goes on to compete in the Memorial Cup against the OHL and WHL champions, and the CHL host team. The QMJHL had traditionally adopted a rapid and offensive style of hockey. Former QMJHL players hold many of the Canadian Hockey League's career and single season offensive records.
|West||Blainville-Boisbriand Armada||Boisbriand, Quebec||Bruce Richardson||Centre d'Excellence Sports Rousseau||3,269|
|Drummondville Voltigeurs||Drummondville, Quebec||Ryan Falkenham||Centre Marcel Dionne||2,889|
|Gatineau Olympiques||Gatineau, Quebec||Éric Landry||Centre Robert Guertin||3,196|
|Rouyn-Noranda Huskies||Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec||Gilles Bouchard||Aréna Iamgold||3,600|
|Sherbrooke Phoenix||Sherbrooke, Quebec||Stéphane Julien||Palais des Sports||3,718|
|Val-d'Or Foreurs||Val-d'Or, Quebec||Pascal Rhéaume||Centre Air Creebec||2,398|
|East||Baie-Comeau Drakkar||Baie-Comeau, Quebec||Martin Bernard||Centre Henry-Leonard||2,779|
|Chicoutimi Saguenéens||Saguenay, Quebec||Yanick Jean||Centre Georges-Vézina||3,759|
|Quebec Remparts||Quebec City, Quebec||Patrick Roy||Centre Vidéotron||18,259|
|Rimouski Océanic||Rimouski, Quebec||Serge Beausoleil||Colisée de Rimouski||4,415|
|Shawinigan Cataractes||Shawinigan, Quebec||Daniel Renaud||Centre Gervais Auto||4,350|
|Victoriaville Tigres||Victoriaville, Quebec||Louis Robitaille||Colisée Desjardins||2,753|
|Maritimes||Acadie–Bathurst Titan||Bathurst, New Brunswick||Mario Pouliot||K.C. Irving Regional Centre||3,524|
|Cape Breton Screaming Eagles||Sydney, Nova Scotia||Marc-Andre Dumont||Centre 200||5,010|
|Charlottetown Islanders||Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island||Jim Hulton||Eastlink Centre||3,718|
|Halifax Mooseheads||Halifax, Nova Scotia||Éric Veilleux||Scotiabank Centre||10,595|
|Moncton Wildcats||Moncton, New Brunswick||Darren Rumble||Avenir Centre||8,800|
|Saint John Sea Dogs||Saint John, New Brunswick||Josh Dixon||Harbour Station||6,308|
|2017 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League|
|Location of teams for the 2017 QMJHL season.|
West Division East Division Maritimes Division
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League was founded in 1969, through the merger of best teams from the existing Quebec Junior Hockey League and the Metropolitan Montreal Junior Hockey League, declaring themselves a "major junior" league. Of the original eleven QMJHL teams, eight came from the QJHL, two from the MMJHL, and the Cornwall Royals, from Cornwall, Ontario, near the Quebec border, who transferred from the Central Junior A Hockey League. The Rosemont National and Laval Saints transferred from the MMJHL. The eight teams from the QJHL were the Drummondville Rangers, Quebec Remparts, Saint-Jérôme Alouettes, Shawinigan Bruins, Sherbrooke Castors, Sorel Éperviers, Trois-Rivières Ducs and the Verdun Maple Leafs.
Most of the teams were within a few hours' drive of Montreal. From the first season in 1969–70, only Shawinigan remains in the same city with an uninterrupted history, although the team's name has changed to the Cataractes.
In 1972 the QMJHL had been in operation for three years, and wanted a team in the province's largest city. It threatened a lawsuit to force the Montreal Junior Canadiens of the Ontario Hockey Association into the Quebec-based league. Over the summer of 1972, the OHA granted the Junior Habs a "one-year suspension" of operations, while team ownership transferred the team and players into the QMJHL, renaming themselves the Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge in the process. The OHA then reactivated the suspended franchise for the 1973–74 season in Kingston, Ontario, under new ownership and with new players, calling the team the Kingston Canadians.
QMJHL teams have won the Memorial Cup twelve times since 1969, with the Shawinigan Cataractes, Saint John Sea Dogs, the Granby Prédateurs, the Hull Olympiques, Halifax Mooseheads, Rimouski Océanic, and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan each winning once, the Quebec Remparts winning twice (once in their first ion 1969–1985, and once in their second ion 1997–present) and the Cornwall Royals winning three times.
Starting in 1994, the QMJHL began to expand further east, outside of Quebec. The "Q" filled the void in Atlantic Canada after the exodus of American Hockey League franchises, when the AHL had a strong presence in the 1980s and 1990s; all of the Maritime Division cities save for Bathurst, New Brunswick are former homes of AHL franchises. Teams in Atlantic Canada comprise the entire Eastern Division of the QMJHL.
In recent seasons, the QMJHL has been scouting players from the Atlantic Canada region along with a surge in players coming out of the New England area: the QMJHL has territorial rights to draft and recruit players from New England as part of an agreement where players from the United States can be drafted by the CHL league that is in a similar geographic area.
This is a list of Canadian Hockey League career and single season records accomplished by QMJHL players.
This list (which may have dates, numbers, etc.) may be better in a sortable table format. (March 2012)
This is a complete list of team histories since 1969.
|Plattsburgh Pioneers||Plattsburgh||New York||1984–1985|
|Laval Titan||Laval||Quebec||1969–1970; 1971–1998|
|Quebec Remparts||Quebec City||Quebec||1969–1985; 1997–present|
|Drummondville Voltigeurs||Drummondville||Quebec||1969–1974; 1982–present|
|Sorel Eperviers||Sorel||Quebec||1969–1977; 1980–1981|
|Verdun Juniors||Verdun||Quebec||1969–1971; 1977–1980; 1982–1989;
|Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge
Montreal Junior Hockey Club
|Sherbrooke Phoenix||Sherbrooke||Quebec||1969–1982; 1999–2003; 2012–present|
|Moncton Wildcats||Moncton||New Brunswick||1995–present|
|Acadie-Bathurst Titan||Bathurst||New Brunswick||1998–present|
|Saint John Sea Dogs||Saint John||New Brunswick||2005–present|
|Charlottetown Islanders||Charlottetown||Prince Edward Island||2003–present|
|Halifax Mooseheads||Halifax||Nova Scotia||1994–present|
|Cape Breton Screaming Eagles||Sydney||Nova Scotia||1997–present|
|St. John's Fog Devils||St. John's||Newfoundland and Labrador||2005–2008|
The Memorial Cup has been captured twelve times by QMJHL teams since the league's founding in 1969:
This is a list of QMJHL trophies. The trophy's first season being awarded is shown in brackets.
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