The 1973–74 QMJHL season was the 5th season in the history of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. East and west divisions resumed with the addition of two new teams, the Hull Festivals and Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Eleven teams played 70 games each in the schedule, up from the 64 games the previous season.
The season sparked an offensive explosion, unmatched in Canadian Hockey League history. The Sorel Éperviers finished first overall in the regular season, and set a CHL record of 620 goals scored as a team. Three Sorel players, Pierre Larouche, Michel Deziel and Jacques Cossette, had more than 90 goals and 200 points each. Sorel goalkeeper Claude Legris won the top goaltender award, despite posting a 4.50 goals against average; the highest GAA of any Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy winner to date.
Pierre Larouche set a Canadian junior ice hockey record scoring record for most points scored in a season with 251, that lasted until the 1983–84 QMJHL season when broken by Mario Lemieux. Three different players, Mike Bossy, Alain Daigle and Bob Sirois each scored 70 goals or more in the season, yet none were in the top ten league scoring leaders.
The Québec Remparts finished second place in the regular season despite scoring 531 goals as a team, the second highest in CHL history. Quebec won the President's Cup, defeating the first place Sorel Éperviers in the finals.
Team changes[edit | edit source]
- The Shawinigan Bruins were renamed the Shawinigan Dynamos.
- The Trois-Rivières Ducs were renamed the Trois-Rivières Draveurs.
- The Chicoutimi Saguenéens joined the league as an expansion franchise.
- The Hull Festivals joined the league as an expansion franchise.
Final standings[edit | edit source]
Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; Pts = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against
|Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge||70||43||24||3||89||443||320|
Scoring leaders[edit | edit source]
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in Minutes
|Pierre Larouche||Sorel Éperviers||67||94||157||251||53|
|Michel Deziel||Sorel Éperviers||69||92||135||227||69|
|Réal Cloutier||Quebec Remparts||69||93||123||216||40|
|Jacques Cossette||Sorel Éperviers||68||97||117||214||217|
|Jacques Locas||Quebec Remparts||63||99||107||206||87|
|Rich Nantais||Quebec Remparts||67||64||130||194||213|
|Gary MacGregor||Cornwall Royals||66||100||74||174||76|
|Guy Chouinard||Quebec Remparts||62||75||85||160||22|
|Marcel Dumais||Sherbrooke Castors||67||59||101||160||73|
|Kevin Treacy||Cornwall Royals||69||51||105||156||57|
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
Jacques Locas was the leading scorer of the playoffs with 51 points (18 goals, 33 assists).
- Sorel Éperviers defeated Trois-Rivières Draveurs 4 games to 0.
- Québec Remparts defeated Shawinigan Dynamos 4 games to 0.
- Laval National defeated Cornwall Royals 4 games to 1.
- Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge defeated Sherbrooke Castors 4 games to 1.
- Sorel Éperviers defeated Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge 4 games to 0.
- Québec Remparts defeated Laval National 4 games to 2.
- Québec Remparts defeated Sorel Éperviers 4 games to 2.
All-star teams[edit | edit source]
- First team
- Goalkeeper - Bob Sauvé, Laval National
- Left Defence - Denis Carufel, Sorel Éperviers
- Right Defence - Bob Murray, Cornwall Royals
- Left Winger - Michel Deziel, Sorel Éperviers
- Centreman - Gary MacGregor, Cornwall Royals
- Right Winger - Jacques Cossette, Sorel Éperviers
- Coach - Ghislain Delage, Sherbrooke Castors
- Second team
- Goalkeeper - André Lepage, Drummondville Rangers
- Left Defence - Jean Bernier, Shawinigan Bruins
- Right Defence - Richard Mulhern, Sherbrooke Castors
- Left Winger - Claude Larose, Drummondville Rangers
- Centreman - Pierre Larouche, Sorel Éperviers
- Right Winger - Réal Cloutier, Québec Remparts
- Coach - Ron Racette, Cornwall Royals
- List of First/Second/Rookie team all-stars.
Trophies and awards[edit | edit source]
- President's Cup - Playoff Champions, Québec Remparts
- Jean Rougeau Trophy - Regular Season Champions, Sorel Éperviers
- Michel Brière Memorial Trophy - Most Valuable Player, Gary MacGregor, Cornwall Royals
- Jean Béliveau Trophy - Top Scorer, Pierre Larouche, Sorel Éperviers
- Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy - Best GAA, Claude Legris, Sorel Éperviers
- Michel Bergeron Trophy - Rookie of the Year, Mike Bossy, Laval National
- Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy - Most sportsmanlike player, Gary MacGregor, Cornwall Royals
Team Photos[edit | edit source]
Game Ads[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
1972–73 QMJHL season
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1974–75 QMJHL season
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