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This is the 2020-21 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season. This is the league's 52nd season.

Start and Stop of Play[]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the league had modified its schedule, to have team only play intra-divisional games for the season and reduced crowds, which started on October 2nd. The QMJHL was the only one of the three Major Junior leagues to start operations in anything resembling a normal time frame. The WHL was hoping to start play in early January with a strictly intra-divisional schedule as well. The OHL is facing the likelihood of not being able to play at all or have to play with a drastic change to the way the game is played such as no checking and 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 game play.

A rise in cases in the province of Quebec had begun during training camp leading the province to place severe restrictions in much of the area along the St. Lawrence River between greater Montreal and Quebec City which accounts for the majority of the provinces population.

By October 14 the league announced that play among Quebec teams would be stopped for at least two weeks due to the restrictions in place causing 6 of the 12 Quebec teams not being able to operate. The Moncton Wildcats are also unable to operated due to restrictions in place in the Moncton area due to a spike in cases in the Moncton area and the province as a whole. The remaining five teams in the Atlantic Division are allowed to have games for the time being as PEI and Nova Scotia have had relatively few cases and Bathurst and Saint John have not been hit as hard as Moncton.

On November 30th the league suspended play until at least January 3rd due to an increase in cases across the league's footprint.[1]

Franchise changes[]

Member teams[]

Division Team City Arena Capacity
West Blainville-Boisbriand Armada Boisbriand, Quebec Centre d'Excellence Sports Rousseau 3,269
Gatineau Olympiques Gatineau, Quebec Centre Robert Guertin 3,196
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec Aréna Iamgold 2,993
Val-d'Or Foreurs Val-d'Or, Quebec Centre Air Creebec 2,398
Central Drummondville Voltigeurs Drummondville, Quebec Centre Marcel Dionne 2,889
Shawinigan Cataractes Shawinigan, Quebec Centre Gervais Auto 4,350
Sherbrooke Phoenix Sherbrooke, Quebec Palais des Sports 3,718
Victoriaville Tigres Victoriaville, Quebec Colisée Desjardins 2,753
East Baie-Comeau Drakkar Baie-Comeau, Quebec Centre Henry-Leonard 2,779
Chicoutimi Saguenéens Saguenay, Quebec Centre Georges-Vézina 3,759
Quebec Remparts Quebec City, Quebec Videotron Centre 18,482
Rimouski Océanic Rimouski, Quebec Colisée Financière Sun Life 4,415
Maritimes Acadie–Bathurst Titan Bathurst, New Brunswick K.C. Irving Regional Centre 3,162
Cape Breton Eagles Sydney, Nova Scotia (Cape Breton Regional Municipality), Nova Scotia Centre 200 5,010
Charlottetown Islanders Charlottetown, P.E.I. Eastlink Centre 3,718
Halifax Mooseheads Halifax, Nova Scotia Scotiabank Centre 10,595
Moncton Wildcats Moncton, New Brunswick Avenir Centre 10,000
Saint John Sea Dogs Saint John, New Brunswick TD Station 6,297

Final standings[]

Source: TheQMJHL.ca
Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime Losses; SL = Shootout Losses; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; PTS = Points; PTS%= Points Percentage; x = clinched playoff berth; y = clinched division title; z = clinched Jean Rougeau Trophy

Maritimes Division GP W L OTL SL PTS PTS% GF GA Rank
xy-Charlottetown Islanders 40 35 5 0 0 70 .875 197 89 1
x-Acadie–Bathurst Titan 33 21 10 1 1 44 .667 146 121 4
x-Saint John Sea Dogs 33 15 14 3 1 34 .515 138 136 11
x-Halifax Mooseheads 43 15 19 5 4 39 .453 152 183 13
x-Moncton Wildcats 31 11 17 2 1 25 .403 105 136 14
x-Cape Breton Eagles 38 12 25 1 0 25 .329 113 186 17
East Division GP W L OTL SL PTS PTS% GF GA Rank
xy-Chicoutimi Saguenéens 29 17 7 3 2 39 .672 105 77 3
x-Shawinigan Cataractes 34 21 10 2 1 45 .662 125 109 5
x-Victoriaville Tigres 26 16 9 1 0 33 .635 99 65 6
x-Quebec Remparts 32 17 9 4 2 40 .625 107 96 8
x-Rimouski Océanic 39 13 22 2 2 30 .385 104 143 15
x-Baie-Comeau Drakkar 36 8 26 1 1 18 .250 82 137 18
West Division GP W L OTL SL PTS PTS% GF GA Rank
xy-Val-d'Or Foreurs 36 29 3 2 2 62 .861 141 78 2
x-Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 32 18 10 4 0 40 .625 133 118 7
x-Drummondville Voltigeurs 34 18 11 4 1 41 .603 106 104 9
x-Gatineau Olympiques 31 16 11 2 2 36 .581 95 87 10
x-Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 40 17 18 4 1 39 .488 100 146 12
x-Sherbrooke Phoenix 27 8 17 1 1 18 .333 68 105 16

2021 President's Cup Playoffs[]

Playoff set up[]

Maritimes Division[]

On April 16th the league posted an update on the playoffs for the teams in the Maritimes Division. The Cape Breton Eagles and Halifax Mooseheads will not participate in the 2021 President Cup Playoffs (shortly after the start of the playoffs indoor gatherings would be banned and restrictions on non-essential travel in Nova Scotia due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases). The three New Brunswick teams will play a nine game round robin to determine who will play the Charlottetown Islanders in the Maritimes Division final.

Quebec Divisions[]

The 12 Quebec teams will participate in a playoff that will have three teams advance to a semifinal event along with the Maritimes champion in a protected environment with the exact format to be determined.[2] The playoff scheduling for the Gatineau Olympiques and the Québec Remparts remains on hold as both teams are dealing with COVID-19 issues.[3]

Cancellation of 2021 Memorial Cup[]

The playoff champion does not advance to the 2021 Memorial Cup as the event was cancelled on April due to restrictions from the pandemic as the Ontario Hockey League is due to host the tournament and the league has not begun play for the 2020-21 season and are facing not being able to even practice until late May at the earliest due to a lock-down in place in the Province of Ontario due to a large spike in cases of COVID-19 in the province.[4] The OHL would cancel its' season on April 20th without playing any games. The Western Hockey League cancelled its playoffs on April 19th due to logistical issues involving multiple governmental jurisdictional regulations (four provinces, two states, and two countries).

Quebec First Round[]

New Brunswick Round Robin[]

Standings[]

Team GP W L GF GA Pts
Acadie–Bathurst Titan 6 4 2 26 25 8
Saint John Sea Dogs 6 3 3 28 24 6
Moncton Wildcats 5 2 4 22 27 4

Atlantic Final[]

Best-of-five

Quebec Second Round[]

Best-of-five, all games held at Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Quebec

Semifinals[]

Being held at Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Quebec. Best-of-five series.

Final[]

Held at Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Quebec. Best-of-seven series.


References[]

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