Cape Breton Eagles
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City: Sydney, Nova Scotia
League: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Conference: Eastern
Division: Atlantic
Founded: 1997 (1997)–98
Home Arena: Centre 200
Colours: Black, white, gold and grey
                   
Head Coach: Flag of Canada Mario Durocher
General Manager: Flag of Canada Mario Durocher
Franchise history
1969–77: Sorel Éperviers
1977–79: Verdun Éperviers
1979–80: Sorel/Verdun Éperviers
1980–81: Sorel Éperviers
1981–95: Granby Bisons
1995–97: Granby Prédateurs
1997–: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
2019-present: Cape Breton Eagles


The Cape Breton Eagles are a major junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Their home rink is Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Franchise history (1969-1997)[edit | edit source]

The franchise was granted to the Sorel Eperviers (Black Hawks) for the 1969–70 season. They moved from Sorel to Verdun in 1977 to become the Verdun Eperviers. In 1979 they played in both Sorel and Verdun before moving back to Sorel for the next season. In 1981 they moved to Granby to become the Granby Bisons, and in 1995 they changed their names to the Granby Prédateurs. In 1996, the Prédateurs won the Memorial Cup. In 1997 they moved to Sydney to become the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Prior to the Eagles' arrival, Sydney played host to the AHL's Cape Breton Oilers from 1988 to 1996.

Cape Breton (1997–present)[edit | edit source]

Early years (1997–1999)[edit | edit source]

The Screaming Eagles' very first captain was Daniel Payette under coach Dany Dubé. They had very poor success in their first few seasons and often had difficulty earning respect around the league, with some players not wanting to come to Cape Breton or complaining while they were there. As enforcers were more common in the league at the time, the Screaming Eagles often made up for lack of skill by having an abundance of fighters.

The Vincent era (1999–2008)[edit | edit source]

The turn of the new millennium brought some hope to the Screaming Eagles franchise as new head coach and general manager Pascal Vincent was able to slowly turn things around. Star goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is often credited as the one who landed the Screaming Eagles on the map and prevented them from folding. Along with star players Dominic Noel, Stuart MacRae, and Stephen Dixon, the Screaming Eagles reached the league's conference final in 2002, only to lose in 5 games to Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Fleury's #29 went on to be retired by the Screaming Eagles in 2008.

Vincent made a bold move and stacked the Screaming Eagles lineup with many NHL prospects for the 2003–04 season in hopes of bringing a league title to Cape Breton. Most of the players came from a notorious "boomerang" trade with the Halifax Mooseheads. After the Screaming Eagles won 49 games and captured a division title, Fleury returned from the Pittsburgh Penguins, leading many to think the team would be unstoppable in the playoffs. The Screaming Eagles lost in the second round to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens.

Despite the embarrassment, President Greg Lynch opted not to fire Vincent. At the 2004 QMJHL draft, the Screaming Eagles chose James Sheppard with the 1st overall pick. In 2006–07, along with star players Luc Bourdon, Ondrej Pavelec, and Oskars Bartulis, Sheppard led the Screaming Eagles to the league semifinals, only to lose in 7 games to the Val-d'Or Foreurs.

The 2007–08 season saw 16 year-old goaltender Olivier Roy rise to prominence. The Screaming Eagles finished 4th in their division and won their first round playoff series despite having a roster that normally dressed at least ten rookies. Vincent went on to be named the 2008 QMJHL Coach of the Year. However, following the end of the season, Vincent violated the terms of his contract and became the head coach and general manager of the Montreal Junior Hockey Club.

The Durocher era (2008–present)[edit | edit source]

Centre 200, the Screaming Eagles' home ice.

Following Vincent's departure, Assistant Coach Mario Durocher took over the role of head coach and general manager. In a bid to host the Memorial Cup in 2012, Durocher in 2010 added former NHL players Mike McPhee and Guy Chouinard, former NHL coach Pierre Creamer and Michel Boucher to the hockey staff in consulting roles. Durocher was relieved of his duties effective immediately on April 12, 2011, after a lackluster season in which the team finished 16th in the League and last in the Atlantic Division with just 41 points.

The team's then-Head Coach Ron Choules replaced Durocher as GM in April 2011, though the team failed to improve on the ice. After a poor start to the 2012–13 season, Choules himself was fired as head coach and GM on December 3, 2012, with former Val-d'Or Head Coach Marc-André Dumont announced as his replacement. The 2012–13 season was a poor one for the Screaming Eagles, as they failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. At season's end, Assistant Coach Jean-François David was fired, with no replacement immediately announced.

The team would be renamed the Cape Breton Eagles during the summer of 2019.

logo until 2019

Players[edit | edit source]

NHL alumni[edit | edit source]


KHL alumni[edit | edit source]

NHL 1st round draft picks[edit | edit source]

Retired numbers[edit | edit source]

Award winners[edit | edit source]

CHL Scholastic Player of the Year

  • 2007–08: Robert Slaney

Humanitarian Award

  • 2009-10: Nick MacNeil

Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy

  • 2003–04: Martin Houle (2.32)
  • 2005–06: Ondrej Pavelec (2.51)
  • 2006–07: Ondrej Pavelec (2.52)

Luc Robitaille Trophy

  • 2006–07: Cape Breton (308)

Marcel Robert Trophy

  • 2004–05: Guillaume Demers
  • 2007–08: Robert Slaney

Maurice Filion Trophy

  • 2006–07: Pascal Vincent

Mike Bossy Trophy

  • 2002–03: Marc-Andre Fleury

Philips Plaque

  • 2001–02: Pierre-Luc Emond

Raymond Lagacé Trophy

  • 2005–06: Ondrej Pavelec
  • 2007–08: Olivier Roy

RDS Cup

  • 2005–06: Ondrej Pavelec
  • 2007–08: Olivier Roy

Robert Lebel Trophy

  • 2003–04: Cape Breton (2.33)

Ron Lapointe Trophy

  • 2007–08: Pascal Vincent

Telus Cup – Defensive

  • 2002–03: Marc-Andre Fleury
  • 2004–05: Martin Houle
  • Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (1997–Present)

Regular season[edit | edit source]

OL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss, Pct = Winning percentage
Season Games Won Lost Tied OL SL Points Pct Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1997–98 70 19 46 5 43 0.307 211 295 6th, Dilio
1998–99 70 22 44 4 48 0.343 226 272 6th, Dilio
1999–00 72 24 39 3 6 57 0.396 230 302 3rd, Maritimes
2000–01 72 30 37 4 1 65 0.451 270 292 2nd, Maritimes
2001–02 72 38 20 10 4 90 0.625 286 224 3rd, Maritimes
2002–03 72 21 37 9 5 56 0.389 200 268 4th, Maritimes
2003–04 70 49 16 2 3 103 0.736 273 164 1st, Atlantic
2004–05 70 32 27 8 3 75 0.536 206 195 3rd, Atlantic
2005–06 70 40 23 3 4 87 0.621 236 206 3rd, Eastern
2006–07 70 46 22 2 0 94 0.671 308 200 2nd, Eastern
2007–08 70 40 24 3 3 86 0.614 242 230 4th, Eastern
2008–09 68 46 18 3 1 96 0.676 252 201 2nd, Atlantic
2009–10 68 41 22 2 3 87 0.603 238 185 3rd, Atlantic
2010–11 68 18 45 1 4 41 0.301 154 246 5th, Maritimes
2011–12 68 23 42 1 2 49 0.360 219 306 5th, Maritimes
2012–13 68 14 46 3 5 36 0.265 161 308 6th, Maritimes
2013-14 68 37 27 - 1 3 78 0.574 260 260 2nd, Maritimes
2014-15 68 31 31 - 3 3 68 0.500 258 246 5th, Maritimes
2015–16 68 38 24 5 1 82 0.603 286 237 3rd, Maritimes
2016–17 68 39 25 2 2 82 0.603 270 230 4th, Maritimes
2017-18 68 32 28 - 6 2 72 0.529 235 259 4th, Maritimes
2018-19 68 40 22 - 1 5 86 0.632 267 214 3rd, Maritimes
2019-20 63 40 20 - 2 1 83 0.659 269 194 2nd, Maritimes

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1997–98 L, 0–4, Quebec Remparts - - -
1998–99 L, 1–4, Acadie-Bathurst Titan - - -
1999–2000 L, 0–4, Quebec Remparts - - -
2000–01 W, 4–3, Chicoutimi Saguenéens L, 1–4, Acadie-Bathurst Titan - -
2001–02 W, 4–1, Baie-Comeau Drakkar W, 4–2, Halifax Mooseheads L, 1–4, Acadie-Bathurst Titan -
2002–03 L, 0–4, Halifax Mooseheads - - -
2003–04 Bye L, 1–4, Chicoutimi Saguenéens - -
2004–05 L, 1–4, Gatineau Olympiques - - -
2005–06 W, 4–1, St. John's Fog Devils L, 0–4, Acadie-Bathurst Titan - -
2006–07 W, 4–0, St. John's Fog Devils W, 4–1, Acadie-Bathurst Titan L, 3–4, Val-d'Or Foreurs -
2007–08 W, 4–2, Lewiston MAINEiacs L, 1–4, Halifax Mooseheads - -
2008–09 W, 4–0, Saint John Sea Dogs L, 3–4, Quebec Remparts - -
2009–10 L, 1–4, Moncton Wildcats - - -
2010–11 L, 0–4, Saint John Sea Dogs - - -
2011–12 L, 0–4, Saint John Sea Dogs - - -
2012–13 - - - -
2013–14 L, 0–4, Gatineau Olympiques - - -
2014–15 L, 3–4, Quebec Remparts - - -
2015-16 W, 4-2, Chicoutimi Saguenéens L, 3-4 Saint John Sea Dogs - -
2016-17 W, 4-3, Gatineau Olympiques L, 0-4 Charlottetown Islanders - -
2017-18 L, 1-4 Drummondville Voltigeurs - - -
2018-19 W, 4-2 Charlottetown Islanders L, 1-4 Rimouski Océanic - -
2019-20 playoffs cancelled

Team records[edit | edit source]

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 103 2003–04
Least points 36 2012-13
Most wins 49 2003–04
Most goals for 308 2006–07
Least goals for 154 2010-11
Least goals against 164 2003–04
Most goals against 308 2012-13
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Cam Fergus 53 2006–07
Most assists Dominic Noel, James Sheppard 63 2001–02, 2006–07
Most points Dominic Noel 105 2001–02
Most points (rookie) Evgeny Svechnikov 78 2014-15
Most points (defenceman) Jean-Claude Sawyer 77 2006–07
Most penalty minutes Pascal Morency 596 2001–02
Most wins (goaltender) Olivier Roy 35 2008–09
Best GAA (goaltender) Martin Houle 2.32 2003–04

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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