Gatineau Olympiques
Gatineau Olympiques logo
City Gatineau, Quebec
League Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Conference Telus
Division West
Founded 1969
Home arena Robert Guertin Centre
Colors Black, white and silver
General manager vacant (as of May 10, 2016)
Head coach Mario Duhamel
Championships 1997 Memorial Cup Champions

Franchise history
1969–1970 Hull Hawks
1970–1976 Hull Festivals
1976–2003 Hull Olympiques
2003–present Gatineau Olympiques
The Gatineau Olympiques are a major junior ice hockey team based in Gatineau, Quebec, that plays in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The Olympiques play home games at the Robert Guertin Centre. The club, then known as the Hull Festivals, was granted membership in the QMJHL in 1973. The Olympiques have appeared in the Memorial Cup seven times, winning once in 1997. Over eighty former players and coaches have gone on to play or coach in the National Hockey League (NHL), including Martin Biron, Ales Hemsky, Luc Robitaille, Jeremy Roenick, Michael Ryder, Maxime Talbot, José Théodore, Colin White, Claude Giroux, David Krejci, Jack Adams-winning head coaches Alain Vigneault and Pat Burns and 2011 Stanley Cup-winning coach Claude Julien.


Gatineau Olympiques original

Before joining the "Q", the team was a member of the Central Junior A Hockey League, known originally as the Hull Castors but later as the Hull Hawks. Originally Hull and the CJHL were eligible to compete for the Memorial Cup, the Major Junior crown, but were relegated to Tier II Junior "A" in 1970. Three seasons before joining the QMJHL in 1973 they became the Hull Festivals, and in 1976, they became the Hull Olympiques; the team name was changed to the Gatineau Olympiques one year after the city of Hull was amalgamated into Gatineau in 2002.

The Olympiques share a junior hockey market with the Ottawa 67's, across the Ottawa River. Pre-season games between the two teams were a regular occurrence from 1975 to 1986.[1] The teams have played interleague regular-season home and home games in the 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2009–10 seasons since.[2]

The Olympiques have won the President's Cup seven times, most recently in 2007–08. The team has been to four Memorial Cup finals, losing three (1986, 2003 and 2004) and winning the 1997 Memorial Cup, which they also hosted.

On May 31, 2010, it was announced that former Olympiques coach Benoit Groulx, who had left the organization to coach the Rochester Americans would be returning to be the General Manager and Head Coach.[3]

Beginning in the 2011–12 season, the Olympiques returned to their old colours of black, silver and white. [4]

An article in the Ottawa Sun raised questions about the franchises future:

On June 2nd, (2015) the future of the franchise became unclear as the franchise may be forced to relocate after a plan to finance a new $75 million arena was shot down by the Gatineau council 15-3. At the same meeting the council voted to demolish the Robert Guertin Centre in 2018. Private financing will be needed to build a new arena.

However, by early 2017 and agreement was reached for a new arena that will tentatively open for the 2020-21 season. The arena is planned to have a capacity of 4,000 and cost an estimated $79 million Canadian.[5]


Jean Rougeau Trophy – Regular season champions
  • 1985–86 (108 pts), 1987–88 (90 pts), 1996–97 (99 pts), 2003–04 (107 pts)

Division titles – Regular season champions

  • 1985–86 (108 pts), 1987–88 (90 pts), 1996–97 (99 pts), 1999–2000 (90 pts), 2001–02 (75 pts), 2003–04 (107 pts)

Season-by-season recordEdit

  • Hull Hawks (1969–1970)
  • Hull Festivals (1970–1976)[6]
  • Hull Olympiques (1976–2003)[7]
  • Gatineau Olympiques (2003–present)[8]

Regular seasonEdit

Complete results before 1969 unavailable.

OL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss, Pct = Winning percentage
Season Games WonLostTiedOLSLPointsPct Goals
1969–7040 8248 - -240.3001491995th, CJAHL
1970–714821207 - -490.5102552383rd, CJAHL
1971–724816311 - -330.3441782695th, CJAHL
1972–7355 7453 - -170.1551923386th, CJAHL
1973–747014551 - -290.2072264056th, West
1974–757234326 - -740.5143863694th, West
1975–767230357 - -670.4653123184th, West
1976–777226379 - -610.4242833335th, Lebel
1977–787234344 - -720.5003573975th, Lebel
1978–797210557 - -270.1882624915th, Lebel
1979–8072253512 - -620.4313363783rd, Lebel
1980–817223463 - -490.3402623534th, Lebel
1981–826441212 - -840.6563432602nd, QMJHL
1982–837030400 - -600.4293934065th, Lebel
1983–847025450 - -500.3573014116th, Lebel
1984–856833341 - -710.4933473522nd, Lebel
1985–867254180 - -1080.7504232621st, Lebel
1986–877026395 - -570.4072863234th, Lebel
1987–887043234 - -900.6433803941st, Lebel
1988–897040255 - -850.6073292643rd, QMJHL
1989–907036295 - -770.5503062826th, QMJHL
1990–917036277 - -790.5642632352nd, Lebel
1991–927041245 - -870.6213312592nd, Lebel
1992–937040282 - -820.5862962682nd, Lebel
1993–947238313 - -790.5493103043rd, Lebel
1994–957242282 - -860.5973402742nd, Lebel
1995–967052162 - -1060.7573472462nd, Lebel
1996–977048193 - -990.7073462051st, Lebel
1997–987032371 - -650.4642702686th, Lebel
1998–997023389 - -550.3932762986th, Lebel
1999–200072422460 -900.6253392561st, West
2000–0172342873 -780.5422882843rd, West
2001–0272333036 -750.5212302531st, West
2002–0372392742 -840.5832662222nd, West
2003–0470501370 -1070.7643061791st, Western
2004–0570332854 -750.5362162373rd, Western
2005–06704023 -43870.6212612154th, Western
2006–07703927 -22820.5863032743rd, Telus
2007–08704319 -62930.6642722093rd, Telus
2008–09683825 -23810.5592322321st, Western
2009–10683033 -14650.4412132173rd, Telus West
2010–11684317 -35940.6912431933rd, Telus West
2011–12682632 -55620.4562232744th, Telus West
2012–13682934 -14630.4632202655th, Telus West
2013–14684123 -13860.6322542184th, Telus West
2014-15683131 -06680.500234242 5th, West
2015-16684619 -21950.6992501733rd, West
2016-17683331 -40700.5142342533rd, West
2017-18683227 -54730.5372132155th, West
2018-19682339 -42520.3821942484th, West
2019-20642237 -50490.3822042474th, West

Team recordsEdit

Team records for a single season
Most points1081985–86
Most wins541985–86
Most goals for4231985–86
Least goals for2132009–10
Least goals against1732015-16
Most goals against4911978–79
Individual player records for a single season
Most goalsGuy Rouleau911985–86
Most assistsLuc Robitaille1231985–86
Most pointsGuy Rouleau and Luc Robitaille1911985–86
Most points, rookieMartin Gélinas1311987–88
Most points, defensemanJiri Fischer781998–99
Best GAA (goalie)Gabriel Bouthillette2.202003–04
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

NHL alumniEdit

Lists of National Hockey League alumni. No player from the "Hull Castors" or "Hull Hawks" went on the play in the NHL.

Hull Festivals (1970–1976) source

Hull Olympiques (1976–2003) source

Gatineau Olympiques (since 2003) sourcesource

Retired numbersEdit

Olympiques honourees

Five Olympiques players have had their numbers retired by the team. Former coach Pat Burns has also been honoured.


External linksEdit

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