Rimouski Océanic
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City: Rimouski, Quebec
League: QMJHL
Division: East
Founded: 1995-96
Home Arena: Colisée de Rimouski
Colours: Royal blue, white and navy blue
Head Coach: Serge Beausoleil
General Manager: Serge Beausoleil
Franchise history
1969–82: Sherbrooke Castors
1982–89: Saint-Jean Castors
1989–95: Saint-Jean Lynx
1995–present: Rimouski Océanic

The Rimouski Océanic are a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The franchise was granted for the 1969–70 season as the Sherbrooke Castors. The Castors played in Sherbrooke from 1969 to 1982 before moving to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, in 1982 to become the Saint-Jean Castors. In 1989, the team was renamed the Saint-Jean Lynx. In 1995, the team then moved to Rimouski, Quebec, to become the Rimouski Océanic.

The Océanic logo is an ocean liner with a set of teeth on the bow, jutting out of waves creating both a profile that suggests both a striking shark and a fleur-de-lis. The team colours are royal blue, navy blue and white, and their home arena is the Colisée de Rimouski. The team's sweater has proven popular in the United States, as Reebok has issued it with current Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby's number 87 on it.

The team won the QMJHL championship in the 1999–2000 season and went on to win the Memorial Cup that year, with a team featuring future NHL star Brad Richards.

The team is currently one of the more well-known teams in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), particularly because of the addition of Sidney Crosby in the 2003–04 season. Crosby's 135 points for the club set a new record for a 16-year-old in the QMJHL and was second only to Wayne Gretzky in that particular age-group for all Canadian hockey. Other notable alumni through the years include Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, Ryane Clowe and Michael Frolik.

In 2005, the Océanic set a QMJHL record after going 28 consecutive games without a loss. The team then went on to win seven games in a row in the playoffs, improving the unbeaten streak to an unofficial 35-straight. They won their second QMJHL championship in five years and subsequently represented the QMJHL in the 2005 Memorial Cup. After losing the opener against the hometown London Knights, the Océanic beat both the defending Memorial Cup champion Kelowna Rockets, who were in their third-straight Memorial Cup, and the Ottawa 67's. Rimouski then beat the 67's again in the semi-finals to set up a rematch of their opening game against the Knights. However, the Océanic were shut out in the final game 4–0.

The QMJHL announced on April 3, 2008, that the Océanic were chosen to host the 2009 Memorial Cup.[1]

In the 2014–15 season, the Océanic captured the QMJHL championship in double overtime of the seventh game against the Quebec Remparts. Because the Remparts were the hosts of 2015 Memorial Cup, they had already qualified for the Memorial Cup tournament prior to the QMJHL final, thus entering Rimouski into the Cup tournament. The Océanic finished 1–2 in the round robin portion in the tournament, advancing to the tie-breaker to play the Remparts, ultimately losing 5–2.

Year by Year Record[edit | edit source]

Season G W L T OL SL Pts % GF GA Standing Playoffs
Sherbrooke Castors
1969–70 56 23 31 2 - - 48 0.429 263 295 6th Eastern Did not qualify
1970–71 62 30 31 1 - - 61 0.492 287 298 4th QMJHL Lost in Semifinals
1971–72 62 29 31 2 - - 60 0.484 301 294 6th QMJHL Lost in Quarterfinals
1972–73 64 28 34 2 - - 58 0.453 278 309 5th QMJHL Lost in Semifinals
1973–74 70 37 32 1 - - 75 0.536 333 340 3rd West Lost in Quarterfinals
1974–75 72 51 14 7 - - 109 0.757 443 269 1st West Won Championship
1975–76 72 51 12 9 - - 111 0.771 514 276 1st West Lost in final
1976–77 72 40 23 9 - - 89 0.618 392 311 1st Lebel Won Championship
1977–78 72 41 26 5 - - 87 0.604 482 380 2nd Dilio Lost in Semifinals
1978–79 72 45 21 6 - - 96 0.667 406 291 2nd Dilio Lost in final
1979–80 72 45 20 7 - - 97 0.674 435 314 1st Dilio Lost in final
1980–81 72 40 29 3 - - 83 0.576 381 324 3rd Dilio Lost in Semifinals
1981–82 64 42 20 2 - - 86 0.672 392 265 1st QMJHL Won Championship
Saint-Jean Castors
1982–83 70 28 37 5 - - 61 0.436 375 421 4th Lebel Lost in quarterfinals
1983–84 70 30 36 4 - - 64 0.457 366 363 4th Lebel Lost in quarterfinals
1984–85 68 31 36 1 - - 68 0.463 347 348 3rd Lebel Lost in quarterfinals
1985–86 72 35 33 4 - - 74 0.514 350 377 4th Lebel Lost in semifinals
1986–87 70 28 41 1 - - 57 0.407 332 389 4th Lebel Lost in quarterfinals
1987–88 70 41 26 3 - - 85 0.607 346 283 3rd Lebel Lost in quarterfinals
1988–89 70 33 34 3 - - 69 0.493 345 386 6th QMJHL Lost in quarterfinals
Saint-Jean Lynx
1989–90 70 30 36 4 - - 64 0.457 297 311 9th QMJHL Did not qualify
1990–91 70 21 43 6 - - 48 0.343 205 289 6th Lebel Did not qualify
1991–92 70 24 43 3 - - 51 0.364 250 336 6th Lebel Did not qualify
1992–93 70 35 32 3 - - 73 0.521 282 276 3rd Lebel Lost in quarterfinals
1993–94 72 29 37 6 - - 64 0.444 264 265 5th Lebel Lost in first round
1994–95 72 39 27 6 - - 84 0.583 282 277 3rd Lebel Lost in first round
Rimouski Océanic
1995–96 70 25 41 4 - - 54 0.386 267 317 6th Dilio Lost in quarterfinals
1996–97 70 34 31 5 - - 73 0.521 298 261 5th Dilio Lost in first round
1997–98 70 40 27 3 - - 83 0.593 296 257 2nd Dilio Lost in final
1998–99 70 30 32 8 - - 68 0.486 270 263 5th Dilio Lost in quarterfinals
1999–2000 72 48 18 4 2 - 102 0.708 370 274 1st East Won championship
2000–01 72 25 43 2 2 - 54 0.375 268 328 4th East Lost in quarterfinals
2001–02 72 33 33 4 2 - 72 0.500 270 293 3rd East Lost in first round
2002–03 72 11 58 3 0 - 25 0.174 198 385 4th East Did not qualify
2003–04 70 34 28 5 3 - 76 0.543 284 252 1st East Lost in semifinals
2004–05 70 45 17 5 3 - 98 0.700 333 239 1st East Won Championship
2005–06 70 10 57 - 2 1 23 0.164 184 377 10th West Did not qualify
2006–07 70 22 39 - 7 2 53 0.379 237 303 10th West Did not qualify
2007–08 70 33 36 - 1 0 67 0.479 227 235 7th West Lost in quarterfinals
2008–09 68 44 23 - 1 0 89 0.654 267 223 2nd East Lost in semifinals
2009–10 68 34 27 - 5 2 75 0.551 246 265 2nd Eastern Lost in quarterfinals
2010–11 68 31 33 - 1 3 66 0.485 226 236 5th East Lost in first round
2011–12 68 40 26 - 2 0 82 0.603 260 235 4th East Lost in finals
2012–13 68 41 18 - 3 6 91 0.669 264 223 2nd East Lost in first round
2013-14 68 45 16 - 3 4 97 0.713 258 194 2nd East Lost in quarterfinals
2014-15 68 47 16 - 3 2 99 0.728 279 198 1st East Won Championship
2015-16 68 36 25 - 5 2 79 0.581 208 203 2nd East Lost in first round
2016-17 68 26 35 - 6 1 59 0.434 229 255 6th East Lost in first round
2017-18 68 42 17 - 6 3 93 0.684 231 171 1st East Lost in First Round
2018-19 68 44 20 - 4 0 92 0.676 272 173 2nd East Lost in Semifinals
2019-20 63 45 12 - 5 1 96 0.762 256 182 1st East Playoffs cancelled

Playoff results[edit | edit source]

Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1995-96 Round-robin - advanced L, 4-0, Beauport - -
1996-97 L, 3-1, Chicoutimi - - -
1997-98 W, 4–1, Halifax 1st, round-robin, Quebec/Moncton W, 4-2, Quebec L, 4-0, Val-d'Or
1998-99 W, 4-0, Moncton L, 4-3, Quebec - -
1999-00 Bye W, 4-0, Halifax W, 4-1, Moncton W, 4-1, Hull
2000-01 W, 4-2, Halifax L, 4-1, Baie-Comeau - -
2001–02 L, 4-3, Halifax - - -
2002–03 - - - -
2003–04 Bye W, 4-0, Shawinigan L, 4-1, Moncton -
2004–05 Bye W, 4-0, Lewiston W, 4-1, Chicoutimi W, 4-0, Halifax
2005–06 - - - -
2006–07 - - - -
2007–08 W, 4-1, Baie-Comeau L, 4-0, Rouyn-Noranda - -
2008–09 W, 4-0, Chicoutimi W, 4-1, Moncton L, 4-0, Drummondville -
2009–10 W, 4-3, Chicoutimi L, 4-1, Drummondville - -
2010–11 L, 4-1, Gatineau - - -
2011–12 W, 4-0, Val-d'Or W, 4-3, Blainville-Boisbriand W, 4-2, Halifax L, 4-0, Saint John
2012–13 L, 4-2, Gatineau - - -
2013–14 W, 4-0, Chicoutimi L, 4-3, Blainville-Boisbriand - -
2014–15 W, 4-0, Victoriaville W, 4-1, Gatineau W, 4-0, Val-d'Or W, 4-3, Quebec
2015–16 L, 4-2, Charlottetown - - -
2016–17 L, 4-0, Saint John - - -
2017–18 L, 4-3, Moncton - - -
2018-19 W, 4-0 Chicoutimi W, 4-1 Cape Breton L, 0-4 Rouyn-Noranda -
2019-20 Playoffs cancelled


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