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Saint John Sea Dogs
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City: Saint John, New Brunswick
League: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Conference: Atlantic
Division: Atlantic
Founded: 2005 (2005)–06
Home Arena: Harbour Station
Colours: Royal blue, black, white & silver
Head Coach: Danny Flynn
General Manager: Darrell Young

The Saint John Sea Dogs are a major junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, entering the league as an expansion team in 2005. The Sea Dogs play at Harbour Station, Saint John, New Brunswick, with a capacity of 6,488. On May 29, 2011, the Sea Dogs became the first team from Atlantic Canada to win the Memorial Cup.


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The Sea Dogs filled the void left in Saint John by the departure of the AHL's Saint John Flames when the city was granted a team for the 2005–06 QMJHL season, paying a $3 million expansion fee. The Sea Dogs' expansion twins were the St. John's Fog Devils.

The Sea Dogs' very first head coach was Christian La Rue under general manager Bob "Tipper" LeBlanc, and the captaincy was split between Charles Bergeron and Vincent Lambert. The Sea Dogs were also given the first overall pick at the 2005 QMJHL Draft, selecting defenceman Alex Grant. The Sea Dogs had a weak first season and missed the playoffs.

During the offseason, Christian La Rue was fired and quickly replaced with former London Knights assistant coach Jacques Beaulieu. Beaulieu served as the head coach for the entire second season. Tipper Leblanc resigned mid-season, and Beaulieu stepped into the dual role of coach-GM.

The Sea Dogs' poor performance in their first season granted them another first overall pick at the 2006 QMJHL Draft, where they selected another defenceman, Yann Sauve. The team missed the playoffs again.

The 2007 QMJHL Draft saw the Sea Dogs land the first pick yet again, with which they selected defenceman Simon Despres. In the same draft round they selected Steven Anthony 10th overall. The team also selected goaltender Robert Mayer 3rd overall at the 2007 CHL Import Draft.

The Sea Dogs did not make a first round selection in the 2008 QMJHL Entry Draft. In the second round, the Sea Dogs used their first pick to select defenceman Kevin Gagne. Another interesting story was the addition of Jacques Beaulieu's son Nathan to the roster.

Before the 2008–09 season The Hockey News ranked the Sea Dogs the second-best team in the QMJHL, and 5th overall in the entire CHL. The team underperformed, traded stars such as Alex Grant and Chris DiDomenico at Christmas, and fired Jacques Beaulieu after a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

In the 2009 QMJHL Draft, they chose defensemen Pierre Durepos 10th overall and forward Jonathan Huberdeau 18th overall, in the same draft round. In the 2009 CHL Import Draft, the Sea Dogs chose Russian forward Stanislav Galiev first overall and Slovak forward Tomas Jurco fourth overall.

In the 2010 QMJHL Draft, they chose Saint Johner, Ryan Tesink 18th overall in the first round.

As of February 15, 2011, Yann Sauve became the first player from the Saint John Sea Dogs organization to play an NHL game with his NHL draft team, the Vancouver Canucks.[1]

In the 2011 QMJHL Draft, their first pick didn't come until the second round, where they traded up from 36th to 19th with Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and selected New Brunswick native Oliver Cooper.

The Sea Dogs tied a QMJHL record for most wins in a season with 58 in 2011

The Sea Dogs won their first ever QMJHL presidents cup on May 15, 2011

The Sea Dogs Became the First team from Atlantic Canada to win A Mastercard Memorial Cup On May 29, 2011

400th Game

The Saint John Sea Dogs played their 400th Regular Season Game in the QMJHL on Sunday, February 13, 2011 VS the Moncton Wildcats. The Sea Dogs won the contest 3-2 in a shootout.

One Millionth Fan

On Friday, May 13, 2011, in a playoff series against the Gatineau Olympique, the Sea Dogs welcomed their one millionth fan in team history. The fan received a signed team jersey. The Sea Dogs lost the game 3-2, forcing a sixth game in the series on May 15 in Gatineau, QC.

Sea Dogs TV

In April 2008, the Sea Dogs created Sea Dogs TV, an official YouTube channel which houses various team highlights, interviews, features, and basically anything related to the Sea Dogs.[2]

2008 ADT Canada Russia Challenge co-host

On November 19, 2008, the Sea Dogs hosted game 2 of the Canada Russia Challenge, before a sell-out crowd at Harbour Station. The Russians defeated Team QMJHL by a score of 4-3. The 2008 ADT Canada Russia Challenge in Saint John included four Sea Dogs players. They were Chris DiDomenico, Alex Grant, Yann Sauvé, and Simon Despres. DiDomenico was not able to play for Team QMJHL due to an injury and was replaced by 17-year-old Steven Anthony.[3]

22 Game winning streak

In the 2009 - 2010 season, the Saint John Sea Dogs, playing in a very strong Atlantic Division, were successful in winning 22 consecutive games. During their streak, which extended from October 17 until December 12, Saint John scored 107 goals while allowing a mere 44. The offense was led mainly by Mike Hoffman (45 points and 8 game-winning goals), Nicholas Petersen (49), Michael Kirkpatrick (44) and rookie Stanislav Galiev (40 points). The strong defensive brigade saw its veteran, Yann Sauvé, register a solid +24 differential in addition to gathering 16 points. In nets, veteran Marc-Antoine Gélinas won 15 games, allowing a meager 1.83 goals per game along with a .933 save percentage. Karel St-Laurent posted the other seven wins. Following their incredible run, the Sea Dogs have taken hold of the top spot in the QMJHL overall standings, 9 points ahead of Drummondville. Their recent string of success places the franchise amongst the best in QMJHL history.

2010 Subway Super Series co-host

Canada and Russia faced off against each other on November 8.

Championship titles

2010 Atlantic Division Champions

2010 League Champions

2011 Maritime Division Champions

2011 League Champions

2011 President's Cup Champions

2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup Champions

2012 Maritime Division Champions

2012 League Champions

2017 Maritime Division Champions

2017 League Champions

2017 President's Cup Champions

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Legend: OL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss O = Out of playoffs X = Clinched playoff berth


Season Games Won Lost OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
O - 2005–06 70 15 47 2 6 38 0.214 174 325 8th East
O - 2006–07 70 20 47 1 2 43 0.286 209 337 8th East
X - 2007–08 70 41 22 4 3 89 0.586 265 238 2nd East
X - 2008–09 68 34 30 2 2 72 0.500 222 232 3rd Atlantic
X - 2009-10 68 53 12 1 2 109 0.779 309 187 1st Atlantic / 1st League
X - 2010-11 68 58 7 1 2 119 0.875 324 165 1st Maritimes / 1st League
X - 2011-12 68 50 15 0 3 103 0.757 298 180 1st Maritimes / 1st League
X - 2012–13 68 23 44 1 0 47 0.346 173 271 5th Maritimes / 16th League
O - 2013–14 68 19 44 2 3 43 0.316 165 255 6th Maritimes / 17th League
X − 2014–15 64 31 24 3 6 71 0.555 220 219 2nd Maritimes / 9th League
X - 2015-16 68 42 20 6 0 90 0.662 258 222 1st Maritimes / 5th League
X - 2016-17 68 48 14 5 1 102 .750 287 180 1st Maritimes / 1st League
O - 2017-18 68 14 43 9 2 39 .287 181 301 6th Maritimes / T-17th League
O - 2018-19 68 13 49 2 4 32 .235 168 364 5th Maritimes / 17th League
X - 2019-20 64 30 33 1 0 61 .477 226 280 4th Maritimes /
X - 2020-21 33 15 14 3 1 34 .515 138 136 3rd Maritimes /


defeated Rimouski Oceanic 4 games to none in first round
defeated Val-d'Or Foreurs 4 games to none in quarterfinals
defeated Chicoutimi Saguenéens 4 games to 2 in semifinals
defeated Blainville-Boisbriand Armadaille 4 games to 0 in QMJHL President's Cup Finals
President's Cup Champions
  • 2017 Memorial Cup
lost to Windsor Spitfires 3-2
lost to Erie Otters 12-5
defeated Seattle Thunderbirds 7-0
lost in semifinal vs Erie Otters 6-3
  • 2018 Did not qualify
  • 2019 Did not qualify
  • 2020 Playoffs cancelled
  • 2021 Eliminated in New Brunswick Round Robin 3-2-1 in 2nd place

Team captains

Team records

Team Records (All Time)
Statistic Record Holder Number
Most Goals (All Time) Michael Kirkpatrick 108
Most Assists (All Time) Jonathan Huberdeau 152
Most Points (All Time) Jonathan Huberdeau 254

~ Record is still active

Individual Player Records For A Single Season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Danick Gauthier 47 2011-12
Most goals in a game Zack Phillips/ Jonathan Huberdeau 4 2010-11 Playoffs
Most assists Jonathan Huberdeau 62 2010–11
Most points Jonathan Huberdeau 105 2010-11
Most points (rookie) Christopher DiDomenico 75 2006–07
Most goals (rookie) Tomas Jurco 26 2009-10
Most points (defenceman) Nathan Beaulieu 52 2011/12
Most penalty minutes Brett Gallant 192 2006–07
Most wins (goaltender) Mathieu Corbeil 37 2011-12
Most Shutouts Mathieu Corbeil 6 2011-12
Best GAA (goaltender) Jacob DeSerres 2.22 2010-11
Most goals in a game Mar, 23 2012 vs Cape Breton 13 2011-12 (Playoffs)
Most points (Playoffs) Stanislav Galiev/ Charlie Coyle 34 2011-2012
Most goals (Playoffs) Jonathan Huberdeau/ Stanislav Galiev 16 2010–2011/2011–2012
Most assists (Playoffs) Zack Phillips 23 2011–2012

Team Records
Statistic Record Season
Most Wins in a season 58 2010–2011
Most Losses in a season 55 (47 - 2 OT - 6 SO) 2005–2006
Least Losses in a season 7 2010–2011
Least Losses in a Playoff season 1 2011–2012
Most Points in a Season 119 2010–2011
Most Wins in a row 22 2009–2010
Most Wins at Home 32 2010–2011
Most Wins on the road 26 2010–2011
Division Titles 3 2009–2010; 2010–2011; 2011–2012
Regular Season Titles 3 2009–2010; 2010–2011; 2011–2012
President Cup Final Appearances 3 2009–2010; 2010–2011; 2011–2012
President Cup Championships 2 2010–2011; 2011–2012
Memorial Cup Appearances 2 2010–2011; 2011–2012
Memorial Cup Championships 1 2010–2011
Players Drafted by NHL 23 2005–2014

NHL Entry Draft history

Below is a list of players that have played for the Sea Dogs organization that have been drafted into the NHL, whether on the Sea Dogs roster at the time or not.

2015 NHL Draft

Pick # Player Nationality Position NHL team
13 Jakub Zboril Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic D Boston Bruins
18 Thomas Chabot Flag of Canada Canada D Ottawa Senators
98 Samuel Dove-McFalls Flag of Canada Canada LW Philadelphia Flyers
120 Mathieu Joseph Flag of Canada Canada RW Tampa Bay Lightning
138 Spencer Smallman Flag of Canada Canada RW Carolina Hurricanes
180 Bokondji Imama Flag of Canada Canada LW Tampa Bay Lightning
200 Adam Marsh Flag of the United States United States RW Detroit Red Wings

2014 NHL Draft

Pick # Player Nationality Position NHL team
197 Olivier LeBlanc Flag of Canada Canada D Columbus Blue Jackets

2013 NHL Draft

Pick # Player Nationality Position NHL team
210 Mitchell Dempsey Flag of Canada Canada LW Boston Bruins

2011 Entry Draft history

Pick # Player Nationality Position NHL team
3 Jonathan Huberdeau Flag of Canada Canada C Florida Panthers
17 Nathan Beaulieu Flag of Canada Canada D Montreal Canadiens
28 Zack Phillips Flag of Canada Canada C Minnesota Wild (From San Jose)
35 Tomas Jurco Flag of Slovakia Slovakia C Detroit Red Wings
162 Ryan Tesink Flag of Canada Canada LW St. Louis Blues

2010 Entry Draft history

Pick # Player Nationality Position NHL team
28 Charlie Coyle Flag of the United States United States C San Jose Sharks
86 Stanislav Galiev Flag of Russia Russia RW Washington Capitals
102 Mathieu Corbeil-Theriault Flag of Canada Canada G Columbus Blue Jackets
164 Stephen MacAulay Flag of Canada Canada LW St. Louis Blues

2009 Entry Draft history

Pick # Player Nationality Position NHL team
30 Simon Despres Flag of Canada Canada D Pittsburgh Penguins
42 Charles-Olivier Roussel Flag of Canada Canada D Nashville Predators
54 Eric Gelinas Flag of Canada Canada D New Jersey Devils
121 Nicholas Petersen Flag of Canada Canada RW Pittsburgh Penguins
130 Mike Hoffman Flag of Canada Canada C Ottawa Senators
187 Steven Anthony Flag of Canada Canada LW Vancouver Canucks (from Phoenix)

2008 Entry Draft history

Pick # Player Nationality Position NHL team
41 Yann Sauve Flag of Canada Canada D Vancouver Canucks
83 Marco Cousineau Flag of Canada Canada G Anaheim Ducks
84 Jacob DeSerres Flag of Canada Canada G Philadelphia Flyers

2007 Entry Draft history

Pick # Player Nationality Position NHL team
118 Alex Grant Flag of Canada Canada D Pittsburgh Penguins (from Detroit)
164 Christopher DiDomenico Flag of Canada Canada C Chicago Blackhawks (from Toronto)

2006 Entry Draft history

Pick # Player Nationality Position NHL team
117 Felix Schutz Flag of Germany Germany C Buffalo Sabres

NHL Alumni


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