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Sorel Éperviers
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City: Sorel-Tracy, Québec
League: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Operated: 1969 to 1981
Home Arena: Colisée Cardin
Verdun Auditorium
Colors: red and white
Franchise history
1969–77: Sorel Éperviers
1977–79: Verdun Éperviers
1979–80: Verdun/Sorel Éperviers
1980–81: Sorel Éperviers
1981–95: Granby Bisons
1995–97: Granby Prédateurs
1997–present: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Championships
Division Championships: two
(1973-74, 1978–79)

The Sorel Éperviers (Black Hawks) were a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 1969 to 1981. The team was one of the founding members of the QMJHL. They mostly played at the Colisée Cardin in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, but also spent a few seasons at the Verdun Auditorium in the Montreal suburb of Verdun, Quebec. The most famous Épervier alumnus would undoubtedly be Ray Bourque, who is also the only former Épervier in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Éperviers originated in the Quebec Junior Hockey League, and were the league's champion in 1969. Sorel were finalists in the 1968-69 Eastern Canada Memorial Cup Playoffs for the George Richardson Memorial Trophy, losing 3 games to 1 to the Montreal Junior Canadiens.

The 1973–74 QMJHL season sparked an offensive explosion, unmatched in Canadian Hockey League history. Sorel set a CHL record of 620 goals scored as a team. Three Sorel players, Pierre Larouche, Michel Deziel and Jacques Cossette, had more than 90 goals and 200 points each. Sorel goalkeeper Claude Legris also posted the highest goals against average of 4.50 goals per game for a Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy winner.

In 1981 the franchise moved to Granby, Quebec where they became the Granby Bisons. They won the Memorial Cup there in 1996. The franchise is today the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

NHL alumni

Season-by-season record

  • Sorel Éperviers (1969–1977)
  • Verdun Éperviers (1977–1979)
  • Verdun/Sorel Éperviers (1979–1980)
  • Sorel Éperviers (1980–1981)

Note :Pct = Winning percentage

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Éperviers' season-by-season record
Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Pct Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1969–70 56 33 23 0 66 0.589 295 220 4th, East
1970–71 62 25 36 1 51 0.411 214 249 6th, QMJHL
1971–72 62 38 24 0 76 0.613 287 224 4th, QMJHL
1972–73 64 38 23 3 79 0.617 398 362 3rd, QMJHL
1973–74 70 58 11 1 117 0.836 620 301 1st, East
1974–75 72 20 43 9 49 0.340 297 388 4th, East
1975–76 72 27 34 11 65 0.451 302 377 4th, East
1976–77 72 19 48 5 43 0.299 319 448 5th, Dilio
1977–78 72 32 31 9 73 0.507 378 332 4th, Lebel
1978–79 72 41 24 7 89 0.618 367 313 1st, Lebel
1979–80 72 20 47 5 45 0.312 321 426 4th, Lebel
1980–81 72 36 30 6 78 0.542 333 303 2nd, Lebel

All-time scoring leaders

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Éperviers' all-time scoring leaders
Player Pos GP G A Pts Seasons
Flag of Canada Michel Déziel LW 241 196 261 457 1970-1974
Flag of Canada Lucien DeBlois F 270 188 221 409 1973-1977
Flag of Canada Pierre Larouche F 110 141 211 352 1972-1974
Flag of Canada Jacques Cossette RW 132 158 183 341 1972-1974
Flag of Canada Dennis Desgagnés C 183 104 192 296 1970-1973
Flag of Canada Bob Ritchie LW 253 123 168 291 1971-1975
Flag of Canada Michel Bergeron RW 157 125 164 289 1971-1974
Flag of Canada Serge Gamelin RW 180 103 143 246 1971-1974
Flag of Canada Pierre Mondou RW 152 115 123 238 1972-1975
Flag of Canada Noël Desfossés 123 75 109 184 1970-1972
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