No QMJHL teams are moving: Courteau

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QMJHL commissioner makes stop in Charlottetown to visit the P.E.I. Rocket

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee, left, welcomes Quebec Major Junior Hockey League commissioner Gilles Courteau to the city recently. Looking on is P.E.I. Rocket president Serge Savard Jr.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is not looking at adding any new teams, its commissioner said during a recent visit to Charlottetown.

“There are no expansion plans at this time,” said Gilles Courteau, after giving a presentation to members of the P.E.I. Rocket, team supporters and local politicians.

Courteau, who was in the region to meet with league teams, said there are also no plans for any team to move to a new stadium being built in Rivière-du-Loup.

Earlier this year, Léo-Guy Morrissette, president and owner of the struggling Acadie-Bathurst Titan, denied a rumour he was planning to pack up and leave for Rivière-du-Loup.

“At this time, no teams are planning on moving,” said Courteau. “We’re solid.”

The Rocket (13-9-2-0) plays today versus the Voltigeurs (14-12) in Drummondville, then faces the Quebec Remparts (19-5-0-1) on Wednesday in Quebec City. Both games start at 8 p.m.  

Drummondville is ninth overall, two spots ahead of P.E.I., while the nationally-ranked Remparts are third overall and lead the Eastern Division.

P.E.I. has been decent on road this this season at 5-4-1-0.

Drummondville is 7-5 at home while Quebec, winner  of seven of its last 10 games, is 6-4-0-1 at Colisée Pepsi.

At home, the Rocket is living once again with low attendance numbers, averaging under 1,700 spectators per game at the Civic Centre, despite its improved record and solid squad.

Courteau said he’s confident attendance will improve.

“P.E.I. has gone through a couple of tough years,” he said. “But with a local coach (head coach Gordie Dwyer) and with the better team, I’m confident that starting after Christmas the fans will perk up and support their team.”

Moncton’s Allain Saulnier, Quebec’s Anthony Duclair and Rouyn-Noranda’s Alexandre Bélanger are the first, second and third stars of the week in the QMJHL.

Saulnier had nine points in three games, Duclair had seven points in three games and Bélanger went 2-0, including

a shutout, with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage.



Organizations: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Civic Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Drummondville, Quebec City Rivière-du-Loup Moncton Rouyn-Noranda

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Recent comments

  • Mike
    November 28, 2012 - 08:22

    It is not that loud and depending on where you are sitting in the rink you can not even hear it. If you are at either end of the rink you can barly hear the music and the announcer. And I think we have the best announcer in the league. I don't think the music is the problem and people are not coming cause the music is to loud cause really and truly its not overly loud during warm up its turned up a bit but that is to get the players going. Stop using that as an excuse to go to the games cause its a pretty lame excuse. You are in a rink there is going to be a lot of noise it is part of the game.

  • Not unless they listen to the fans
    November 27, 2012 - 18:09

    While the team is somewhat better than last year the management of this team still does not listen to the fans. A petition was circulated and then given to management about the OVERLY LOUD music and annoucing at the games (most of these from season ticket holders) I gave up my season ticket after last season ( i had one since their inception- 9 years) hpwever the constant loud noise finally beat me. I have gone to a couple of games this season and while there I just pray there is no whistles so I dont have to be bombarded with the noise. I think the team thinks that noise creates atmoshere! They are wrong. Until they get this fixed a lot of fans will continue to stay away. They have been told this over and over , but just don;t seemed to get it!