The Laval Rocket is one of the newer teams in the AHL, but members see themselves as part of a significant tradition. This can be seen in their motto, propulsé par l’histoire, which means "fueled by history." The Laval Rocket isn't just the farm team for an Original Six NHL team, the Montreal Canadiens. It's also located in a city that has a proud hockey history of its own. Laval was for many years home to junior hockey teams like the Laval National, Laval Voisins and the Laval Titan. Future NHL stars, including Mike Bossy and Mario Lemieux, played their junior hockey in this city. The arrival of the Laval Rocket is a way for the city to level up in terms of hockey and to continue the city's rich tradition with the sport. The Rocket played its first season in 2017-18, compiling a record of 24-32-0-7-3. Since then, the team has seen improvement and made exciting new signings. Get your tickets to see the Laval Rocket at StubHub.
Who is the head coach of the Laval Rocket?
Joël Bouchard has been the head coach of the Laval Rocket since May 2018. Bouchard had a long playing career before transitioning to coaching. After being drafted by the Calgary Flames in 1992, Bouchard embarked on his professional career during the 1993-94 season. Over the years, he played for several AHL and NHL teams, including the Calgary Flames, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers and Hamilton Bulldogs. This lengthy pro career helps Bouchard to understand the ups and downs his players face. Before arriving in Laval, Bouchard also coached for Canada's National U-20 program and in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Bouchard's assistant coaches include Alexandre Burrows and Daniel Jacob.
Who are some notable players for the Laval Rocket?
The Laval Rocket is the AHL affiliate for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team develops many of the Canadiens' top prospects. In 2020, Jesperi Kotkaniemi was sent to Laval to gain more experience and flourished there. The Rocket has also made great signings. For example, Quebec native Yannick Veilleux played his way onto the team in 2020 after signing a tryout contract in late 2019. The forward recorded 9 points in 14 games and earned a permanent spot on the team's roster.
Where does the Laval Rocket get its name?
The Laval Rocket is named after Montreal Canadiens legend Maurice "Rocket" Richard. More than a hockey player, Richard, who died in 2000, was an important cultural figure in the province of Quebec. His number, 9, is featured on all the Laval Rocket's jerseys in the forearm area. Richard was a multiple Stanley Cup winner for the Canadiens during their heyday in the 1950s. He won the Hart Trophy as MVP during the 1946-47 season. Rocket Richard. who was never afraid to speak his mind, wrote a newspaper column both during and after his years as a player. After his playing career, Richard became a successful businessman and continued to represent the team at social functions.
Where does the team play?
The Laval Rocket play its home games at Place Bell in Laval. This multipurpose arena opened in August 2017. The facility includes two ice rinks. In addition to hosting AHL hockey, the venue features public artwork celebrating the history of Laval. There's also a statue commemorating Rocket Richard. Place Bell can accommodate 5,000 fans for AHL games.
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