MONTREAL, Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 – The Golden Puck Awards, which highlight the exceptional season of the QMJHL’s elite, was held tonight at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in downtown Montreal. In addition to the twelve trophies that were handed out to the most deserving players, four hockey legends were inducted into the Hall of Fame, presented by RDS.
“Tonight, we celebrate the careers of four hockey legends, individuals who left their imprint on Quebec Major Junior Hockey League history,” said Michel Côté, the President of the QMJHL Hall of Fame Selection Committee. “We have the pleasure of inducting: Gerard Gallant, Jean-Luc Phaneuf, Normand Caisse and Patrice Brisebois. I would like to welcome them to this prestigious institution and congratulate them on a well-deserved honour.”
“If hockey is a sport of passion, it is also one of determination, endurance and pushing your limits. In this sense, the inductees of the QMJHL Hockey Hall of Fame are models for Quebec hockey as a whole. The entire RDS team would like to congratulate this year’s inductees for their fruitful careers, that inspire us all,” said Gerry Frappier, president and general manager of RDS.
Here is a brief career overview of each inductee:
Teams in the QMJHL as a player
Sherbrooke Castors (1980-81 and 1981-82)
St-Jean Castors (1982-83)
Verdun Junior (1982-83)
Teams in the QMJHL as a head coach
Saint John Sea Dogs (2009-10 to 2011-12)
After being selected in the 10th round by the Sherbrooke Castors in 1980, Gerard Gallant had a tremendous rookie season with 101 points; 41 goals in 68 games.
In three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, from 1980-81 to 1982-83, the five feet and 11 inch forward had accumulated 321 points, commanded respect, and was able to stick up for his teammates – as evidenced by his 706 penalty minutes.
In the playoffs, his 90 career points earned him 5th place all-time in the QMJHL, behind Jacques Jr Locas (153), Mario Lemieux (98), Jacques Richard (97) and Claude Verret (94).
He is the only member in QMJHL history to win the President Cup four times in his combined roles of player (2) and head coach (2). As a hockey player with Sherbrooke in 1982 and then in 1983 with
Verdun, Gallant would taste the joy of the championship series.
In 2009-10, he made a comeback in the QMJHL, this time as head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs (New Brunswick). The team won three consecutive regular season titles. In addition, Gallant’s team won the grand final of the playoffs in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, the Sea Dogs won the Memorial Cup as Gallant could count on a talented brigade including Jonathan Huberdeau, Stanislav Galiev, Jacob DeSerres, Nathan Beaulieu and Simon Després.
Therefore Gerard Gallant has maintained in the regular season, the best career winning percentage for a coach in the QMJHL (,791). Unsurprisingly, he twice won the Ron-Lapointe Trophy, awarded to the coach of the year, at the end of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
Teams in the QMJHL as a player
Montreal Bleu-Blanc-Rouge (1972-73)
Montreal Junior (1973-74 and 1974-75)
As a small centre, Jean-Luc Phaneuf was possibly the fastest and most electrifying player of his time.
He impressed fans with 297 points in 209 games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, in regular seasons and playoffs. An impressive average of 1.4 points per game.
For two seasons in the QMJHL, he made up half of a dynamic duo with Normand Dupont in the uniforms of the Montreal Junior. On many occasions, they both entertained the crowds at the Montreal Forum with their spectacular play making.
In 1974-1975, Jean -Luc Phaneuf, then captain of his team, had a stellar season with 151 points including 100 assists. He finished 2nd among scorers in the League that year; only seven points behind linemate Normand Dupont. He was named to the first all-star team in the League, he totaled 11 games of “4 points or more.” On November 14, 1974 during a 19-3 victory of the Montreal Junior against Chicoutimi, the number 14 made its way onto the score sheet eight times. On this, his landmark evening, he entered the record books of his franchise, for the most points in one game, matching the mark of Normand Dupont established a season before.
He has always been recognized on the ice for his exemplary conduct, which also earned him the title of “most sportsmanlike player” for the 1974-75 season. In three campaigns in the QMJHL, he only had 28 penalty minutes, averaging less than 10 minutes per season.
He was drafted in the National Hockey League by the Detroit Red Wings, and was also drafted in the World Hockey Association (WHA) by the Toronto Toros.
Ahead of his time, he was able to combine a career as a major junior hockey player all the while pursuing his studies. Long before the Sports Studies programs that we know today were implemented.
Officiel sur glace dans la LHJMQ
… Linesman (1969-70 to 1973-74)
… Referee (1973-74 to 1980-81)
For 12 seasons, Normand Caisse was a worthy representative of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as an on-ice official.
In the early beginnings of the QMJHL in 1969, Caisse began his career as a linesman, before taking responsibilities as a referee starting with the 1973-74 season.
From 1969-70 to 1980-81 he was involved in 291 regular and post-season games in the QMJHL. Let us remember the context in which the officials of his generation had to work; the games being played with great toughness. Brawls were common on the ice, and supporters were very critical indeed of the officials’ decisions, going as far as to throw objects at men in the striped jerseys.
He was highly respected throughout his career. The league executives, including president and founder Robert LeBel praised him highly, and gave him the most important games over which to preside.
In 1976 to 1977 he was appointed to manage the most games on the ice (46) which at the time allowed him to inscribe a new QMJHL record for the most games as a referee for a season, with 39 regular season games and 7 playoff games.
In May 1979, the Canadian Hockey League asked him to officiate during 2 games of the Memorial Cup.
He also made his mark at the international level, where in 1976 and 1979 he represented Canada as an on-ice referee for a world junior tournament. Caisse was even chosen to officiate during the Russia-Sweden final in 1979.
In everyday life, he has made a career in the world of education. For 28 years, he served as director of elementary schools in Longueuil. In addition, he became involved in local politics for more than a decade, having served as a councilor for the city of Longueuil from 1994 to 2009.
Teams in the QMJHL as a player
Laval Titan (1987-88 to 1989-90)
Drummondville Voltigeurs (1990-91)
Patrice Brisebois has left its mark on the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
In 1987 after being selected in the 3rd round, he began his major junior career with the Laval Titan.
In his career regular season, he played 208 games in the QMJHL, where he racked up 258 points. He reaped almost an assist per game, collecting a total of 193. On December 4,1989, he had a magic evening of seven points; 1 goal and 6 assists in a 12-0 win of Laval over Granby. He completed the 1989-90 season with a personal career-high of 88 points in 56 games.
Brisebois successively obtained 22 and 16 points in the playoffs, in 1989 and 1990. In 1991, the Drummondville Voltigeurs acquired him through a trade; he became the quarterback of the team and had his best playoffs with 24 points in only 14 games.
He won the President Cup twice with Laval, in 1989 and 1990. He had the chance to participate for the third time in the grand finale of the QMJHL in 1991.
He is one of the few players to have participated in the Memorial Cup on 3 occasions; scoring no fewer than 12 points in 13 games in total.
To conclude his major junior career in the 1990-91 season, where he played 10 games in the National League with the Montreal Canadiens, he was named “Defenseman of the Year” by the QMJHL. The same title was awarded to him in the Canadian Hockey League, ahead of Darryl Sydor (WHL) and Chris Snell (OHL).
The Canadian Junior National Team called on him on two occasions to attend the World Championship. Both times, in 1990 and 1991, he returned home with the gold medal around his neck.
In the National Hockey League
His NHL career was long and eventful. He has played at least one game in 18 different seasons, surpassing the 1000 regular season games milestone during his final season in 2008-09.
Patrice Brisebois was consistent, with eight seasons of 30 points or more. A career of 420 points during the regular season, to which he added 32 more in the playoffs.