Espanola Screaming Eagles

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles are a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. They play at Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia.


Before Cape Breton (1969–1997)

The franchise was granted to the Sorel Eperviers (Black Hawks) for the 1969-70 season. They moved from Sorel to Verdun in 1977 to become the Verdun Eperviers. In 1979 they played in both Sorel and Verdun before moving back to Sorel for the next season. In 1981 they moved to Granby to become the Granby Bisons, and in 1995 they changed their names to the Granby Prédateurs. In 1996, the Prédateurs won the Memorial Cup. In 1997 they moved to Sydney to become the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Prior to the Eagles' arrival, Sydney played host to the AHL's Cape Breton Oilers from 1988 to 1996.

Cape Breton (1997–Present)

The Screaming Eagles' very first captain was Daniel Payette under coach Dany Dubé. They had very poor success in their first few seasons and often had difficulty earning respect around the league, with some players not wanting to come to Cape Breton or complaining while they were there. As enforcers were more common in the league at the time, the Screaming Eagles often made up for lack of skill by having an abundance of fighters, such as Trevor Ettinger, Pascal Morency, George Davis, and Hunter LaHache. Ettinger unfortunately commited suicide in 2003 while playing in the AHL.

The turn of the new millennium brought some hope to the Screaming Eagles franchise as new head coach and general manager Pascal Vincent was able to slowly turn things around. Star goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is often credited as the one who landed the Screaming Eagles on the map and prevented them from folding. Along with star players Dominic Noel, Stuart MacRae, and Stephen Dixon, the Screaming Eagles reached the league's conference final in 2002, only to lose in 5 games to Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Fleury's #29 went on to be retired by the Screaming Eagles on January 25th, 2008.

After six seasons in the league and only a conference final appearance to show for it, Vincent made a bold move and stacked the Screaming Eagles lineup with many NHL prospects for the 2003-2004 season in hopes of bringing a league title to Cape Breton. Most of the players came from a notorious "boomerang" trade with the Halifax Mooseheads. After the Screaming Eagles won 49 games and captured a division title, Fleury returned from the Pittsburgh Penguins, leading many to think the team would be unstoppable in the playoffs. The Screaming Eagles lost in the second round to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

Despite the embarrassment, President Greg Lynch opted not to fire Vincent. The Screaming Eagles adopted a new motto that character, will, and work ethic wins games over skill. In August 2004, Lynch died. At the 2004 QMJHL draft, the Screaming Eagles chose James Sheppard with the 1st overall pick. In 2006-2007, along with star players Luc Bourdon, Ondrej Pavelec, and Oskars Bartulis, Sheppard led the Screaming Eagles to the league semifinals, only to lose in a legendary 7-game series to the Val-d'Or Foreurs. In game 3, Screaming Eagles forward Chris Culligan won the game in overtime on a penalty shot, a moment many consider to be one of the greatest at Centre 200. Bourdon unfortunately died in a tragic motorcycle accident a year later.

The 2007-2008 season saw 16 year-old goaltender Olivier Roy rise to prominence after Marek Benda, the team's attempt at a second star Czech goalie, fell to injury for much of the season. The Screaming Eagles were able to finish 4th in their division and win their first round playoff series despite having a roster that normally dressed at least ten rookies. Vincent went on to be named the 2008 QMJHL Coach of the Year for his efforts. However, Vincent's tenure with the Screaming Eagles was ended on a negative note. Following the end of the season, Vincent violated the terms of his contract and became the head coach and general manager of the Montreal Junior Hockey Club, the new QMJHL team based out Verdun, Quebec. The Screaming Eagles traded Neil Sherren (an 11th round pick from the 2007 draft) to Montreal and received a 3rd round draft pick in return. This is widely considered as the Screaming Eagles' compensation from Montreal for Vincent's illegal departure, even though there are no official rules in place for such compensation to exist.

The new head coach and general manager would be assistant coach Mario Durocher.


Current roster


Player Catches Position Acquired NHL Rights Place of Birth
1 Christopher Holden L G 2008 Invitee Free Agent Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
31 Olivier Roy L G 2007 QMJHL Draft Eligible 2009 Amqui, Quebec

Player Shoots Position Acquired NHL Rights Place of Birth
2 Mathieu Brodeur L D 2007 QMJHL Draft PHO 2008 Montreal, Quebec
4 Morgan Ellis R D 2008 QMJHL Draft Eligible 2010 Ellerslie, Prince Edward Island
20 Samuel Finn (A) L D 2007 QMJHL Draft Eligible 2009 Trois-Rivières, Quebec
22 Olivier Dame-Malka L D 2007 Invitee Free Agent Montreal, Quebec
24 Myles Micallef L D 2008 Invitee Free Agent Fort Erie, Ontario
25 Jan Piskacek L D 2007 CHL Import Draft Free Agent Czech Republic
26 Francis Meilleur L D 2007 QMJHL Draft Eligible 2009 Montreal, Quebec

Player Shoots Position Acquired NHL Rights Place of Birth
6 Michael Stinziani L RW Trade with Gat 2008 Free Agent Montreal, Quebec
7 Chris Culligan (C) L C 2004 QMJHL Draft Free Agent Sydney, Nova Scotia
8 Robert Slaney (A) L LW 2005 QMJHL Draft Free Agent Carbonear, Newfoundland
10 Pierre-Olivier Payment L LW Trade with Gat 2008 Free Agent Saint-Jean, Quebec
11 Logan Shaw R RW 2008 QMJHL Draft Eligible 2011 Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
12 Nick MacNeil L C 2005 QMJHL Draft Free Agent Judique, Nova Scotia
13 Artem Demkov R RW 2008 CHL Import Draft Free Agent Minsk, Belarus
14 Nicholas Chouinard R C 2006 QMJHL Draft Eligible 2009 Matane, Quebec
16 Jean-Christophe Gauthier L C 2006 QMJHL Draft Free Agent St-Hyacinthe, Quebec
17 Murdock MacLellan R RW Trade with Mon 2008 Free Agent Mabou, Nova Scotia
18 Vincent Lavigueur L C Trade with Gat 2008 Free Agent Saint-Eustache, Quebec
19 Jérémy Gouchie R RW 2006 QMJHL Draft Free Agent Montreal, Quebec
21 Philippe Fontaine L LW 2007 QMJHL Draft Eligible 2009 Quebec City, Quebec
27 Joey Haddad (A) L RW Trade with PEI 2007 PIT 2008 Sydney, Nova Scotia
28 Brett McCarron L C 2008 Invitee Free Agent Sydney, Nova Scotia

NHL alumni

NHL 1st round draft picks

Retired numbers

Award winners

CHL Scholastic Player of the Year

  • 2007-2008: Robert Slaney

Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy

  • 2003-2004: Martin Houle (2.32)
  • 2005-2006: Ondrej Pavelec (2.51)
  • 2006-2007: Ondrej Pavelec (2.52)

Luc Robitaille Trophy

  • 2006-2007: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (308)

Marcel Robert Trophy

  • 2004-2005: Guillaume Demers
  • 2007-2008: Robert Slaney

Maurice Filion Trophy

  • 2006-2007: Pascal Vincent

Mike Bossy Trophy

  • 2002-2003: Marc-Andre Fleury

Philips Plaque

  • 2001-2002: Pierre-Luc Emond

Raymond Lagacé Trophy

  • 2005-2006: Ondrej Pavelec
  • 2007-2008: Olivier Roy


  • 2005-2006: Ondrej Pavelec
  • 2007-2008: Olivier Roy

Robert Lebel Trophy

  • 2003-2004: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (2.33)

Ron Lapointe Trophy

  • 2007-2008: Pascal Vincent

Telus Cup – Defensive

  • 2002-2003: Marc-Andre Fleury
  • 2004-2005: Martin Houle

Season-by-season record

Regular season

OL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss, Pct = Winning percentage

Season Games Won Lost Tied OL SL Points Pct Goals
1997–98 70 19 46 5 43 0.307 211 295 6th, Dilio
1998–99 70 22 44 4 48 0.343 226 272 6th, Dilio
1999–00 72 24 39 3 6 57 0.396 230 302 3rd, Maritimes
2000–01 72 30 37 4 1 65 0.451 270 292 2nd, Maritimes
2001–02 72 38 20 10 4 90 0.625 286 224 3rd, Maritimes
2002–03 72 21 37 9 5 56 0.389 200 268 4th, Maritimes
2003–04 70 49 16 2 3 103 0.736 273 164 1st, Atlantic
2004–05 70 32 27 8 3 75 0.536 206 195 3rd, Atlantic
2005–06 70 40 23 3 4 87 0.621 236 206 3rd, Eastern
2006–07 70 46 22 2 0 94 0.671 308 200 2nd, Eastern
2007–08 70 40 24 3 3 86 0.614 242 230 4th, Eastern


  • 1997-1998: Lost 4-0 in division quarterfinals to Quebec Remparts
  • 1998-1999: Lost 4-1 in division quarterfinals to Acadie-Bathurst Titan
  • 1999-2000: Lost 4-0 in conference quarterfinals to Quebec Remparts
  • 2000-2001: Lost 4-1 in conference semifinals to Acadie-Bathurst Titan
  • 2001-2002: Lost 4-1 in conference finals to Acadie-Bathurst Titan
  • 2002-2003: Lost 4-0 in conference quarterfinals to Halifax Mooseheads
  • 2003-2004: Lost 4-1 in league quarterfinals to Chicoutimi Sagueneens
  • 2004-2005: Lost 4-1 in league quarterfinals to Gatineau Olympiques
  • 2005-2006: Lost 4-0 in division semifinals to Acadie-Bathurst Titan
  • 2006-2007: Lost 4-3 in league semifinals to Val-d'Or Foreurs
  • 2007-2008: Lost 4-1 in division semifinals to Halifax Mooseheads

Team records

Team Records For A Single Season
Statistic Total Season
Most Points 103 2003-2004
Least Points 43 1997-1998
Most Wins 49 2003-2004
Most Goals For 308 2006-2007
Least Goals For 200 2002-2003
Least Goals Against 164 2003-2004
Most Goals Against 302 1999-2000
Highest Pct. 0.714 2003-2004

Individual Player Records For A Single Season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most Goals Cam Fergus 53 2006-2007
Most Assists Dominic Noel, James Sheppard 63 2001-2002, 2006-2007
Most Points Dominic Noel 105 2001-2002
Most Points (Rookie) James Sheppard 45 2004-2005
Most Points (Defenceman) Jean-Claude Sawyer 77 2006-2007
Most Penalty Minutes Pascal Morency 596 2001-2002
Most Wins (Goaltender) Martin Houle 34 2003-2004
Best GAA (Goaltender) Martin Houle 2.32 2003-2004

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