The Montreal Canadiens have officially announced that its new AHL affiliate will be called Club de hockey Rocket de Laval.
Over 54,000 votes were cast after two initial ballots were cast to get down to a final three nominations.
winner among the top three names submitted.
Patriotes took 24% of votes, Rapides was next with 25%, but the clear winner was ROCKET with 51%.
It’s a result that may never have been in doubt given the history behind the fans choosing this name.
The Montreal Rocket were a junior team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for four seasons from 1999 to 2003, based out of Montreal, Quebec. The team was named in honour of Montreal Canadiens great Maurice “Rocket” Richard.
The team played its home games at both the Maurice Richard Arena and the Bell Centre, making a piece history along the way. Daniele Sauvageau became an assistant coach for the Rocket in 1999, the first female coach in QMJHL history.
The Montreal Rocket were relocated to Prince Edward Island in 2003, with financial problems and a dwindling fan base cited as major issues for doing so.
The PEI Rockets would last until 2013, when the team was renamed to the Charlottetown Islanders.
The Rockets of Laval shall play home games at the brand new Laval Centre in 2017-18 after the current agreement between the Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps expires.
Next up for Montreal’s new affiliate is the process of creating a logo and a colour scheme, but I don’t think they will look too far from home in that regard.